Just in time for Father’s Day, Hawthorne has a new track called “Reach Out Richard” that pays tribute to his dad.
The song, produced by Pharrell Williams (a.k.a. the man already featured on two of the top five songs in the country right now), is from his upcoming Where Does This Door Go, due July 16, and is giving us some serious Steely Dan/’70s funk yacht-party vibes.
Check out the exclusive EW premiere of “Reach Out Richard” below.
“With Father’s Day coming up, I wanted to share a special song about my father,” Hawthorne tells EW. “This was the hardest song I’ve ever had to write. I still tear up sometimes just thinking about it. Thanks to Pharrell for pushing me to get the whole story out. Love you, Dad. I’ll find my way eventually.”
Hawthorne will be also on tour this summer with OneRepublic; dates start July 19 in Tulsa, OK.