James Hart (musician)
|Birth name||James Hart|
|Born||August 26, 1979|
|Origin||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Genres||Hard rock, alternative metal, post-hardcore, metalcore|
|Associated acts||Burn Halo, Eighteen Visions|
James Stephen Hart (born August 26, 1979) is a lead singer and founding member of the metal band Eighteen Visions. He is also a founding member of the band Burn Halo, in which played since its inception in 2007 until 2016.
Eighteen Visions originally formed in 1995 by Hart, Dave Peters, Billy Sisler, and Kenneth Floyd. Their first show was at the "Koo's Cafe" in early 1996. Many lineup changes and breakup rumors occurred before the release of their debut album Yesterday Is Time Killed, before eventually finding a stable lineup in 1999.
The band went on to release four more studio albums before breaking up in 2007. Hart had this to say concerning the matter:
"After several years of touring and quite a few album releases we have decided that it is time to go our separate ways. We have been a band for a very long time and feel good about everything we were able to accomplish. At this point in our lives and our careers we feel its time to move on to something fresh and new. Whether it be music, touring or just being at home to live and enjoy life. We would like to thank all of our fans, friends and families for all of the great support over the years. We would also like to thank all of the bands we have shared the stage with and everyone who has ever worked with the band, opened a door or reached out a hand. We will be playing our final two shows in April. One in San Diego and one in Orange County. Come rock with us one more time."
The band announced its reunion in February 2017, featuring 3 of the 5 members of their 2007's line-up, including Hart. The comeback album "XVIII" was released on June 2, 2017, followed by a live show held in Orange County area on the same day.
After the breakup of Eighteen Visions, James Hart worked with former Nixons frontman, Zac Maloy, on a new mainstream rock band called Burn Halo. Originally, Hart conceptualized it to be a solo project; however, during the development of the music and recording, the direction of Hart's idea changed, and Burn Halo was formed.
Three albums thus far have been recorded, with Burn Halo's self-titled debut being released March 31, 2009. The singles from that album were "Dirty Little Girl" and "Save Me". Burn Halo's sophomore release, entitled Up from the Ashes was released June 28, 2011 with the song "Tear It Down" as the lead single. The third album Wolves Of War saw the light of day in 2015. On June 7, 2016 it was announced that James was no longer the vocalist for the band.
Hart was born on August 26, 1979, in Chicago, Illinois. His family moved to California when he was 6. Growing up, he played baseball and football a lot. He considers himself a lifelong Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears fan. His parents separated and divorced when he was 11, with his father moving away back to Chicago. In 2017, Hart said that both of his parents had been struggling with alcohol at that time, which, in his opinion, ruined their marriage and chance for a happy family life. He also cited that as a major driving force behind his abstinence from alcohol and drugs from a very young age.
He graduated from Huntington Beach High School where he was on his school's baseball and football teams. He used to work at Banana Republic retail store after finishing high school. In 1999, he attended beauty school along with a former Eighteen Visions bass player Javier Van Huss. Apart from his music career, he is a certified hair stylist working with men and women. According to his Twitter account, he has been straight edge since 1993. He married his long-term partner Britni (born July 23, 1987) on August 1, 2015. She works as a special educator for elementary school kids. According to Hart, his wife does not belong to the world of heavy metal music. Together they have 2 dogs, Penelopi and Mia, and 1 cat, Cubbie.
with Eighteen Visions
with Burn Halo
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- Lead Singer Syndrome, episode 93
- "James Hart's Twitter". October 17, 2016. Archived from the original on March 12, 2017. Retrieved June 14, 2017.