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Adam Hawley prepares “Escape”

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Hawley will drop his third album on February 28 – including, “To The Top” featuring saxman Jeff Ryan.

The four years since dropping his debut album has been a bit of a rocket ride for award-winning R&B-jazz guitaristAdam Hawley. Six of his seven singles have gone to No. 1 nationally and he deftly avoided the sophomore slump when his second outing further established the artist as a centerstage solo artist. The stage is now being set for the February 28tharrival of “Escape,” his third album and first for his new record label,MBF Entertainment. Hawley produced and wrote eight of the record’s ten tunes featuring collaborations with a constellation of smooth/contemporary jazz luminaries includingRick Braun,Najee,Michael Lington,Jeff Ryan, Marcus AndersonandGreg Manning.

Hawley’s albums adopt themes and as he composed the title cut for “Escape,” he felt transported. That feeling inspired the rest of the music he wrote for the collection.

“When I wrote ‘Escape,’ it really took me away to another, specialplace. The groove, the vibe…it just transported me to a place of chill and Zen. That became the theme that runs throughtheentire record,” said Hawley, a Portland, Oregon native who has resided in the Los Angeles area ever since earning aDoctorate of Musical Artsfrom theUniversity of Southern California.

Anchoring the beats and grooves throughout “Escape,” drummerEric Valentineand bassistsNathaniel Kearney Jr.andIan Martinare longtime and frequent Hawley co-conspirators. PercussionistRamon Yslasadds nuance andCarnell Harrellsupplements with vibrant harmonies via his keyboards, organ and synth.

“Escape” includes the following songs: 

“Tokyo Groove”

“99 and Counting” featuring Michael Lington

“Saturday Morning”

“To The Top” featuring Jeff Ryan

“Senorita” featuring Kat Hawley

“Escape” featuring Rick Braun

“Sunday Swing”

“Can’t Stop” featuring Marcus Anderson

“Thinking of You” featuring Najee

“Rain”

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