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 31)
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]

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     indicates an un-credited lead vocal contribution.

     indicates a credited vocal/featured artist contribution.

Year Artist Album Song Co-written with
2008 Mýa Sugar & Spice "Wish You Were Here"
(featuring Che'Nelle)
Mýa Marie Harrison, Canoy Watkins, Cheryline Lim
2011 Wynter Gordon With the Music I Die "All My Life" Diana Gordon, Djibril Kagni, Jordan Houyez
Priscilla Renea Jukebox "Pretty Girl" Priscilla Renea Hamilton, Warren Felder, Janey Elrod, Kendall Jackson, Rashad Taylor
2012 Angel About Time "Go In, Go Hard"
(featuring Wretch 32)
Sirach Charles, Victoria Akintola, Ras Alexander, Ryan Williamson, Jermaine Scott
Jason Derulo Future History "Undefeated" Jason Desrouleaux, Justin Franks
Paul Oakenfold Non-album single "Surrender"
(featuring JHart)
Paul Oakenfold
Justin Bieber Believe "Take You" Justin Bieber, Raphael Judrin, Pierre-Antoine Melki, Ross Golan, Alexander Dezen, Benjamin Maddahi
Trey Songz Chapter V "Never Again" Tremaine Neverson, Matthew Prime, Teemu Brunila, Curtis Mayfield
Loreen Heal "See You Again" Lorine Talhaoui, Jeremy Coleman, Jens Gruele
Angel About Time "Time After Time" Sirach Charles, Timothy Thomas, Theron Thomas, Kassa Alexander, Nathan Payton
2013 Stooshe London with the Lights On "Round 2" Jonathan Perry, Mo Brandis, Audra Mae Butts, Darren Lewis, Geoffrey Early, Iyola Babalola
Jason Derulo Tattoos "Tattoo" Jason Desrouleaux, Christpher Sernel, Justin Franks, Viny Vyas, Justin Davey
"Fire"
(featuring Pitbull)
Jason Desrouleaux, Urales Vargas, Matthew Naples, Tierce Person, Armando Perez
2014 Taeyang Rise "Stay with Me"
(featuring G-Dragon)
Chaz Mishan, David Delazyn, Kwon Ji-Yong
Trey Songz Trigga "Change Your Mind" Tremaine Neverson, Marcos Palacios, Ernest Clark, Alexander Izquerdio, Mark Goodchild
Inna Party Never Ends "Good Time"
(featuring Pitbull)
Eric Frederic, Andreas Schuller, Thomas Troelsen, Armando Perez
Andy Grammar Magazines or Novels "Red Eye" Andrew Grammar, Thomas Meredith, Mason Levy, Joshua Kear, Abram Dean, Josiah Rosen
Inna Party Never Ends "Take Me Higher" Georgia Overton, Thomas Meredith, Marcel Botezan, Radu Bolfea, Sebastian Barac
Union J You Got It All - The Album "Girl Like You" Christopher Sernel, Joleen Belle
2015 Hardwell United We Are "Follow Me"
(featuring Jason Derulo)
Robert van de Corput, Jason Desrouleaux, Djibril Kagni, Jordan Houyez, Dino Cirone
Fifth Harmony Reflection "Them Girls Be Like" Victoria McCants, Emily Schwartz, Brittany Burton, Tinashe Sibanda
Vicetone Non-album single "Follow Me"
(featuring JHart)
Ruben Den Boer, Victor Pool
Sevyn Streeter Furious 7 OST "How Bad Do You Want It (Oh Yeah)" Amber Streeter, Chloe Angelides, Andrew Cedar, Justin Franks, James Smith, Kledji Llupa, Theodore Economou
Martin Garrix Non-album single "Don't Look Down"
(featuring Usher)
Martijn Garritsen, Michael Busbee, Usher Raymond IV
Tritonal "Untouchable"
(with Cash Cash)
Chad Cisneros, David Reed, Jean Malakhouf, Alexander Malakhouf, Samuel Frisch, Tofer Brown
Tommy Trash "Wake the Giant"
(featuring JHart)
Thomas Olsen, Jonnali Parmenius
Timeflies Just for Fun "Undress Rehearsal" Calum Shapiro, Robert Resnick, Jacob Lutrell, Andreas Schuller
Rita Ora non-album single "Body on Me"
(featuring Chris Brown)
Rosina Russell, Stefan Johnson, Jordan Johnson, Marcus Lomax, Tinashe Sibanda, Christopher Brown, Balazs Harko, Robin Ellingsen
Pierce Fulton "Landmines"
(featuring JHart)
Pierce Fulton
Fleur East Love, Sax and Flashbacks "Sax" Fleur East, Camille Purcell, Edvard Forre Erfjord, Henrik Barman Michelsen
Justin Bieber Purpose "Mark My Words" Justin Bieber, Jason Boyd, Michael Tucker, Rodney Jerkins, Fredrik Halland
"Company" Justin Bieber, Jason Boyd, James Wong, Andreas Schuller, Thomas Troelsen, Leroy Clampitt
Kalin and Myles Kalin and Myles "I See You" Kalin White, Myles Parrish, Charles Puth Jr., James Scheffer, Michael Burman, Isaac de Boni, Michael Mule
Fleur East Love, Sax and Flashbacks "More and More" Fleur East, Camille Purcell, Edvard Forre Erfjord, Henrik Barman Michelsen
"Baby Don't Dance" Fleur East, Jamie Sanderson, Charles Spurling, Hank Ballard
2016 Charlie Puth Nine Track Mind "Dangerously" Charles Puth Jr., Jonathan Reuven Rotem, Alexander Izquerdio, Marco Diaz Jr.
Wolfgang Gartner Non-album single "Feel Right"
(featuring JHart)
Joseph Youngman, Marty Garten
K. Michelle More Issues Than Vogue "Make the Bed"
(featuring Jason Derulo)
Jason Desrouleaux, Helen Culver, Lovy Longomba, Tinashe Sibanda
Keith Urban Ripcord "Wasted Time" Keith Urban, Greg Wells
Fifth Harmony 7/27 "I Lied" James Wong, Stefan Johnson, Jordan Johnson, Marcus Lomax, Alexander Izquerdio, Oliver Peterhof
Jake Miller Overnight "Overnight" Travis Mills, Ilsey Juber, James Wong, Andreas Schuller, Leroy Clampitt
Chris Lane Girl Problems "Who's It Gonna Be" Kevin Fisher, Nicholas Bailey, Ryan Ogren
"All the Time" Chelcee Grimes, Taylor Parks, Jordan Evans, Tinashe Sibanda
Kevin Gates Suicide Squad: The Album "Know Better" Kevin Gilyard, Gamal Lewis, Jeremy Coleman, Tinashe Sibanda, Jimmy Lavigne, Frank Brim
Jake Miller Overnight "Good Thing" Clarence Coffee Jr., Andreas Schuller, Joseph Spargur
Idina Menzel idina. "Show Me" Idina Menzel, Greg Wells
Cerrone Non-album single "Move Me" (featuring Brendan Reilly) Marc Cerrone, Pascal LeMaire, Brendan Reilly
Zara Larsson So Good "I Would Like" Zara Larsson, Stefan Johnson, Jordan Johnson, Marcus Lomax, Alexander Izquerdio, Oliver Peterhof, Karen Chin, Anthony Kelly
Nathan Sykes Unfinished Business "Money" Nathan Sykes, Harmony Samuels, Helen Culver, Edgar Etienne
"I'll Remember You" Nathan Sykes, Courtney Harrel, Dernst Emile II
Little Mix Glory Days "Power" Camille Purcell, Daniel Omelio
"Your Love" Camille Purcell, Jeremy Coleman
Stanaj Non-album single "Changed" Frederik Halland, Rodney Jerkins
2017 TLC TLC "Way Back"
(featuring Snoop Dogg)
Tionne Walkins, Dernst Emile II, Calvin Broadus
Chris Blue Non-album single "Money on You" Talay Riley, Tinashe Sibanda, Michael "Scribz" Riley, Michael Dupree
Cade "Where We Left" Cade Larsen, Trevor Dahl, Matthew Russell, Kevin Ford
Kyd the Band "Feel Something" Devin Guisande, Kyle Guisande
Chris Brown Heartbreak on a Full Moon "This Way" Christopher Brown, Tinashe Sibanda, Jeremy Coleman, Floyd Bentley III, Frank Brim, Andrew Benjamin, Antwan Patton
Kygo Kids in Love "Permanent"
(featuring JHart)
Kyrre Gorvell-Dahll, Jonathan Price
Kelsea Ballerini Unapologetically "Machine Heart" Kelsea Ballerini, Greg Wells
2018 Camila Cabello Camila "Something's Gotta Give" Camila Cabello, Sarah Hudson, Jesse St. John, Alexander Schwartz, Joseph Khajadourian
"In the Dark" Camila Cabello, Madison Love, Simon Wilcox, Adam Feeney, Te Whiti Warbrick
Samantha Harvey Please EP "Happy and You Know It" Andrew Jackson, Adam Argyle
RaeLynn TBA "Queens Don't" Rachel Woodward, Corey Crowder
Ghosted Non-album single "Feel on Me"
(featuring JHart)
Thomas Barnes, Peter Kelleher, Benjamin Kohn, Uzoechi Emenike
Ocean Park Standoff "If You Were Mine"
(featuring Lil Yachty)
Samantha Ronson, Peter Nappi, Ethan Thompson, Mathieu Jomphe Lepine
Keith Urban Graffiti U "Never Comin' Down" Keith Urban, Joshua Kear, Blake Carter
Betty Who Betty "Taste" Jessica Newham, Zak Waters, Viljar Losnegard, Hjeltnes Hagtvet
Nicky Blitz non-album single "Good Time" Nicholas Scapa, Brian Lee Robertson, Jacob Troth, Sebastian Teigen
Kream "Deep End" Daniel Slettebakken, Markus Slettebakken, James Lavigne
The Vamps Night & Day:
Day Edition
"Just My Type" Connor Ball, Tristan Evans, James McVey, Bradley Simpson, Alexander James, Iain Farquarson, Philip Plested, Jacob Manson, Tobias Tripp, Dale Anthoni
Betty Who Betty "Just Thought You Should Know" Jessica Newham, Peter Thomas
Why Don't We 8 Letters "8 Letters" Jonathan Price, Stefan Johnson, Jordan Johnson, Marcus Lomax
Sigala Brighter Days "Revival" (featuring Cheat Codes and MAX) Bruce Fielder, Caroline Frouyen, Trevor Dahl, Matthew Russell, Kevin Ford, Peter "LostBoy" Rycroft, Maxwell Schneider
LANY Malibu Nights "Taking Me Back" Paul Klein, Aaron Zuckerman
Sabrina Carpenter Singular: Act I "Mona Lisa" Sabrina Carpenter, Nathaniel Campany, Stefan Johnson, Jordan Johnson, Marcus Lomax, Oliver Peterhof
Betty Who Betty "Between You & Me" Jessica Newham, Zak Waters, Peter Thomas
Little Mix LM5 "The National Manthem" Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirwall, Sarah Hudson, Kevin White, Michael Woods
Calum Scott Only Human:
Special Edition
"Need to Know" Calum Scott, Amy Allen, Daniel Majic, Justin Franks
2019 Alec Bailey Non-album single "Grip" Alec Bailey, Jonathan Dibb, Nicholas Lobel
Jack & Jack A Good Friend Is Nice "Promise Me" James Wong, Andrew Jackson
Alma Have You Seen Her? "Summer" Alma-Sofia Miettinen, Alexander Shuckburgh
Betty Who Betty "Whisper" Jessica Newham, Zak Waters
Jack Gray Non-album single "Take Our Time" Jack Grey, Peter Harding, Benjamin McCarthy
Bülow Crystalline EP "Word Smith" Megan Bulow, Casey Smith, Leroy Clampitt
Why Don't We Non-album single "Don't Change" Corbyn Besson, Daniel Seavey, Jonah Marais, Jonathan Price, Marco Borerro, Louis Schoorl
Illenium TBA "Good Things Fall Apart"
(with Jon Bellion)
Nicholas D. Miller, Sarah Hudson, Jason Evigan, Jonathan Bellion

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