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Beth Hart

Beth Hart

Biography

2018 Blues Music Awards nominee:

  • Contemporary Blues Album
  • Contemporary Blues Female Artist
  • Instrumentalist – Vocals
  • Blues Blast Music Award 2017 “Female Blues Artist”
  • European Blues Award 2017 “Best Female Vocalist

Beth Hart is on fire. The Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter is riding a creative tidal wave, firing out acclaimed albums, hooking up with the biggest names in music and rocking the house each night with that celebrated burnt-honey voice. In January she followed up on her acclaimed 2016 release, Fire On The Floor with Black Coffee, the most stunning yet of her collaborations with blues guitar phenom, Joe Bonamassa…

But let’s not forget the backstory that brought her here…

The Blues Magazine once dubbed Beth Hart “the ultimate female rock star,” and there’s no doubt that her two-decade career is the ultimate thrill-ride. Born in Los Angeles, she released a fistful of hit albums through the ’90s, then reignited in the post-millennium as both a solo artist and the head-turning vocalist for guitar heroes like Bonamassa, Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy and Slash. “Extraordinary,” wrote The Times of her once-a-generation voicebox, while The Guardian praised her “daring, brooding and angry” performances.

Beth has truly blossomed in recent years. Her 2015 release, Better Than Home, a critical and commercial smash, topped the iTunes Blues Chart and was crowned #4 Best Blues Album Of The Year by Mojo magazine. The release helped her fill Amsterdam’s Heineken Music Hall with 5,500 fans.

The US embraced her, too, packing ever-larger venues in major cities on the Better Than Home tour – including Nashville’s iconic Ryman Auditorium. Meanwhile, on the other side of the pond, Beth’s rocketing UK profile included auspicious headline sets at the Royal Albert Hall and the Barbican, the historic Hampton Court Palace with Joe Bonamassa, and a stunning TV appearance with long-time collaborator Jeff Beck on Jules Holland’s Annual Hootenany, (the performance is now the most-watched clip on the BBC’s youtube channel, overtaking even performances by heavies like Tom Jones and Paul Weller).

Fire On The Floor added fuel to Beth’s breakneck momentum, helping her pack venues in major venues in New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Berlin, Milan, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Tbilisi, Sydney and Melbourne. In February Beth sold out her show at Portland’s Revolution Hall weeks before she hit the stage.

But maybe her greatest live performance to date was seen by millions of television viewers, when her tribute to Buddy Guy on the Kennedy Center Honors Special received one of the only two standing ovations of the evening, led by President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle.

Every live performance gets a standing ovation, because no one knows how to rock the house better than Beth Hart. When she sings clocks stop, hearts dance and neck-hair tingles…it’s that compelling!

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