Artist Of The Day: Beth Hart

posted by Shane German on 09/27/2019

Los Angeles-based blues-rocker Beth Hart began playing piano at age four, later attending L.A.'s High School for the Performing Arts as a vocal and cello major.

At first, she concentrated on classical works by Bach and Beethoven, but as she grew older, she also began to play pieces by artists such as Etta James, Otis Redding and Led Zeppelin.

In 1993, Hart appeared on Star Search, ultimately winning the Female Vocalist competition.

Hart has stated that winning the show did not land her a record deal due to the stigma associated with performing on the show, and that she had burned through the prize money she received by the time she finally struck a deal with Atlantic Records after becoming a fixture in the LA Music Scene.

She rose to fame with the release of her 1999 single "LA Song (Out of This Town)" from her Screamin' for My Supper album.

But drug addiction soon left her without a label and Beth Hart didn’t emerge again until 2003.

In 2011, Hart collaborated with blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa on their first co-release "Don't Explain", an album of blues classics. The album reached number 3 on the Billboard Blues Album Chart. 

The success of the duo led to a musical partnership that has resulted in 3 albums together and a Grammy Award Nomination for 2013 album SeeSaw.

Beth Hart found continued solo success with 2016’s Fire On The Floor which earned her several Blues Awards and accolades.

Her 2019 album War In My Mind was just released and added to the WYCE Music Library.

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