Unstoppable: Billboard chart-topper Adam Hawley signs new R&B/jazz artists to grow his MBF Entertainment label
Jason Jackson, Brandon Marceal and Kat Hawley have new projects on the release schedule.
RIVERSIDE, CALIF. (19 January 2024): R&B/Jazz guitarist Adam Hawley’s rocket ride continues as the 14-time Billboard chart-topping artist, songwriter and producer inked three artists to bolster his boutique record label, MBF Entertainment. The title track to his sixth album, “Unstoppable,” launches the imprint’s 2024 release slate that includes forthcoming releases from saxophonist Jason Jackson, flautist Brandon Marceal and vocalist Kat Hawley.
Hawley’s career path and chart successes in the eight years since he released his debut album, “Just the Beginning,” have been nothing short of extraordinary. Prior to releasing the 2016 collection on Maurice White’s Kalimba Records that earned him three Billboard No. 1 hits, Hawley was a first-call touring and session musician, playing guitar on stage and in the studio to accompany Jennifer Lopez, Natalie Cole, Brian McKnight, Backstreet Boys, Lalah Hathaway, Dave Koz, Brian Culbertson, and Manhattan Transfer. Three more albums followed as did the No. 1 Billboard hits – for his solo releases as well as for music that he wrote and/or produced for other artists.
After White passed and Kalimba Records dismantled, Hawley began releasing his albums via his own label, MBF Entertainment. First, he reissued his first two albums, “Just the Beginning” and “Double Vision,” in 2019. His third album, “Escape,” was the first new album released by MBF Entertainment. It was 2020’s best-selling jazz album in 2020 according to Nielsen, driven by two more Billboard No. 1 hits.
Although Hawley initially created MBF Entertainment to release his own records, as he continued to experience success as a producer, he decided to bring everything together under one roof and sign other artists to the label.
“I was the last person to get onboard with doing a label,” admitted Hawley with a laugh. “But the more music that I wrote and produced for other artists, I saw the opportunity to combine all these elements of creating music and then releasing it in a way that would build the careers of these artists.”
Hawley produced several tracks for Jackson’s 2021 debut EP, “Movin’ On,” and the R&B/jazz saxman’s first full-length album, “All In,” the following year. Jackson’s first single for MBF Entertainment will arrive in April.
Hawley produced two singles for Marceal, a soulful contemporary jazz artist who adds urban and gospel nuances to his repertoire. The flutist’s debut single for MBF Entertainment will drop in June.
Kat Hawley, Adam’s wife, released her debut single for the label, “Keep On, Keepin’ On,” last June featuring saxophone star Steve Cole. Her sophomore single, “Never Too Busy,” (Video Stream Above) was released earlier this month and offers a second glimpse into what’s to come when her debut album streets in July.
“The thing the first few artists signed to MBF Entertainment have in common is that they put the music first. They’re all fantastic players and good people. They are devoted to learning their craft and each one of them has something to say artistically,” said the Los Angeles-based Hawley, who earned a doctorate in music arts from the University of Southern California.
Last month, Hawley toured the U.S. performing a Christmas-themed concert setlist in support of his newly released “What Christmas Means To Me” album. The “Unstoppable” single will be released next month followed by the album of the same name in March. Featured guests on the project include Jackson, Kat Hawley, saxophonist Judah Sealy, and vocalist L. Young.
MBF Entertainment releases are distributed by A-Train Entertainment. For more information, please visit https://www.mbfentertainment.com.
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