Lauren Hart

The Lauren Hart Story!

I grew up in Atlantic City, New Jersey. My parents both worked in a water circus on the world famous Steel Pier. My dad was the emcee/comedy high diver. He was good, a little chubby, but very handsome. Basically he and his cohorts, known as the “Binswanger Bathing Beauties”, plunged 100 feet off the pier into the Atlantic Ocean while telling jokes in mid air. Mom was the platinum blonde lady who rode Steel Pier’s high diving horse. She only dove 40 feet into a tank of water, but had a horse between her legs just to add to the drama and excitement. My grandparents led the gypsy lifestyle as Eastern European entertainers. My grandfather was a famous acrobat and grandma was a world renowned opera singer from Vienna. I suppose this is where I get my penchant for singing and performing. Are you laughing yet? I swear it is all true!

Later Mom retired her sequined suit to become an English teacher, and Dad (Gene Hart) became a hockey broadcaster for the Philadelphia Flyers. In fact, he became one of the premier announcers for the game and basically helped introduce the sport to American fans. He did so well that in late 1997, he was inducted into the NHL Hall of Fame in Toronto right beside Mario Lemieux!

I have been singing for as long as I can remember. I had my first band at 14, sang all throughout high school, played piano and guitar, and ended up studying jazz and voice at Temple University in Philly. I left school early when I figured out that I could do what I loved and make money! It wasn’t a lot, but I always found it remarkable that someone would pay me anything to do what I loved most. I recently graduated college and let me tell you I definitely overshot the four-year plan.

My music is a quirky mix. I grew up listening to soul of Annie Lennox, Nina Simone, Astrud Gilberto, & Gladys Knight. I also love great rock bands, U2, The Police, Nirvana, The Who & World Party. And Aimee Mann has always been a hero of mine. Pop music can be very smart and still rock. Who came up with the thought of having just one or the other? Together they are a powerful combination. A great song in any genre crosses the line and is always a great song.

Through music, I eventually ended up living in the south of France. I sang and played my guitar wherever I could. I got a good break at the Sporting Club in Monte Carlo and wound up as the “house” opening act. They don’t have the same music niche hang-ups that we have here, so on any given week I might be playing in front of artists like the Gypsy Kings, Stan Getz or Tina Turner. I once even opened for Frank Sinatra. Fly me to the moon baby!

I moved back to the states a few years later to pursue my career as a writer and singer. I really wanted to be home. I played anywhere and everywhere I could. My band and I have been the opener for Fiona Apple, Tori Amos, Train, Matthew Sweet, 10,000 Maniacs, Lisa Loeb and were invited to play at President Clinton’s inauguration in D.C. The President blew his sax with us on a couple of songs with us. Ha… very exciting!!

Lifetimes

The brand new album from Philly’s own number one female artist. All new songs and a decidedly new vibe come through on this album.

Songs on this album are:
1. All Fall Down
2. Nothing But Happiness
3. Coming Up
4. I Might Be
5. Light The Way
6. Watch That Girl
7. What If Lonely
8. Five
9. Queen Of The Scene
10. The Answer
11. Words Like Water

More music to explore: Erica Lindsay

Girl Keeps On

Her most recent release from 2002 features the fine voice and insightful songwriting that started on “Painted Bride.”

Songs on this album are:
1. Joyride
2. Cliché
3. Girl Keeps On
4. Nothing Like You
5. Symptom of My Time
6. Hold Me High
7. Drive
8. Everything Under the Sun
9. Right on Time
10. World Away

Painted Bride

The debut album from 1998 shows why people love her voice and sing-a-long songs.

Songs on this album are:
1. The Guy
2. Fine Romance
3. Color a Life
4. Lay Low
5. Complicated
6. All I Remember
7. Paper Flowers
8. Painted Bride
9. Last Word
10. One Last Time

The Lauren Hart Story!

I grew up in Atlantic City, New Jersey. My parents both worked in a water circus on the world famous Steel Pier. My dad was the emcee/comedy high diver. He was good, a little chubby, but very handsome. Basically he and his cohorts, known as the “Binswanger Bathing Beauties”, plunged 100 feet off the pier into the Atlantic Ocean while telling jokes in mid air. Mom was the platinum blonde lady who rode Steel Pier’s high diving horse. She only dove 40 feet into a tank of water, but had a horse between her legs just to add to the drama and excitement. My grandparents led the gypsy lifestyle as Eastern European entertainers. My grandfather was a famous acrobat and grandma was a world renowned opera singer from Vienna. I suppose this is where I get my penchant for singing and performing. Are you laughing yet? I swear it is all true!

Later Mom retired her sequined suit to become an English teacher, and Dad (Gene Hart) became a hockey broadcaster for the Philadelphia Flyers. In fact, he became one of the premier announcers for the game and basically helped introduce the sport to American fans. He did so well that in late 1997, he was inducted into the NHL Hall of Fame in Toronto right beside Mario Lemieux!

I have been singing for as long as I can remember. I had my first band at 14, sang all throughout high school, played piano and guitar, and ended up studying jazz and voice at Temple University in Philly. I left school early when I figured out that I could do what I loved and make money! It wasn’t a lot, but I always found it remarkable that someone would pay me anything to do what I loved most. I recently graduated college and let me tell you I definitely overshot the four-year plan.

My music is a quirky mix. I grew up listening to soul of Annie Lennox, Nina Simone, Astrud Gilberto, & Gladys Knight. I also love great rock bands, U2, The Police, Nirvana, The Who & World Party. And Aimee Mann has always been a hero of mine. Pop music can be very smart and still rock. Who came up with the thought of having just one or the other? Together they are a powerful combination. A great song in any genre crosses the line and is always a great song.

Through music, I eventually ended up living in the south of France. I sang and played my guitar wherever I could. I got a good break at the Sporting Club in Monte Carlo and wound up as the “house” opening act. They don’t have the same music niche hang-ups that we have here, so on any given week I might be playing in front of artists like the Gypsy Kings, Stan Getz or Tina Turner. I once even opened for Frank Sinatra. Fly me to the moon baby!

I moved back to the states a few years later to pursue my career as a writer and singer. I really wanted to be home. I played anywhere and everywhere I could. My band and I have been the opener for Fiona Apple, Tori Amos, Train, Matthew Sweet, 10,000 Maniacs, Lisa Loeb and were invited to play at President Clinton’s inauguration in D.C. The President blew his sax with us on a couple of songs with us. Ha… very exciting!!

Related artist: Simon Wolfe

I lived In LA for a while, but always drifted back east. I guess I am a Jersey girl at heart. I live in Philly now, but Jersey is a minute over the bridge. They both feel like home to me and the folks from this area have given me nothin but love!!

When I moved back, I started my own label called “Gypsy Girl”. I wrote, produced and financed my own work. With the help of friends like Eric Bazillian and Rob Hyman of the Hooters, producer Phil Nicolo, and my pals Ralphie & Chris Z., I finished the CD, “PAINTED BRIDE”. Victory was mine. A friend from Virgin records stepped up and offered to do our radio promotion. We had airplay, we were touring, and we were invited to perform on national TV for CBS This Morning in NYC. Not bad for an unsigned act.

In order to support my music “habit”, I took a job as the national anthem singer for the Philadelphia Flyers . I suppose I had an “in”, and an unusual fondness for large men with no teeth. I love hockey & those guys!!! Oh, by the way the Canadian anthem is much nicer than ours.) I worked several extra jobs such as receptionist, accountant, video game developer, girl servant and house cleaner, and was the Ocean Spray Raisin Girl….. don’t ask.

Two years later, a lot of tears, a lot of loss, a lot of reflection and some joy thrown in for good measure. So was born, “GIRL KEEPS ON”. My second cd, and my proudest effort. Making this music gave me purpose and hope even when it did not look like there was much. My Dad’s memory lives on as he intros and closes the cd. I stole a couple hockey game audio pieces that seem to work just right. So we mark our place in history together as it should be.

This is my story in song, which is probably a lot like yours. Sometimes we are right on time, but more often we are a world away. This is my way of saying that at this moment, it is okay to just be. So, I put pen to paper, my hands on keys or strings, and try to share the way life feels with a song.

My last CD taught me to be self-sufficient and that my career is dependent on no one but me. I need no permission to be an artist, I already am. And, this new CD is teaching me that life goes on and reminds me of why I love life and music the way I do.

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