Ari has written for many of the top musician trade magazines and websites including Music Connection Magazine, American Songwriter, CD Baby, Tunecore, Reverbnation, Discmakers, ASCAP, Hypebot and others. He has been a featured speaker at SXSW, SF MusicTech, CD Baby's DIY Musician Conference and Berklee College of Music.
Fronted by Miranda Dawn and Chris Hawkes, the couple formed Dawn and Hawkes in 2012 after a chance meeting on an Austin dance floor. The first time they sang together they found a sound Texas Monthly calls "undeniably intimate”.
Their initial duo effort, Golden Heart, climbed to No. 25 in Billboard’s Folk chart and landed at No. 2 in iTunes singer-songwriter albums kicking off a whirlwind of cross-country touring performances with influential artists Alison Krauss & Dan Tyminski, Patty Griffin, Old 97s, Robert Earl Keen, and showcases at festivals like Austin City Limits, Folk Alliance, AmericanaFest, South By Southwest and TEDx on tours in the US and abroad in Denmark, Germany and Australia.
The duo stored their possessions and lived on the road, drawing inspiration from American deserts and mountains, to the South Australian coast while navigating a shared journey through mortality, grief and compassion for differing perspectives. Upon returning to Austin, they set upon building a new home and self-producing their second full-length album, The Other Side, released in July 2018.