Caleb Hawley to Perform at Homecoming

Former "American Idol" participant to give free concert

York College is pleased to welcome Caleb Hawley back to campus for a performance on Friday night of Homecoming & High School Days Weekend. Hawley will perform his soulful, genre-defying, high-energy stylings on October 14 starting at 9:30 p.m. in the Larsen Commons area of campus. All are invited to enjoy this free event.

You might recognize Hawley from season 10 of American Idol, when he had the Aerosmith icon Steven Tyler singing along and jamming out, while calling him out as "Something new and something different." 

In addition to his stint in reality TV, this New York City-based soul singer has toured the country along with his "merch-dog" Fargo, playing nearly 1,000 shows over the past four years.  Along the way, Hawley has received top honors in the prestigious New York Songwriters Circle Contest (2008 and 2009), the John Lennon Songwriting Contest (2009), the Telluride Festival (2010), and most recently took first prize in the Rocky Mountain Folks Fest (2011) for his songwriting. He has produced three full-length albums.

Hawley attended York College in 2003-2004 then went on to graduate from Berklee College of Music in Boston with a degree in jazz composition. Hawley is the son of Dale and Vicki Hawley (YC Class of 1975 & 1974) of Hudson, Wisconsin, and the grandson of Monroe and Julia Hawley of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The Homecoming appearance at York College is one stop on Hawley’s Man’s Best Friend tour, which runs through late October and will feature performances in Virginia, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, Texas, Georgia, North Carolina, and New Jersey. Hawley’s “best friend” and traveling companion, Fargo, will accompany him on the multi-state venture. For full concert tour details, plus samples of Hawley’s music, visit


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