Rob Hewz just got done performing at the Unity1 Summer Music Festival at Pierce Park in downtown Ennis, Texas, where the crowd loved him. He has a natural charisma and music in his bones.
Born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas as Robert Hughes, he began performing at age 9. Keeping it interesting, his stage name became Rob Hewz, which definitely sounds and looks more like a performer’s name than “Robert Hughes,” which could be your accountant or dentist, right?
As a teenager, Hewz played for audiences in clubs and made his first professional recording. Right before he turned 20, he was offered a production deal via a meeting with a band whom he loved. But the music biz can be shady. An artist has to be careful about the people he associates with. You’ve undoubtedly heard or read stories of artists being taken advantage of by sharks just out for money. Hewz could have had a fancy recording contract, but when he voiced his needs the contract(s) didn’t work out.
As with most artists these days, Hewz found himself working hard to handle the different aspects of a recording and performing career as a “do-it-yourselfer.” After releasing The Intro, his first CD, he did just fine on his own. Besides receiving radio airplay, Hewz received requests for shows and music videos soon followed.
I particularly love Rob Hewz’ “Why Can’t We Just Get Along.” It’s ear candy. It slinks along on a groovy beat with Hewz’ more-than-capable R&B vocals. Besides The Intro, you’ll want to check out his other release Life After “the 9-5.” It’s available on CDBaby.com here and iTunes here.
You can see and hear Hewz in action in a video taken at the House of Blues in Dallas, Texas, here:
I think that if you like Johnny Gill or Tony! Toni! Toné! then you should add Rob Hewz to your music collection.