|Born||25 November 1988|
|Origin||California, United States|
|Genres||Jazz, Big Band, Swing|
|Years active||2005 – Present|
Victoria Hart (born 25 November 1988) is a California-born English jazz-pop singer.
Shortly afterward Hart recorded for the first time at Gurd's recording studio. Gurd has written several songs specifically for Hart. Hart, Gurd and Lynne Pearson formed a team of singer, writer/producer and manager who, together with a promotional team, developed Hart's debut album released in June 2007.
In May 2006 she performed at the Cannes Film Festival, Alex Proud heard Hart perform at the Pangea Club and later invited her to sing at the opening night of his new bar and gallery in London, At Proud. The audience included journalists and club owners and from this she was asked to perform at The Pigalle Club, in Piccadilly in London. Hart supported the Blue Harlem group.
In 2007, while working as a singing waitress at the Naked Turtle restaurant in London, the 18-year-old Hart was invited to perform for a benefit party during the Cannes Film Festival hosted by George Clooney and other stars, including Brad Pitt. The story was a press sensation and not soon after Hart had signed a purportedly $1m contract with Decca Records. This led to the "singing waitress" nickname.
Her style has been described as a "renaissance of all things kitsch and fabulously forties", while Decca music mogul Mark Cavell hailed her as, "the Lily Allen of Jazz and if she's good enough for George and Brad she's good enough for Decca.". Her musical hero is Ella Fitzgerald.
Whatever Happened to Romance
Her debut album Whatever Happened to Romance was released on 30 June 2007 and peaked at the number 22 position on the Billboard Top Jazz Album list.
The Lost Gershwin
Touring and live appearances
In December 2008, Hart made an impromptu guest appearance with the Guards Big Band at a Super Busking gig in London's Covent Garden as part of Covent Garden's Christmas Delight celebrations. The performance took place in-sync with a visual light display by United Visual Artists in aid of homeless charity Crisis. The live performances can be seen exclusively on the Covent Garden website.
In February 2010, Hart appeared at the King's Head Theatre, Islington, as a guest artist in Taboo-Be-Do! Hits and Misses from the Politically Incorrect Songbook, a show compiled and performed by Terence Terence Blacker and Derek Hewitson of the duo Something Happened. The show was later performed at festivals, including the Hay Festival, and the Aldeburgh Literary Festival.
- Billboard Biography
- Billboard Discography
- The gig of a lifetime? – Times Online
- George's singing waitress lands £1.5 million record deal
- Easy Listening and Soundtracks Review – Victoria Hart, Whatever Happened To Romance? BBC
- Quite Great – Victoria hart – New Talent 2007
- Labels vying for waitress who sang for Clooney
- Victoria Hart: The Lost Gershwin The Times 1 November 2008
- Victoria Hart gets sweet tips Virgin Music 24 October 2008
- Hart and soul! BBC Beds Herts and Bucks
- Singing from the Hart!. Ormskirk Advertiser. 15 May, 2008
- Victoria Hart to Join Russell Watson on UK Tour. Female First. 9 June 2008
- Music On TV: July 2 – July 8. Billboard, 2 July 2008
- Wales Online, 26 May 2010
- Victoria Hart Appreciation Society Facebook group
- victoriahart.com – Official site
- Royal Artist Club – Official Mobile Blog