Caleb Hawley & Theo Katzman
On paper, Caleb Hawley’s resume reads as the standard Who’s Who for up-and-coming songwriters. Then you hear him sing, and you realize there is only one word needed to describe this artist: Extraordinary.
From his ability to write intricate lyrics with cutting-edge chords to his lightening fast licks and ear for taste and style, there is absolutely nothing average about this shaggy-haired, blue-eyed, multi-faceted musician. Receiving top honors in the prestigious New York Songwriters Circle Contest (2008 and 2009), the John Lennon Songwriting Contest (2009), the Telluride Festival (2010), the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (2010), and Rocky Mountain Folks Fest (2011) for his songwriting, he also has a voice to place him in the final fifty on the 2011 American Idol Season. Hawley is as aggressive as he is perseverant in advancing his art and impressing audiences with his unique and catchy approach to music.
Sharing the stage with industry greats such as Mark Cohn, Rusted Root, Dave Matthews Band, Shawn Mullins, and Edwin McCain, this diverse songwriter has written and produced three albums and toured all over the country playing sold-out venues and nationwide festivals. Though his initial passion simply began with a guitar and a love for a wide variety of music from Metallica to Martin Sexton, it was shortly after graduating Berklee College of Music with a degree in jazz composition that Caleb discovered a knack for song writing. He quickly made his way to New York City to pursue his newfound ambitions.
While lyrically influenced by observational writers such as Randy Newman and Tom Waits, Hawley is also well known for his outstanding vocal capacity and range. The humble performer captivates audiences with soothing folk tunes in the same manner as James Taylor, and with the next breath blows them away with his powerhouse of soul, likened to that of Stevie Wonder. Audiences leave a Caleb Hawley show with a permanent grin, a heart full of laughter, and a tune to hum the whole way home.
Approaching his art from the purest of places, Caleb is engaging in his awe-inspiring talent, his genuine love for music and his unsurpassed work ethic that has set him on a road destined for enormous success. Maintaining a thoroughly entertaining presence on every stage he steps foot on, Hawley continues to thrill fans from New York to L.A. He is respected by fellow musicians and audiences alike for his genuine spirit, natural abilities, and heart of gold, making this small town Midwestern boy a role model for every young musician who started out with just a dollar and a dream.
~Christina Morelli, NYC Art Scene
Who is Theo Katzman?
We know him as the former guitarist in the electro-pop supergroup My Dear Disco. He was a drummer when he lived in New York. We've seen him play bass for folk artists and hip hop crews. Now he's a singer/songwriter.
Theo's songs showcase impressive instrumental ability, catchy melodies, and intimate honesty. As indie as he is soulful, he has a crush on Feist, an obsession with D'Angelo, and a heartache like Neil Young.