American Music Awards

Peter Hadar

Everything comes full circle. Just ask R&B/soul singer Peter Hadar.

Everything comes full circle. Just ask R&B/soul singer Peter Hadar.

Though born into a performance-minded family (his father was a singer and an actor) and blessed with musical talents as well, a young Hadar initially decided to pursue a career in fashion. It wasn't until he was fired from his last gig, one of many fashion-related jobs he'd held in a span of 10 years, that he realized it was time to make some alterations. As a result, the New Jersey-bred artist (now a Harlem resident) ditched his cut-and-sew dreams and set out for the music scene.

In 2006, after reaching out to some local producer friends, Hadar released his first album, "Memories of the Heart," via his own Cool Weirdo Music/HustleMode label. Later that year, he landed his first major performance opening up for Musiq Soulchild at New York's S.O.B.'s. Since then, Hadar has worked or performed with the likes of ?uestlove, Bilal, Raheem DeVaughn, Mos Def, Dwele, Chrisette Michele and Joe.

Now, Hadar is prepping the May release of his sophomore set, "Fresh Attire." "The album is an infusion of electric intercourse. It's vibe-out music, but sexy at the same time," he says. The first single is "Painted," produced by Afta-1; other engineers include Mike Tenato and Montique Willis.

In addition, he's featured on the Barnes & Noble exclusive compilation "Souvenirs," on which he covers "Lean on Me." He will also embark on a 10-city trek in June in North America, followed by a European tour.

"I was unsuccessful in the fashion industry, was bored and tired of losing jobs, so I thought I had to find something else," he says. "But now, I truly can't complain."