Originally, the singer Mayer Hawthorne (born Andrew Cohen) was a member of hip-hop groups Athletic Mic League and Now On. The DJ/Producer would begin to make recordings that evoked the ‘60s and ‘70s soul music as a joke, only to have it catch on and result in a label deal with Stones Throw Records.
In 2008, he released his first official single, “Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out”/”When I Said Goodbye.” Almost a year later, his debut album A Strange Arrangement (produced entirely by him) was released, breaking into the Billboard 200.
His sophomore album How Do You Do dropped in 2011 to more fanfare, with it being released under the Universal Republic Records label. Mayer’s overall nostalgic soul vibe was preserved for a wider audience making it a top 10 R&B/Hip-Hop album. The album even included a collaboration with Snoop Dogg titled “Can’t Stop.”
The follow-up to his 2011 effort Where Does This Door Go? released in 2013. Mayer would broaden his collaborative roster to include working with Pharrell Williams, producer Jack Splash, Warren “Oak” Felder, and rapper Kendrick Lamar. The effort paid off, with the album breaking the top 30 of the Billboard 200 and once again giving the singer a top 10 R&B album.
In 2016, the singer released Man About Town, continuing his soul inclinations and resulting in favorable reviews. Since then, he’s formed projects with other producers and artists under the names Tuxedo and Jaded Incorporated.