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Beth Hart (born January 24, 1972) is an American singer who became famous with the hit "LA Song (Out of This Town)." Her musical influences include rock, blues and gospel. Her vocal style has been described as raw and passionate, with some similarities to Joan Armatrading and Janis Joplin.
Beth Hart dropped out of high school to focus on her songwriting. While playing the Los Angeles clubs, she enlisted bassist Tal Herzberg and guitarist Jimmy Khoury. In 1993, Hart appeared on Ed McMahon's Star Search several times, where she won multiple times and eventually went on to win the grand prize of $100,000 in the Female Vocalist category for the season.
"Beth Hart and the Ocean of Souls" was recorded in 1993. It includes "Am I the One" (re-worked on later albums and a pop-rock cover of the Beatles' "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds."
Hart released her album Immortal with her band Beth Hart Band in 1996. The band broke up after a tour and Hart's career seemed to be finished.
Her next album, Screamin' for My Supper (Atlantic, 1999), featured "LA Song (Out of This Town)," a top-5 Adult Contemporary Chart hit.
At the same time, Hart was singing the lead role in "Love, Janis," an Off-Broadway musical based on Joplin's letters home to her mother.
Hart's Leave the Light On was released in 2003. European releases of the album include extras such as the ballad "Learning to Live" and a duet with Barry Hay, "I Don't Want to Be."
Hart released "Live at Paradiso" in 2005. The DVD version includes a bonus documentary covering "a day in the life" of Hart.
She has also recorded with Born ("It Hurts"), Les Paul and Neal Schon ("I Wanna Know You"), and released a number of music video singles not available on CD, including "Shine," "Boogeyman," and "Setting Me Free."
Her album 37 Days was released in Europe July 2007.
Beth Hart did a song with Slash called "Mother Maria". That song is on the iTunes version of Slash's solo album, Slash.
Beth Hart is married and currently resides in Los Angeles. Her band includes lead guitarist Jon Nichols, bassist Tom Lilly, and drummer Todd Wolf. Her manager is David Wolff.
Beth's new single was released in May 2010, the track, "Learning To Live", is from an upcoming album of the same name and will be used as the theme song to "Losing It With Jillian" on NBC. this album marks Beth's first new American studio release since 2003.