Jeff Hartman

Jeff Hartman

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Sometimes rock, sometimes pop, sometimes jazz, sometimes folk, other times funk, with soaring vocals laced together with melodies that never leave you. Nevertheless, it can only be described as Jeff Hartman’s eclectic blend.

Biography

"Allow me to preface all of this by emphasizing none of this is about me. It's about seizing opportunities to share with you some gifts God has blessed me with."

Many distinct music personalities yield a single sound; sometimes rock, sometimes pop, sometimes jazz, sometimes folk, other times funk, with soaring vocals laced together with melodies that never leave you. Nevertheless, it can only be described as Jeff Hartman's eclectic blend. In the tradition of Bruce Hornsby and Dave Matthews, Jeff has carved out an impressive place for himself on the live music circuit, having appeared with a variety of musicians and as Scott Jeffrey's Band approximately 200 dates yearly for half a decade.

Jeff Hartman is an award-winning actor and musical director, and a graduate of Appalachian State University with degrees in advertising and theater. He was reciting classical compositions at nine, accompanied by six years of classical training, soon collaborating and recording original material at 14. Jeff subsequently tackled five years of
comprehensive music theory.

Hartman was honored by The National Library of Poetry and became a published author in 1992 with a revelational piece of poetry called “Hands,” subsequently collected and released as “The Sound of Poetry” on audio book, also in 1992. By 1996 he was making a living music directing theater productions and touring the region, and recording with a variety of groups, sharing stages with Molly Hatchet and Georgia Satellites.

Hartman brings to each performance twenty years of on- and off-stage experience including his 1998 on-screen appearance as a patient in United Artists' production of Carrie II and as North Carolina Theater Conference’s 1998 Outstanding Supporting Performer for his stage work in The Complete Works of WLLM SHKSPR [abridged] and NCTC's 2006 Best Actor for his stage work in I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change.

Scott Jeffrey’s Band made their "folk funk" debut at Drips’ Coffeehouse in Hickory, NC on December 29, 2000, but not before appearing and performing on 1290 WHKY Talk Radio’s First Talk with Hal Row earlier that morning.

The name "Scott Jeffrey's Band" materialized when nothing else would. Singer/songwriter Jeffrey Scott Hartman founded a band in 2000 when he decided to shove his original music down the throats of all cover band downtrodden. With no name, the band was simply referred to by friends and family as "Jeffrey's Band." While Jeff searched for something less individualistic, his girlfriend suggested throwing his middle name in front, establishing some sense of anonymity, thus representing the ensemble of the group and any other's contributions along the way to the arrangements and the creative process. Leaving the possessiveness in "Jeffrey's" would serve as a reminder and personify Jeff's body of work as the foundation for which his bands are built upon.

Others in Jeff's bands have included bassist Mason Bissett, drummer Brian Burton, bassist Steve Clamp, bassist Mike Cline, percussionist Rick Cline, bassist Micah Davidson, guitarist Doug Davis, guitarist Tony Eltora, drummer Daniel Flynn, bassist Darrell Griffin, vocalist Carol Anne Hartman, drummer Darrin Harwell, bassist Kevin Johnson, percussionist Phill Kirby, sound engineer Daniel LeVesque, bassist Scott McCloud, bassist Brandon Miller, guitarist Vito Oliveri, guitarist Jimmy Penland, guitarist Matthew Richelson, guitarist Jeremy Shaw, drummer Chris Simmons, guitarist Chick Tsikouras, bassist Steve Terry and saxist Phillip Whack.

Special guest artists have included violinist Zeb Bowles, violinist Page de Camara, percussionist Matt Decker, drummer Emily Fox, guitarist Keith Hicks, bassist Mike Holstein, saxist Scott McCloud, saxist Jason Passmore, guitarist Jeremy Shaw, percussionist Charles Smith and guitarist Josh Walker.

To date Jeff's most notably appeared with Universal recording artist Natalie, Steely Dan, Michael McDonald, the Allman Bros. Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Arrested Development, Jupiter Coyote, Acoustic Syndicate, The Recipe, Wil Seabrook, Will Hoge and Cowboy Mouth.

Other projects include Jeff Hartman Trio, Jeff Hartman & Friends, Hipshack, Heavy Handed Praise, Big River Orchestra, Scott Jeffrey's Band, Mt. Hebron Contemporary Worship Band, Thunder Bay, Southern Storm, Man of La Mancha Orchestra, Little Shop of Horrors Orchestra, Sanders Family Singers, JDM Trio and Deep End.

Billy Joel continues to have the biggest influence on Jif’s music, John Ritter on his acting. Jeff's stylings have broadly been compared by friends, fans and critics to Marc Cohn, Bruce Hornsby, Terry Kath, Dave Matthews and Steve Winwood.

“Simplify, simplify, simplify. My bands are products of a back to basics, Thoreau-style of music and storytelling. When necessary, we compliment my music with interpretive cover material. Lord knows every band on Earth plays Brick House. The challenge is laying it down in a way nobody’s ever heard before. That’s what we

Lyrics

September Song

Written By: Jeffrey S. Hartman

Lights up
Enter "Nothing Left to Give"
I can't go on like it's not ending
There's no one here you'd be offending if you took
Take me home and tuck me in

Gives up
Enter You
Where there's a "Will" there is a way
Where there's a go there is a stay
Stay

Could've been meat
Could've been cake
Could've been her
Could've been me six feet under ground

Why I
Well I wanna testify
Sanctify on artificial holy ground
All the king's men
All the things then
"He who brings ten
Among nine bad if one be good"

Gotta choice
Gonna make it
Gotta chance
Gonna take it
'Round and 'round and 'round we go

Doubt the stars are fire
Doubt the sun doth move
Doubt truth to be a liar
But never doubt
Never doubt
Never doubt
Never doubt I love

Time's up
Put your pencils down
No more questions
No more answers
Dress the stage and hire dancers dancing
Dance
I hope you do

What's up must come down
Happy Ending
Happy Days
Leaving lovers fifty ways

It all depends on what you pay

I love the way I hate the way I love the way I didn't have a choice
Alone was my intention
I didn't care for your invention
But the thrill was unexpected
Time stood still
I stood corrected

Well aware of the infection
Soon withdrawing my objection
Wait
The weight was overrated
Bearing crosses unrelated

You are water
You are heat
You're Polaris
You're September
You are sunlight
You are moonlight
You are mountains
You are valleys
You are love
You are love
Love
You are

Kiss the Frog

Written By: Jeffrey S. Hartman

I'd be obliged if you could help me
Your legs are long
Are you alone?
Most find it hard to live without me
A two foot frog to call your own

I search for comfort in a bottle
I don't speak English very well
Well
I guarantee we'll wake the others
I promise I won't kiss and tell

Kiss me
Kiss the frog

Pick me up
I'm getting restless
Give your hands a thorough rinse
You're in for a few surprises
Carry on your wayward prince

Gimme that
Gimme, gimme that
Gimme, gimme, gimme that now
I've been known to cause a scene
It's not hard getting everything I want
It's not easy being green

Discography

Then There Was Three (2007)
More (The Black Album) (2005)
Northern Accent (2003)
These Boots (2001)
EP (1999)

Set List

Originals by Album

AIN'T EVEN HUNGRY NO MORE
Then There Was Three

ANOTHER ROSE
Then There Was Three

BETTER MAN
Northern Accent

CATCH 22
Northern Accent

CHANGE
Then There Was Three

DEAR SANTA
Northern Accent

DEJA VU
More

EAT YOUR VEGETABLES
Then There Was Three

EPIPHANY
More

ERICA'S SONG
Northern Accent

GOLDEN ARROW
Then There Was Three

GREY
Northern Accent

HALF MY HEART
Northern Accent

I THOUGHT IT WAS LEATHER
Northern Accent

KISS THE FROG
More

LAURA
Northern Accent

METAPHOR
Then There Was Three

MORE
More

MOVE ON
Then There Was Three

MUSE
More

NERL
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NORTHERN ACCENT
Northern Accent

Q&A
Then There Was Three

RED
Northern Accent

SEPTEMBER SONG
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SEVEN STRUT
These Boots

SHOULDN'T I BE LESS IN LOVE WITH YOU
Then There Was Three

SWEET NOTHINGS
Then There Was Three

SWELL (A PRELUDE)
More

10 BROOKSIDE BLUES
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THE BLUES
More

THEN THERE WAS THREE
Then There Was