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Title - Risin’ Up
Artist - Adam Hawley

For those unaware, dropping his third album two weeks prior to last year’s stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic didn’t halt guitarist Adam Hawley’s remarkable chart domination.

His R&B-jazz collection Escape proved inescapable, scoring three No. 1 singles, including the No. 1 single of 2020, To The Top. The musician-songwriter-producer who to date has amassed nine No. 1 singles returns on September 10th, 2021 with his fourth album, Risin’ Up, which will be preceded by the horn-powered title track as the first single that goes for playlist adds on August 16th.

The second release on Hawley’s MBF Entertainment label, Risin’ Up is purposely upbeat after what the world has endured since his last album.

Furthermore, Risin’ Up represents us as a country ascending over the past year and a half with a sense of renewed purpose and vigor. It’s about overcoming and feeling inspired and hopeful.

1. Gotta Get Up
2. Keep It There
3. Right On, Right On
4. Let’s Get Down Tonight
5. On The One
6. Keep On Dancin’
7. Risin’ Up
8. Come On And Dance
9. Undeniable
10. Tell Me You Love Me

This deliciously fresh, and exuberantly ambient new album opens on the cool hipsway of the upbeat and funky Gotta Get Up and the luscious ebb and flow of Keep It There (featuring Steve Cole), and backs those up seamlessly with the soulful R&B of Right On, Right On (featuring Julian Vaughn), the finger-snapping groove of Let’s Get Down Tonight (featuring Vincent Ingala) and then the laid back, smooth roll of On The One is brought forth.

We then get the joyous, free flowing soulful groove of Keep On Dancin’ (featuring Riley Richard), with the title track up next, featuring a great horn arrangement from David Mann, it encapsulates perfectly the positivity of this album, before the recording rounds out on the magnificent, late summer’s night appeal of Come On And Dance, the harmonious ambiance of Undeniable, closing on the all-encompassing vocals and melodies of the mid-tempo Demi Lovato love song Tell Me You Love Me (featuring his wife, Kat Hawley).

“I started writing as soon as my last album was released, which coincided with the pandemic,” Hawley explains. “Like many others, I found myself at home with a great deal of time on my hands and spent most of it in the studio writing, experimenting with new sounds, and exploring my creativity.”

As noted, other featured soloists on Risin’ Up include bassist Julian Vaughn, who appeared on Hawley’s second album, Double Vision, and Kat Hawley, his wife who sings on all of his projects.

Indeed, Kat Hawley’s vocals command the spotlight on Tell Me You Love Me, a reimagined Demi Lovato tune that closes the collection.

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