Growing up with a pianist mother and computer-teacher father in suburban Chicago, Howat embraced both technology and music from an early age. He began creating music on black-and-white Apple computers in his father’s classroom, making beats and writing lyrics. By age 14 he was programming songs on a Yamaha V50 and recording them onto a Fostex 4-track. He briefly studied music business and audio recording at Greenville College. After playing in bands and winning international awards, Howat relocated to Nashville with his college band For All the Drifters.
Jacquire King, an early mentor, encouraged him to attend the renowned Recording Workshop, in Chillicothe, Ohio. After graduating, Howat moved back to Nashville and proceeded to make albums for both major labels and independent artists.
In 2004, Howat started Paper Route with his friend and longtime collaborator, JT Daly. Since then, they’ve toured the world and released 3 full length albums. The latest, Real Emotion, was released on Sony Records in 2016.
Photographer: Bree Marie Fish
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