Bradley Hathaway

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Bradley Hathaway
Born (1982-02-13) February 13, 1982 (age 35)
Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States
Origin Winchester, Kentucky
Genres Spoken word
Years active 2003-present
Labels Independent

Bradley Hathaway (born February 13, 1982)[1] is a spoken word poet and a folk singer and songwriter from Fort Smith, Arkansas


Bradley Hathaway was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas and lived there until 1997, when he moved to Alma, Arkansas, where he graduated from high school in 2000.

After high school, he attended the University of Arkansas, where he majored in philosophy with a double minor in religious studies. While he was attending college, he managed the Gate, a local concert venue. In late 2002, he saw poet Clayton Scott perform, which inspired Bradley to write his first poem entitled, "I Felt Really Good This Day, Yes."

Soon after he began writing poetry, he dropped out of college and stopped managing the Gate in order to pursue writing full-time. He first toured in the summer of 2004, and has since toured with He Is Legend, The Chariot, As Cities Burn, Far-Less, and Blindside.[citation needed] He has played at the Creation Festival, Ichthus Music Festival,[2] the Alive Festival,[3] the Cornerstone Festival, Parachute Music Festival, Purple Door, and Tomfest music and arts festival[citation needed].

In 2010 Bradley performed a short spoken word piece with the band Insomniac Folklore entitled "Kid and Snail" for the intro to their 'LP' album. [1]


In 2004, Hathaway wrote only spoken word poetry, but has since progressed to writing songs. His first book, All The Hits So Far, But Don't Expect Too Much, was published in August 2005 and included a CD recording of performances of the poems with backing music by Night of the Wrecking Ball.

After the release of his book, Hathaway was inspired to give his poems a melody and he began to write songs. He learned how to play the guitar and has written many songs. He plans to continue going in the musical direction.[citation needed] Sound In The Signals Magazine has described Hathaway's vocal style as a mix of Conor Oberst and Sufjan Stevens with a hint of Ben Gibbard.[4]

Future plans[edit]

He released his latest record, How Long,on November 5, 2013. It continues in the independent folk direction with a degree of country influence. Spoken poetry over music does appear in the album, though the majority features his unique vocals.



  • All The Hits so Far, But Don't Expect Too Much: Poetry, Prose, and Other Sundry Items (2005), Relevant Books. Includes fourteen poems, his thoughts on each of them, and a CD of him performing the poems.
  • Happy Fun Tour. A DVD that documents Hathaway's Happy Fun Tour and shows performances of many of his poems and songs. It also features his "Adventures in Kentucky" series and short films shot by his band.
  • The Thing That Poets Write About, The Thing That Singers Sing About (2007), independent release. Contains twelve new songs, two poems, a conversation, an accompanying DVD, and 80 page booklet.
  • A Mouth Full of Dust(2009), independent release. Bradley's second musical cd containing 10 tracks including Samuel and Look Up.
  • "A Thousand Angry Panthers" (2009), independent release. An EP containing four songs.
  • How Long (2013), independent release. Bradley's third musical album containing ten tracks.



  1. ^ Bradley Hathaway's journal on Xanga
  2. ^ Copley, Rich (2006-06-10), "Home Church Advantage - Casting Crowns Returns to McDonough, Ga., Most Sundays", Lexington Herald-Leader, pp. F1. 
  3. ^ "Alive Festival 2006", Akron Beacon Journal, pp. B5, 2006-06-22 
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