Chris Hart (musician)

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Chris Hart
Born (1984-08-25) 25 August 1984 (age 34)
San Francisco, California, United States
InstrumentsVocals, Guitar
Years active2003-present
LabelsUniversal Sigma (Universal Music Group) (2013-present)
Associated actsMay J.

Chris Hart (クリス・ハート, Kurisu Hāto, born August 25, 1984) is an African-American singer who gained popularity as a J-pop artist in Japan.

Early life[edit]

Hart was born August 25, 1984, to musician parents in the San Francisco Bay Area, his parents separated when he was 2.[1] He developed an interest in Japanese music, language, and culture beginning when he was 12 years old after he took a Japanese class at his school.[1] He was moved by the kindness of the people he met in Japan the next year during his summer vacation.[1] He majored in music and Japanese in college, and took jobs in an airport and with a Japanese cosmetics company to maintain his connection. From his teens until moving to Tokyo, Japan, at the age of 24, Hart performed in Japanese as lead vocalist for the band Nikita w/Metallic Beasts, before starting his own solo rock band, LYV. During his time as LYV, Hart wrote all lyrics and music in Japanese. Upon moving to Japan, he took a job working on vending machines. He has an older sister and a younger half-brother.[1]

Music career[edit]

In 2003, Hart was vocalist of a Visual-Kei/JROCK band, NIKITA w/Metallic Beasts.

In 2007 Hart began a solo band called LYV. He released a digital album titled Voyager.

In 2011, Hart was a part of the vocal unit Triple Trip. They released one digital single titled "NEW WORLD". Hart is also credited for lyrics of the English version of the Tsukuba Daigaku theme song, "Imagine The Future".

In 2012, a YouTube video Hart made was noticed by executives for the Nippon Television show Nodojiman The World, a reality contest that features non-Japanese singing Japanese songs, and he was invited to compete in the show. He appeared at least twice in 2012. Producer Jeff Miyahara noticed Hart's performance, and asked to produce him.[1]

In 2013 his cover of the Yusaku Kiyama song "Home" reached number 8 in Japanese sales on the Oricon Singles Chart.[2] His album of cover songs, released soon after, reached third, selling over 300,000 copies.[3]

Hart released an original collaboration single, "Yume Ga Samete", with JPOP Legend, Matsuda Seiko for their label, Universal Sigma's 10th anniversary.

Hart and Seiko Matsuda sang "Yume ga Samete" at the 64th annual Kōuhaku Uta Gassen.

On February 26, 2014, Hart released his first original single, "I LOVE YOU", and his first original album Song for You on March 19, 2014.

Hart released his follow-up to "Heart Song", called "Heart Song II", on June 25, 2014. It ranked number 2 on the Oricon Weekly Charts. He later released a Christmas album, Christmas Hearts, on November 12, 2014. The album ranked number 8 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and would be Hart's fourth consecutive album to rank in the top 10. It was later announced that Hart would participate in the 65th annual Kōuhaku Uta Gassen. He sang "Ito" by Nakajima Miyuki.

In 2015, it was announced that Chris Hart would release a single with The Gospellers and embark on his third nationwide tour. The 47-prefecture tour is the first for a non-Japanese artist.

On June 25, 2015, it was announced that Hart had exceeded cumulative album sales of 1 million units. It was also announced that the theme song to the TV Asahi mystery drama Saikyo no Futari would be sung by him. The new original song from Hart, "Anata E", was announced with a single release date of August 26, 2015. It is Hart's third original single.[4]

On April 6, 2017, Hart announced his naturalization to Japanese citizenship.[5]

On December 5, 2017, he announced on his official blog that he would take an indefinite hiatus in order to continue his study of music and spend time with his family.,

Hart performed his last one man show at NHK Hall on April 13, 2018. There he performed the song "Fanfare" which was co-written by Hart and singer Murakami Keisuke.


  • Heart Song - June 5, 2013 (Oricon Ranking: #3)
  • Heart Song -Special Edition- - September 4, 2013
  • Song for You - March 19, 2014 (Oricon Ranking: #7)
  • Heart Song II - June 25, 2014 (Oricon Ranking: #2)
  • Christmas Hearts - November 12, 2014 (Oricon Ranking: #8)
  • Heart Song III - June 3, 2015 (Oricon Ranking: #3)
  • "home" - May 1, 2013 (Oricon Ranking: #13)
  • "Yume ga Samete" (夢がさめて, "Waking From a Dream") - October 30, 2013 (Oricon Ranking: #14)
  • "I LOVE YOU" - February 26, 2014 (Oricon Ranking: #30)
  • Mamoritai ~magic of a touch~ (Oricon Ranking: N/A)
  • Tsuzuku Michi with Gospellers - April 15, 2015 (Oricon Ranking: # 21)

Awards and certifications[edit]

55th Annual Japan Record Awards
  • Best Promoted Work: Chris Hart - Heart Song
  • Best Promoted Work: Seiko Matsuda & Chris Hart - Yume Ga Samete
28th Annual Japan Gold Disc Awards
  • New Artist of the Year (Japanese Domestic): Chris Hart
  • 5 Best New Artists (Japanese Domestic)
  • Special Product Album Of The Year: Chris Hart - Heart Song
RIAJ Certifications
  • Chris Hart - Heart Song (Platinum Certification)
  • Chris Hart - Heart Song II (Gold Certification)
  • Chris Hart - Heart Song III (Gold Certification)
  • Chris Hart - Mamoritai~Magic of a Touch~ (Digital Gold Certification)
  • Chris Hart - Home (Digital Gold Certification)
  • Chris Hart - Ito (Digital Gold Certification)
  • Chris Hart - I LOVE YOU (Digital Gold Certification)
Oricon Weekly Charts

-Longest Consistent Top 10 Ranking for a Non-Japanese Male Solo Artist. (5 straight weeks in Top 10 as of 7/30/14)


- 1 Million+ Cumulative Album Sales


  1. ^ a b c d e "Chris Hart". Universal Music., English translation here Archived August 17, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Chris Hart Makes Triumphal Return to US and Announces Debut in Japan". Barks. May 2013.
  3. ^ Azusa Uchikura (September 3, 2013). "Big in Japan: American Chris Hart finds J-pop home". Associated press.
  4. ^ "Navicon".
  5. ^ "応援してくれる皆様へ".

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