Beth Hart has announced a rare, first-time solo concert at Union Chapel in Islington.
The intimate show, on 14 December 2015, follows the release of new album ‘Better Than Home’ and a successful UK tour earlier this month.
Tickets go on sale on 15 May from www.alt-tickets.co.uk and the 24-hour ticket box office 0844 871 8819.
The Grammy nominated singer-songwriter has come a long way since paying her dues with an acoustic guitar around Los Angeles. Her big break came in 1993, when a $50 bet with a friend led her onto a TV talent show – that she won.
“I won a lot of money, over $100,000,” she remembers. “Instead of being happy the night I won, I went into total depression, I was so afraid of the pressure. But boy, I took that money. I lived in a basement, and my piano was full of roaches, so I got new furniture, moved into a great apartment. I was on cloud nine. I did a lot of drugs. I spent that money in less than six months.”
Signed to Atlantic Records, Hart worked with top producers on 1996’s ‘Immortal’, and scored international hits with songs like ‘Am I The One’, but today, she contends it was on 1999’s ‘Screamin’ For My Supper’ – home to the smash-hit ‘LA Song (Out Of This Town)’ – that she found her voice.
A heady cocktail of drugs and Hart’s unmedicated bipolar disorder ensured that her Atlantic deal went sour, and it took the intervention of road manager Scott Guetzkow to pull her back from the brink.
Around the turn of the millennium, Hart ditched her “drug of choice” (Klonopin), drove to Vegas, married Guetzkow and never looked back. In 2003, she shot back with third album ‘Leave The Light On’, while her popularity on the continent was showcased on ‘Live At Paradiso’ recorded in Amsterdam in 2005. Two years later, ‘37 Days’ gave Hart the European hit ‘Good As It Gets’, and in 2010, ‘My California’ found her singing with new sensitivity about deeply personal themes.
While the buzz grew, that voice had caught some famous ears, and to date, Beth counts some of rock’s most iconic guitarists amongst her collaborators. Her earliest A-list hook-up was alongside British veteran Jeff Beck, but it was a chance meeting with the blues star Joe Bonamassa in a hotel lobby that changed her trajectory, resulting in an invitation to sing on the Kevin Shirley-produced soul-rock covers album that became 2011’s ‘Don’t Explain’.
It proved to be the perfect springboard for ‘Bang Bang Boom Boom’, comprising 11 original songs recorded by Shirley, before ‘Seesaw’ reunited her with Bonamassa for a second collection of covers that received a Best Blues Album Grammy nomination – and paved the way for 2015’s ‘Better Than Home’.
- For more on Beth Hart, visit her website.