Born and raised in Los Angeles, Hawley began falling in love with the musical landscape that surrounded the city he calls home when he was about 16. In befriending and coming of age alongside other LA-based musicians like Phoebe Bridgers and Harrison Whitford, he wound up at the center of the city’s youthful singer/songwriter scene. He began his recording career with Honeywater, his duo with friend/actor/activist Amandla Stenberg. In the summer of 2015, the band’s eponymous debut EP reached #7 on the iTunes Folk chart. Later that year, Hawley released his first solo EP, I Wish I Was, and moved to Nashville, where he began writing the songs that would come to make up When I Get Blue.
Produced by close friend Marshall Vore (drums for Ryan Adams, production for Korey Dane) and recorded in only two days, When I Get Blue offers listeners a stunning amount of intimacy, giving them a firsthand look into what it’s like to fall in love and find your place in the world, with varying degrees of success in both ventures.