John Hiatt began his solo career in 1974 and over the next decade ran through a number of different styles from rock 'n' roll to new wave pop before he finally settled on a rootsy fusion of rock 'n' roll, country, blues and folk with his 1987 album Bring the Family. Though the album didn't set the charts on fire, it became his first album to reach the charts, and several of its songs became hits for other artists, including Bonnie Raitt's "Thing Called Love." Following the album's success, Hiatt became a reliable hit songwriter for other artists, and he developed a strong cult following.
Max Gomez is a 23-year-old singer/songwriter from Taos, New Mexico. After attending the Recording Artist Program in Hollywood, where he learned about recording, writing and the business side of the music industry, Gomez divided his time between his hometown, Nashville, L.A. and Atlanta, where he began collaborating with fellow singer-songwriter Shawn Mullins. The two have co-written four songs, three of which appear on Mullinsí highly acclaimed album Light You Up, released in October 2010.
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