HEwas grew up in a suburb near Boston, Massachusetts.
His grandmother on his mother’s side was from Curacao, a Caribbean island where most people are a mix of Dutch, Spanish, indigenous South American, and African. His grandfather was a Jewish man whose family members were killed in The Holocaust. His other grandmother is mostly Mexican and indigenous. “I have been blessed to come from a diverse mix of people, and I’ve benefited from many different cultures and experiences. I have learned so much from each of my family members.”
HEwas realized he had a need for music to be part of his life at an early age. He became obsessed with singing, and being in the studio. “My friends always joked that everyone in my family is a different color. Coming from a multicultural background made me interested in connecting with people and hearing their stories. This initially sparked my passion for social and racial justice,” adds HEwas.
HEwas grew up listening to Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. Their jazzy playful nature is what inspires him daily. “As I got older and started listening to the radio, I fell in love with dark and edgy songwriters like The Weeknd, 6LACK and Billie Eilish," says HEwas. His unique voice caught the attention of the group 98 Degrees, who began working with him in 2019 nurturing his sound. As the world shut down, HEwas found a way to express what was going on reflecting back to a simpler pre-pandemic time.
From there he started working with Artist/Writer/Producer, BLAZAR. The result was an opportunity to collaborate on a track with Grammy-nominated artist, Afroman. Their soon to be released single “WHOLEthing feat Afroman” is the follow-up to HEwas’ debut single, “Lemon.” Lemon burst onto the scene in May as the viral hit from Tik Tok that garnered 15,000 videos, and over 300 million views. The concept behind “WHOLEthing feat Afroman” is when someone tries to turn a casual hookup into a full blown relationship, making it a “WHOLEthing.” I wanted to play around with that double meaning. My co-writer and producer, BLAZAR (Jerad Finck) loved it and took it to a new level. Afroman helped give the song edge and authenticity,” says HEwas. Co-writer and Producer, BLAZAR (Jerad Finck) and HEwas have been working on a 12 song album over the last year. “When we started talking to Afroman, who I completely idolized growing up, I was overwhelmed, a bit nervous, but excited. We wanted the right song for him, so we went through our catalog of songs we had written together and re-listened. The light and airy tonality of 'WHOLEthing' felt like a perfect fit. The hook-up-culture subject matter, paired with Afroman’s deep signature tones, were the perfect compliment for one another,” says HEwas. "I was a fan from the minute I heard the song, HEwas has a great sense of timing and it worked like magic,” says Afroman.
HEwas hopes his music can create an escape for listeners from these tumultuous times we find ourselves in. “When I write, it’s important that I find a way to change the way people feel, l want to create a mood, and I want to take you to a place only found in my music.” My mom taught me about Oneness. “The idea is that although we are all individuals, we are all connected as a single entity, and we have to understand and care for one another.” explains HEwas. The new HEwas single, featuring Afroman, “WHOLEthing” will be available November 27th.
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