Just like a Hennessy cognac is a careful blend of eaux-de-vie, Mayer Hawthorne is a perfect mix of Detroit musical influences. He grew up on the area's soul and jazz, and claims this is where the best music ever made came from. Some call his music "classic soul"; others simply enjoy his blend of influences into a smooth hybrid sound.
Mayer continues to evolve by what he calls inventing the "new old days" rather than dwelling too much on the "good old days." On his latest album "How Do You Do", he sings of Hennessy with great delight in the song "Henny and Gingerale."