Date:   11/1/2008

Influences of Motown: The Chinua Hawk + Chris Cauley Project To Perform at Thrasher

Top emerging singer/songwriters Chinua Hawk and Chris Cauley will showcase classic and favorite Motown hits from artists like Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Smoky Robinson, and Marvin Gaye. The Chinua Hawk and Chris Cauley Project -- named 2008 APCA Performance of the Year – will also share some of the best new original music this country has to offer. Hawk and Cauley, two of the all-time top music acts of the college circuit, will play together accompanied by their keyboardist for a one of a kind experience at the historic Thrasher Opera House on November 1.


Singer, Songwriter, Entrepreneur. These are just some of the words that can be used to describe Chinua Hawk. Born and raised in New Jersey, Hawk considers himself a citizen of the world. “My music is for everyone,” explains Hawk. “I listen to everything… so it comes through in my writing.”


From a very young age, Hawk knew that he was destined to be a singer. Singing at the Friendship Baptist Church in Trenton, New Jersey taught this humble young man how to connect the spirit with the music. As a performer with hundreds of performances under his belt, Hawk captivates audiences all over the world with the simplicity and class that defines his career. “My show is very simple -- what you see is what you get,” says Hawk. “If you come to my show to see me, then I know you came to hear some real singing and have a good time. I’m not a dancer; I’m a storyteller and a dreamer. I share these things with you onstage. It’s just that simple.”


Along with his extensive touring record, Hawk also boasts CD sales not only in the US, but also in France, England, Japan, Switzerland, and Canada. He counts himself very fortunate to have performed with Celine Dion in front of a crowd of 30,000 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, and has also written songs with Wyclef Jean and worked in the studio with producer/rapper Kanye West on rapper Talib Kwelis’ song “Just To Get By.”  Hawk’s other accomplishments include the 2003 Heineken Music Initiative/ASCAP Foundation R&B Songwriter’s Grant,  the Disc Makers Independent Music World Series in 2004, and he was named the APCA Multi-Cultural Artist of the year in 2004 and 2006. Millions heard Hawk’s song “Can’t Move On” when it aired on the CBS drama Joan of Arcadia.


Chris Cauley is a 23 year old singer/songwriter from Atlanta, Georgia. With a unique blend of rock and R&B in his voice, Cauley appeals to all genres of music and an audience of any age. His passion, soul and easy charm is so captivating that in his first year on the college circuit he was voted APCA Coffeehouse Artist of the Year. Cauley began writing songs at the age of 16 and formed an acoustic trio by the name of Broken Poets. The high school trio awed audiences throughout the state of Georgia with their tight harmonies and smooth instrumentation. After the three went their separate ways, Cauley continued to pursue a career in music. As a solo artist Cauley has opened for many world touring acts including Amos Lee, Will Hoge, Edwin McCain, Kevn Kinney of Drivin' and Cryin', Matt Nathanson, and Motor City Josh and The Big 3.


Cauley released his first solo EP entitled "Wishing Well" in May of 2003, and in 2004, at the age of 19, Chris signed with Red Drum Records out of Augusta, Georgia. For such a young artist, Cauley has played more shows and performed for larger audiences than most aspiring artists of any age will in a lifetime. He has the voice, he has the songs, and most importantly he has the gift of comfort onstage which enables his unique charisma to shine for his audience.


Tickets for this special concert are only $18 and can be purchased at the Thrasher office, Knowledge Emporium, Green Lake Bank (Green Lake); Pick N’ Save, Ripon Drug (Ripon); Twister (Princeton) or by calling (920) 294-4279.  Online tickets available at 


This program is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts with additional support from Condon Total Comfort. 


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