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In many ways singer-songwriter Patrick Hammond, 23, is the model indie artist. He’s a 100% self-taught musician and is a barista at a local coffee shop. However, given a closer look you quickly get the sense that Hammond is by no means typical. Hammond’s music career began when he enrolled in a chorus class his freshman year of high school solely because it was considered an “easy A.” In fact, Patrick was even known for lip-synching in class. But after receiving criticism from classmates, Patrick gave signing a try. All were amazed by his profound voice. As A&R executive Turner Swann of Talkback Records remarks, “Patrick has a powerful and grizzled voice, along the lines of Isaac Slade [of The Fray]. It's a voice which makes people listen.”
A few years later, he became a music worship leader at a nearby church after touting his piano playing skill. Yet truthfully, Patrick was a novice piano player at the time, so he needed to learn quickly. Instead of asking a professional musician "How can I learn to play the piano?" he asked Google. Patrick became an expert almost immediately and his musical career began to prosper. Patrick refined his musical talent and he began to write his own music. By early 2010, Patrick had the attention of Talkback Records based in Florida.
Patrick's debut album, "Only If You Can Hear Me," is scheduled to be released on October 26, 2010. The album features 12 acoustic-soul/pop, piano-driven songs. We sent you a copy of the album, and we think you will find his sound to be reminiscent of pop-rock artist Gavin DeGraw and pop-rock singer-songwriter and pianist Jon McLaughlin. The album has already garnered significant interest from the media, and music from the album is expected to air along with a host of cable broadcast television programs and on the online television show "Life in Reverse” beginning next year.