Richard Hawley is a guitarist, singer-songwriter and producer. In 2001, ‘Late Night Final’, named after the cry of vendors selling the Sheffield Star evening newspaper on the streets of the city was released to positive reviews from the press.
Two years later Hawley released ‘Lowedges’, named after a suburb of the city that the young Hawley had seen on the destination board of a bus. NME called ‘Lowedges’ the "first great album of 2003" and critical praise was widespread, leading many big names such as Coldplay, Radiohead and R.E.M. to enthuse about Hawley's work.
For ‘Coles Corner’, Hawley's fourth release in September 2005, Hawley mined the theme of his beloved home city, this time referencing the location where courting lovers meet. ‘Coles Corner’ eventually gained a nomination for the Mercury Prize in 2006. Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys, whose debut album won the prize, famously exclaimed "Someone call 999, Richard Hawley's been robbed!"
Hawley's 2007 album ‘Lady's Bridge’ was released in the United Kingdom in August 2007. In January 2008, Hawley was nominated for his first solo Brit Award for Best British Male Performer. ‘Truelove's Gutter’, Richard's sixth studio album, was released on Mute Records in September 2009. The album was nominated for, and won, the Mojo Record of the Year. Recently, Hawley's track ‘Tonight The Streets Are Ours’ was chosen as the title track for the Oscar nominated 2010 Banksy film ‘Exit Through The Gift Shop’, which premièred at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2010.
Richard’s seventh studio album 'Standing at the Sky's Edge' was released May 2012 to widespread critical acclaim, earning him his second nomination for the Mercury Music Prize.