Beth Hart

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Beth Hart
Beth Hart 29Mar2008.jpg
Hart performing at San Diego Indie Music Fest, March 20, 2008
Background information
Born (1972-01-24) January 24, 1972 (age 44)
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Blues rock, jazz fusion, soul, storyteller
Occupation(s) Songwriter, musician, painter
Instruments Vocals, piano, guitar, bass guitar, cello, percussion
Labels 143 Records
Lava Records
Atlantic Records
Koch Records
Mascot Records
Mascot Label Group

Beth Hart (born January 24, 1972) is an American singer, songwriter and musician from Los Angeles, California, United States. She rose to fame with the release of her 1999 single "LA Song (Out of This Town)" from her second album Screamin' for My Supper. The single was a number one hit in New Zealand, as well as reaching top 5 on the US Adult Contemporary and number 7 on the Billboard Adult Top 40 Chart. The song also aired during Episode 17 of the 10th and final season of Beverly Hills, 90210.[1] Beth Hart also delivered music to the end-scene of the last episode of Californication season 6, with "My California",[2] Subsequent albums namely Seesaw and Live In Amsterdam by Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa, achieved number 1 status on the Billboard Blues Album Chart. Hart's release Bang Bang Boom Boom rose to number 3 on the Billboard Blues Album Chart, as well as the album Don't Explain by Hart and Bonamassa. The album Seesaw rose to number 8 on the Billboard Top Independent Album Chart. Hart has had two number 1 singles in Denmark "As Good As It Gets" and "Learning To Live", as well a platinum selling album, Leave The Light On.

Hart's first album with Bonamassa, Don't Explain, went gold in The Bongo. In 2014 Hart was nominated for a Grammy Award for Seesaw and she was also nominated for a Blues Music Award in the category 'West Contemporary Blues Female Artist'.

Early career[edit]

While playing the Los Angeles clubs, she enlisted bassist Tal Herzberg and guitarist Jimmy Khoury. In 1993, Hart appeared on Ed McMahon's Star Search several times, ultimately winning the Female Vocalist competition for that season.

Beth Hart and the Ocean of Souls was recorded in 1993. It includes "Am I the One" and a pop-rock cover of the Beatles' "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds". Hart released her album Immortal with her band Beth Hart Band in 1996.[3]

Screamin' for My Supper: Career breakthrough[edit]

Her next album, Screamin' for My Supper (Atlantic, 1999), featured "LA Song (Out of This Town)", a #1 hit in New Zealand and a top 5 Adult Contemporary chart hit. At the same time, Hart was singing the lead role in Love, Janis, an off-Broadway musical based on Joplin's letters home to her mother.

Leave the Light On, live album and 37 Days[edit]

Hart's Leave the Light On was released in 2003. Hart followed this up with her live album Live at Paradiso in 2005. Her fourth solo studio album 37 Days was released in Europe in July 2007.

"Learning to Live" was used as the theme song to Losing It With Jillian on NBC.


Hart at Notodden Blues Festival, Norway 2009

Hart collaborated on a song with Slash called "Mother Maria", released on the iTunes version of Slash's solo album, Slash.

In 2011, she worked with Joe Bonamassa, first providing vocals for the track "No Love on the Street" on his album Dust Bowl (March 2011), and on a 2011 album of blues classics, entitled Don't Explain. The duo released Seesaw in 2013.


Hart collaborated with Born on the single "It Hurts", released in February 2012.

On July 31, 2012 (October 4, 2012 in Europe), she released her fifth studio album My California. On the same date, she released an EP titled Introducing Beth Hart. On August 23, 2012, her song "Take It Easy on Me" from My California was used in the first episode of the 8th series of the BBC TV drama Waterloo Road.

In December 2012, she appeared with Jeff Beck at the Kennedy Center Opera House, along with a group of blues/rock musicians, performing "I'd Rather Go Blind" in tribute to Buddy Guy, who received a 2012 Kennedy Center Honor for his lifetime of contributions to American culture. This performance led to the collaboration with Buddy Guy, he recorded the song "What You Gonna Do About Me" with Beth Hart for his album Rhythm & Blues.

That same month, it was announced that Hart and Bonamassa were planning a tour in Europe, a live DVD to be made during the tour and a new studio album. In 2012, she released Bang Bang Boom Boom in Europe. It was released the following year in the United States.

In 2014, she released Seesaw. The record was followed by a tour in Europe. As they played in Amsterdam two days in a row, they recorded and filmed the concerts, later released on Blu-ray and DVD. The same year, she performed with Jeff Beck during his Australian tour as a supporting act, joining him on stage during his set.

In 2014, she was also nominated for a Blues Music Award in the 'Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year' category.[4] In 2015, she got nominated again for the Blues Music Award in the 'Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year' category.[5]

Hart's new album "Better Than Home", was released on April 13 in Europe and April 14 in USA. The single "Mechanical Heart" is charting #1 in the "iTunes" Blues song list.[6] The album entered the album charts in the Netherlands at number 1. In the USA the album entered both the Billboard Blues Charts and iTunes Blues Charts at #1. The album also charted in other countries: number 11 in Germany and 33 in the UK, for example.

Hart will be one of the narrators for the upcoming 2015 documentary film Unity.[7]

On January 7, 2016, Beth Hart and Jeff Beck released the single "Tell Her You Belong To Me" worldwide on iTunes,[8] after performing the song live on Jools' Annual Hootenanny on 2015/2016 on BBC Two. They also performed "Nutbush City Limits" on that show.

Personal life[edit]

Hart is married to her road manager Scott Guetzkow,[9] and currently resides in Los Angeles. Her band[10] includes lead guitarist Jon Nichols, bassist Bob Marinelli, drummer Bill Ransom, and guitarist P.J. Barth. Her manager is David Wolff. Her tour and production manager is Bianca.[11] She has overcome drug addiction.[12]


Main article: Beth Hart discography


  1. ^ "Beverly Hills 90210 - Season 10, Episode 17: Doc Martin -". CBS Interactive. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Californication Season 6 Final Episode 12 - Beth Hart - My California (final song)". YouTube. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  3. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Biography: Beth Hart". Allmusic. Retrieved 26 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "2014 Blues Music Awards Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 2014-05-16. 
  5. ^ "2015 Blues Music Awards Nominees". Retrieved 2014-05-16. 
  6. ^ "US Blues Songs Top 40 Chart". Retrieved 2016-01-01. 
  7. ^ Dave McNary (April 22, 2015). "Documentary ‘Unity’ Set for Aug. 12 Release with 100 Star Narrators". Variety. Retrieved May 1, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Tell Her You Belong to Me (with Jeff Beck) - Single by Beth Hart on iTunes". 2016-01-07. Retrieved 2016-02-06. 
  9. ^ Beth Hart Looks To The 'Light' (September 27, 2003). archive. Retrieved August 30, 2013.
  10. ^ "Beth Hart Official Web Site | Official Website". Retrieved 2016-02-06. 
  11. ^ "Mobile Production Monthly" (PDF). 2012. Retrieved 2016-02-06. 
  12. ^ Dearmore, Kelly (4 January 2012). "Beth Hart Talks Redemption, Addiction and Star Search". Dallas Observer. Retrieved 26 June 2012. But the visions of gold records were clouded by addiction and recklessness. Having used drugs in one form or another since her teenage years 

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