Daryl Hall & John Oates

Daryl Hall & John Oates

Daryl Hall and John Oates are the NUMBER-ONE SELLING DUO in music history!

2014 is a big year for Daryl Hall and John Oates, as they just got inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Starting out as two devoted disciples of earlier soul greats, Daryl Hall & John Oates are soul survivors in their own right. They have become such musical influences on some of today’s popular artists that the September 2006 cover of Spin Magazine’s headline read: “Why Hall and Oates are the New Velvet Underground.” Their artistic fan base includes Rob Thomas, John Mayer, Brandon Flowers of the Killers, Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie and MTV’s newest hipsters Gym Class Heroes who dubbed their tour “Daryl Hall for President Tour 2007.” One of the most sampled artists today, their impact can be heard everywhere from boy band harmonies, to neo-soul to rap-rock fusion.

Signed to Atlantic by Ahmet Ertegan in the 1970’s, Daryl Hall & John Oates have sold more albums than any other duo in music history. Their 1973 debut album, Abandoned Luncheonette, produced by Arif Mardin, yielded the Top 10 single, “She’s Gone,” which also went to #1 on the R&B charts when it was covered by Taveras. The duo recorded one more album with Atlantic, War Babies, (produced by Todd Rundgren) before they left and promptly signed to RCA. Their tenure at RCA would catapult the duo to international superstardom.

From the mid-’70s to the mid-’80s, the duo would score six #1 singles, including “Rich Girl” (also #1 R&B), “Kiss on My List,” “Private Eyes,” “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do) (also #1 R&B), “Maneater” and “Out of Touch” from their six consecutive multi-platinum albums—’76’s Bigger Than Both of Us, ’80’s Voices, ’81’s Private Eyes, ‘82’s H2O, ‘83’s Rock N Soul, Part I and ‘84’s Big Bam Boom. The era would also produce an additional 5 Top 10 singles, “Sara Smile,” “One on One,” “You Make My Dreams,” “Say It Isn’t So” and “Method of Modern Love.”

"I guess I'd call it my own personal brand of global pop music," Mutlu says of his new EP Dreambook.

Indeed, the five-song release finds the charismatic singer-songwriter-guitarist delivering distinctive, personally-charged music that's effortlessly contemporary, yet deeply connected with R&B and soul traditions as well as a broad range of cross-cultural stylistic influences.

A Philadelphia native and first-generation American of Turkish descent, Mutlu has already built a substantial fan base in his hometown, while winning widespread praise for his prior releases. He's also collaborated and toured with Daryl Hall & John Oates, and gained considerable attention for his work with noted singer-songwriter Amos Lee, with whom he's toured extensively as a support act and backup vocalist. He's also shared stages with the likes of Joe Jackson, Adele, Eric Hutchinson, Katy Perry, John Hiatt, Leon Russell, the Blind Boys of Alabama, and G. Love and Special Sauce amongst others.

Mutlu brings a wealth of musical and life experience to Dreambook. In addition to being the first product of his current collaboration with

the distinguished production/songwriting team of Rob Hyman, Rick Chertoff and David Forman, Dreambook showcases Mutlu's multiple strengths as a sublimely soulful singer, a uniquely expressive songwriter, and a guitarist of taste and imagination.

The artist, born Mutlu Onaral, grew up steeped in Philadelphia's deep R&B traditions, eagerly absorbing the fundamentals of old-school soul music and incorporating it into his own musical persona. His local success led to a recording deal with Manhattan/EMI Records, which released his acclaimed 2008 debut album Livin' It, produced by the late, great T-Bone Wolk, and featuring guest appearances by Daryl Hall, Amos Lee, G. Love and Raheem DeVaughn.

On Dreambook, such memorable new numbers as "One Life With You," "You Should Be Happy," "Turkiye" and "Mutlu In America" once again reflect the artist's second-nature grasp of R&B, while simultaneously exploring the musical and cultural influences that he absorbed growing up in a Turkish family.

"Growing up in Philly, I was always exposed to a lot of great R&B and soul music, and that was the music that had the deepest impact on me when I started writing songs and performing," Mutlu explains. "But hip-hop, reggae, folk music and various world sounds also had a significant influence on me at different times, and I can hear all of those influences in the music I make. On Dreambook, we tried to meld together a range of different influences, and still make it personal and somewhat autobiographical at the same time."

Dreambook also marks the first time that Mutlu has made a conscious effort to integrate his own cultural background into his music, giving the music an added level of personal resonance.

"I was exposed to a lot of Turkish music from a young age, but when I was younger I didn't realize that growing up between two very different cultures had a major influence on me," he explains. "The most conscious aspect of this record was to bring in some of the Turkish melodies, which have always been second-nature to me, into the songwriting and production approach. It was also important for us to bring more of that cross-cultural vibe into the lyrics and help to convey my background in a more in-depth way than I previously had.

"I've covered a few Turkish songs throughout my career, but that influence never truly took shape in my own songwriting and record-making until this EP. Rob Hyman, Rick Chertoff and David Forman inspired me to bring out more of that influence, musically, conceptually and lyrically, and that became an integral part of this set of songs."

Having achieved a new level of musical expression on Dreambook, Mutlu looks forward to working further with his new production team to continue to develop his current direction.

"My goal is to be a true catalogue artist, and build an international fan base that will stay with me album after album and tour after tour," he states, adding, "I've had the opportunity to have so many great experiences, and I've made fans and learned so much.

"My greatest challenge now," he concludes, "is to transition into being a headliner in my own right, and to cultivate my own scene and my own community. I feel that, with Dreambook, we've laid the groundwork for me to truly establish my own sound and style, and to make a true, transcendent connection with people."

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