James Abrahart

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James Abrahart
J Hart in the studio.jpg
James Abrahart at Westlake Recording Studios, West Hollywood, January 2015.
Background information
Birth nameJames John Abrahart Jr.
Also known asJHart
Born (1988-06-12) 12 June 1988 (age 30)
OriginBrentwood, Essex, United Kingdom
GenresPop, R&B, hip hop, house, tropical house, country
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, producer, vocal producer, entrepreneur
Years active2010–present
Associated actsUsher, Justin Bieber, Jason Derulo, Chris Brown, Little Mix, Trey Songz, Fetty Wap, Meghan Trainor, Sean Kingston, Hardwell, CeeLo Green, Martin Garrix, Tommy Trash, Idina Menzel, Kevin Gates, Keith Urban, Kygo

James "JHart" Abrahart (born 12 June 1988) is a British multi-platinum selling, Grammy nominated singer, songwriter, record producer and arranger, based in Los Angeles. Signed by Mike Caren to Artist Publishing Group in 2013,[1] he has worked with a number of popular artists, including Usher, Justin Bieber, Camila Cabello, Kygo, Chris Brown, Little Mix, Martin Garrix, Jason Derulo, Fifth Harmony, Keith Urban, Trey Songz, Kelsea Ballerini and Kevin Gates, amongst others. His output has amassed over 8 Million in sales.

Early life[edit]

Born in Essex, UK, he spent most of his childhood in Brentwood with his parents, brother and two sisters- his first introduction to music came when his parents bought him a drum kit, after he suffered a serious skiing accident during a school trip to the Alps. He attended Brentwood Preparatory School until the age of 12, when his parents decided to move to Atlanta, Georgia to establish the family business overseas.[2]

Abrahart's passion for writing music intensified after joining his school gospel choir in Atlanta, with whom he sang regularly. At home he began to create and mix beats, inspired by the music of Usher, Kirk Franklin and J Moss. In 2008, Abrahart was offered a 12-month internship with producer Polow Da Don[3] where he was first introduced to the professional music scene, and just a year later he achieved his first professional breakthrough, Priscilla Renea's "Pretty Girl" on her 2009 album Jukebox.[4]

Music career[edit]

Major breakthrough[edit]

Abrahart's major breakthrough came in 2011, through a chance e-mail to manager Mike Caren, who was impressed with the tracks, and consequently flew Abrahart to Los Angeles to work with Cody Simpson. That same year, he worked on projects for Flo Rida, Wynter Gordon and Karmin, before re-locating to Los Angeles the following year at the age of 22.[5] During the summer of 2012, Abrahart received widespread attention for his track "Take You", which featured on Justin Bieber's third studio album Believe.[6] The album reached No. 1 in 16 countries, and sold over 3 million copies worldwide. Bieber performed the song the following year at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards.[7]

Notable work[edit]

That same year, Abrahart penned Trey Songz' UK single "Never Again" from his studio album Chapter V,[8] and co-wrote Jason Derulo's "Undefeated", which was performed by Derulo on the season 11 finale of American Idol.[9] A year later he collaborated again with Derulo, this time on "Tattoo", the title track for his third studio album.[10] In 2014, Abrahart achieved greater commercial success, with releases from Timeflies,[11] Inna and Pitbull,[12] Fifth Harmony,[13] and most notably Songz' single "Change Your Mind", from his sixth studio album Trigga,[14] which reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200.[15]

In January 2015, Abrahart collaborated with Derulo and Hardwell on the track "Follow Me Home", which was released on the DJ's debut studio album United We Are.[16] The album reached No.1 in the Netherlands and No. 2 on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums chart.

On 17 March 2015, Martin Garrix released his new single "Don't Look Down" featuring Usher, which was co-written by Abrahart. The track is the first official single from Garrix's upcoming debut album, set to be released later this year. The single reached No. 9 in the UK Charts.[17] The same day, Atlantic Records released the soundtrack album for the film Furious 7, which features Abrahart's collaboration with Sevyn Streeter and Chloe Angelides, "How Bad Do You Want It (Oh Yeah)". The track was released as a promotional single on 23 February 2015.

In November 2015, Justin Bieber released his Billboard No. 1 album Purpose. Abrahart co-wrote two songs on the album, including "Mark My Words" and the single "Company" (#53 Billboard Hot 100[18]). That same month, Fleur East released her debut single "Sax", which was co-written by Abrahart. The single has since been certified Platinum.

In 2016, Abrahart co-wrote Keith Urban's hit single "Wasted Time" from his album Ripcord. The single reached No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay Chart[19] and the album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart.[20]

JHart also co-wrote Kevin Gates' "Know Better", which is featured on the Suicide Squad Soundtrack.

Featured artist[edit]

In the summer of 2012, Abrahart made his debut as a recording artist under his alias "JHart", his vocals featuring on Paul Oakenfold's dance hit "Surrender".[21] In 2014, he penned and featured on Dirty South's "One Breath" from the album With You,[22] and the following year, his collaboration with Vicetone, "Follow Me" was announced as the anthem for the 2015 Ultra Music Festival.[23] The track was premièred online by Entertainment Weekly the day before its official release.[24]

On 18 May 2015, Tritonal released "Untouchable", their new collaboration with fellow dance group Cash Cash. The single features the vocals of Abrahart.[25]

Abrahart continued his dance success by collaborating with Australian DJ Tommy Trash on his single "Wake the Giant". The track was co-written and features vocals from Abrahart, and was released on Dutch dance label Armada Music on 13 July 2015.[26]

Awards and influences[edit]

In a short time, Abrahart has cemented his position in the American music scene as one of the most influential young writers of his generation; in 2013, he was awarded the coveted Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Contemporary Music,[27] awarded to young foreign-born artists who have demonstrated exceptional achievements. In 2017 James attended the Grammy's for his work on Keith Urban's Ripcord, Justin Bieber's Purpose and the Suicide Squad soundtrack.

Songwriting credits[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Title Artist Album Credits
2012 "Go In, Go Hard" Angel About Time Co-writer
"Undefeated" Jason Derulo Future History (Platinum Edition) Co-writer / backing vocals / vocal producer
"Never Again" Trey Songz Chapter V Co-writer
2013 "Time After Time" Angel About Time
2014 "Regarde-Nous" Amel Bent Instinct
"Good Time"
(featuring Pitbull)
Inna Inna Co-writer / backing vocals
"Wildfire" Julian Perretta N/A
"Change Your Mind" Trey Songz Trigga Co-writer
"All the Way" Timeflies After Hours Co-writer / backing vocals / vocal producer
2015 "Don't Look Down"
(featuring Usher)
Martin Garrix N/A Co-writer
"Body on Me"
(featuring Chris Brown)
Rita Ora Co-writer / backing vocals / vocal producer
"How Bad Do You Want It" Sevyn Streeter Furious 7 Co-writer
"Sax" Fleur East Love, Sax and Flashbacks Co-writer / backing vocals
2016 "More And More"
"Company" Justin Bieber Purpose Co-writer
"Wasted Time" Keith Urban Ripcord Co-writer / backing vocals
"Overnight" Jake Miller Overnight EP
"Dangerously" Charlie Puth Nine Track Mind
"I Would Like" Zara Larsson So Good
2017 "Way Back" TLC TLC Co-writer
"Power" Little Mix feat. Stormzy Glory Days
2018 "Queens Don't" RaeLynn Queens Don't (Single) Co-writer
"If You Were Mine feat Lil Yachty" Ocean Park Standoff N/A
"Taste" Betty Who Betty Pt. 1
"Just My Type" The Vamps Night & Day (The Vamps album)
"Never Comin' Down" Keith Urban Graffiti U
"8 Letters" Why Don't We 8 Letters
"Revival"
(featuring Cheat Codes & MAX)
Sigala Brighter Days
"Taking Me Back" LANY Malibu Nights

As featured artist[edit]

Year Title Artist Album Credits
2012 "Surrender" Paul Oakenfold N/A Co-writer / featured artist
2014 "One Breath" Dirty South With You
2015 "Untouchable" Tritonal and Cash Cash N/A
"Wake the Giant" Tommy Trash
"Landmines" Pierce Fulton
"Follow Me" Vicetone
2016 "Feel Right" Wolfgang Gartner 10 Ways to Steal Home Plate
2017 "Permanent" Kygo Kids in Love
2018 "Feel On Me" Ghosted Feel On Me (Single)
"Deep End" KREAM N/A

Other songs[edit]

Year Title Artist Album Credits
2011 "All My Life" Wynter Gordon With the Music I Die Co-writer
"Pretty Girl" Priscilla Renea Jukebox Co-writer
2012 "See You Again" Loreen Heal Co-writer / backing vocals
"Take You" Justin Bieber Believe Co-writer
"Never Again" Trey Songz Chapter V Co-writer
2013 "Take You" (Acoustic) Justin Bieber Believe Acoustic Co-writer
"Tattoo" Jason Derulo Tattoos / Talk Dirty Co-writer / backing vocals / vocal producer
"Fire" Tattoos Co-writer / backing vocals / vocal producer
"Round 2" Stooshe London with the Lights On Co-writer
"Beat of My Drum" Zendaya Shake It Up: I Love Dance Co-writer
2014 "Sans Toi" Amel Bent Instinct Co-writer
"Red Eye" Andy Grammer Magazines or Novels Co-writer
"Take Me Higher" Inna Inna Co-writer
"Stay with Me" feat. G Dragon Taeyang Rise Co-writer
"Girl Like You" Union J You Got It All Co-writer / backing vocals
2015 "More And More" Fleur East Love, Sax and Flashbacks Co-writer / backing vocals
"Baby Don't Dance"
"Them Girls Be Like" Fifth Harmony Reflection Co-writer / backing vocals / vocal producer
"Follow Me" feat. Jason Derulo Hardwell United We Are Co-writer / backing vocals / vocal producer
"Undress Rehearsal" Timeflies Just for Fun Co-writer / backing vocals / vocal producer
2016 "Mark My Words" Justin Bieber Purpose Co-writer
"Weekend Millionares" Katelyn Tarver N/A Co-writer / backing vocals
"Make the Bed" feat. Jason Derulo K. Michelle More Issues Than Vogue Co-writer/ Backing Vocals
"I Lied" Fifth Harmony 7/27 Co-writer / backing vocals
"Who's It Gonna Be" Chris Lane Girl Problems Co-writer
"All The Time"
"Know Better" Kevin Gates Suicide Squad Co-writer
"Show Me" Idina Menzel idina. Co-writer / Backing vocals
"Good Thing" Jake Miller Overnight EP Co-writer / Backing vocals
"Money" Nathan Sykes Unfinished Business Co-writer
"I'll Remember You"
"We've Been Here Before" Dylan Schneider 17 Co-writer
"Power" Little Mix Glory Days Co-writer
"Your Love"
2017 "Thankful" New Kids on the Block Thankful EP Co-writer
"Machine Heart" Kelsea Ballerini Unapologetically Co-writer
2018 "Somethings Gotta Give" Camila Cabello Camila Co-writer
"In The Dark"
"Happy And You Know It" Samantha Harvey Please EP Co-writer
"Just Thought You Should Know" Betty Who Betty Pt. 1 Co-writer
"Mona Lisa" Sabrina Carpenter Singular: Act I Co-writer

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