With a sound as infectious as his spirited ambition, Jonn Hart is turning heads – and ears. The young Bay Area singer/songwriter is currently forging his own lane on the modern R&B highway with his debut single, “Who Booty” featuring French Montana. Buoyed by a smooth bumping groove underscored by Hart’s seductive, pillow-talk vocals, it’s easy to hear why Epic Records Chairman & CEO L.A. Reid quickly signed the newcomer, and why Hart is one of the bright lights in the West Coast’s growing era of new melodic music.
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area’s East Bay, Hart hails from a musical family. His mother sang in the church choir; his musician stepfather operated his own recording studio. As a pre-teen Hart began writing songs against beats crafted by his stepfather that sparked young Hart’s first oh-wow moment.
“The first time I entered the recording booth, I knew I wanted to do this for the rest of my life.”
Hart is bringing us a sound we’ve never heard before and pegs his hybrid new wave sound as “R&Bay Slap”. Describing himself as neither “a R&B singer nor a rapper,” Hart explains, “But I’m taking a hard-hitting 808 beat, putting a melody on top and then singing melodically on top of that. Yet a rapper can still rap to one of my beats. It’s modern R&B for a younger demographic that’s had few voices to embrace.”
And those fans are clamoring for the hypnotic track.
“I would like this song a million times if I could,” declares one Hart admirer on YouTube. Another proclaims, “I’m completely addicted to this.”
Counting Michael Jackson, Usher, Chris Brown, Lil Wayne and Drake as key influences, Hart is busy recording his Epic album debut between across-country round of showcases and promotional appearances. But music isn’t his only game. The R&B maverick is also a budding entrepreneur who co-founded the entertainment company, Cool Kid Cartel. The long-range goal: to become a full-fledged label, production and publishing powerhouse for a roster of artists. For now, however, the focus is on rising star Hart – ready to stake his claim as part of modern R&B’s exciting new wave, and in 2015 you can expect a new EP on indie label, House Money.