“Everything Artist” Jeff Hartman is an award-winning actor/music director. ASU alumnus—Advertising/Theater/Music. Teaching/touring professionally since 1992. Private Study since 1983. Published author in 1992. BMI artist with dozens of album credits. Touring credits include Walt Disney World, Charlotte Bobcats Arena, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, MerleFest. Billing with Arrested Development, Steely Dan, Michael McDonald, Natalie, Georgia Satellites, Allman Bros. Band, Hootie & The Blowfish, Eric Church. Screen credits include TNT’s “Andersonville,” “The Rage: Carrie II,” “Pendulum Swings” (Composer and Actor), “Uncommon” (Composer and Music Supervisor). Numerous small screen/commercial credits. Sound Operator for VIMBY, a Mark Burnett co.—Survivor, Celebrity Apprentice. Stage credits include 2010 “Outstanding Special Technical Effect” Metrolina Theatre Association Award, 2006 “Best Actor” North Carolina Theatre Conference, 1998 “Best Supporting Performance” & “Best Ensemble” NCTC, 1996 “Best Vocal Performance” NCTC. *Endorsed by Digitech
Hartman’s beautiful voice and authoritative yet gentle presence unite story and character and guide the audience through the intricacies of a plot told largely in song.The Charlotte Observer, Catawba Valley Neighbors
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 in a variety of ways approximately 200 dates yearly for more than two decades.
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 as a professional actor and musician, music directing theater productions, touring regionally and recording with a variety of groups, sharing stages with Molly Hatchet and Georgia Satellites.
Hartman brings to each performance more than thirty 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 William Shakespeare [abridged] and NCTC’s 2006 Best Actor for his stage work in I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.
To date, Jeff’s most notably appeared on stage or screen with James Best (Dukes of Hazzard), Norma Frank (Fear Strikes Out), Amy Irving (Carrie), Jarrod Emick, Frederic Forrest, Ted Marcoux, Cliff De Young & Jan Triska (Andersonville), Jason Hatfield (The Conspirator, Homeland), 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, Strictly Clean & Decent, Ray Whisnant, Cowboy Mouth, Breakfast Club, Hootie & The Blowfish and Eric Church.
Behind the scenes, Hartman has been producing, engineering and publishing for artists and professionals since 1996, notably original score for “Uncommon” with Erik Estrada; Audio Operator for VIMBY, including an interview with Dr. Maya Angelou for History Channel’s “The Bible” Miniseries from “Survivor” Producer, Mark Burnett.
As of 2015, Jeff has written, contributed to and released dozens of albums, studio and live, two film soundtracks and has composed music for three stage musicals.
Other projects include Hartman, Jeff Hartman & The Other Brothers, Jeff Hartman Trio, Jeff Hartman & Friends, Hipshack, Scott Jeffrey’s Band, Thunder Bay, Southern Storm, JDM Trio, Deep End and various orchestras.
A published poet and influenced in equal parts by folk and funk artists alike, Jeff’s songs are a mix of dazed beauty and bitter-sweetness. Here are tales of abuse and misuse, of vulnerability and resolve, poetic trances like the Appalachia-esque “Erica’s Song” and the biographical “Northern Accent.” On the plaintive “Half My Heart,” Hartman cries: “I’d give you a promise, but half my heart is all that I can give if half your life is all that I can live.”
“Hartman” is a faith-based combo featuring singer/songwriters Jeff & Carol Anne Hartman. Jeff & Carol Anne have been performing together and leading worship among other things for as long as they can remember. Well known for their unaffiliated “Worship Without Walls,” Jeff has been performing with wife and band for almost two decades across the country, exemplified by the latest album, “Better Live,” celebrating their first decade together with live, original tracks from Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre to The CoMMA.
Carol Anne and Jeff met on stage in the spring of ’96 and soon fell in love during fall production of “The Fantasticks” at The Green Room, a theatre in Newton, North Carolina. Jeff asked for Carol’s hand in marriage with the cloak and dagger help of friends and family on the second Saturday in September of ’99 and wed one year later on September 9, 2000. The ceremony was held on stage in the Charles E. Jeffers Theatre in Hickory, NC. They have three children Jeff considers his biggest challenge and greatest accomplishment.
In 2005, prior to the unexpected death of friend, engineer and producer, David Black and during production on what would later be known as “More (The Black Album),” Hartman was vetted by a representative for Virgin Records through a close friend of the family. Prerequisites for contract negotiations included a non-disclosure agreement, relocation to Nashville, use of label-contracted musicians only, surrendering a substantial share of publishing rights, re-branding/name-change, relinquishing all in-progress work on The Black Album and returning to a radio-friendly, acoustic-driven 3:30 songwriting model. Jeff’s dedication to his family and musicians, one and the same, David, the album and their direction was non-negotiable. Unknowing what Jeff walked away from, the then lead guitarist soon abandoned his commitments and financial responsibilities to the album and the band, their families, fans and investors—fracturing the group and crushing Hartman. Losing faith in life, love and loyalty, Jeff would survive a suicide attempt and since seeks solace in helping others cope with depression and avoid despair.
Jeff and Carol Anne helped found Down to Hear Studios (now Hickory Arts) in Hickory, NC with renowned Down to Hear record producers David and Michael French in 2010 in an effort to counter the impersonal, quantity over quality studio culture. Hickory Arts relocated closer to Union Square in 2011 where they were joined by one of Jeff’s mentors, international touring artist and composer, John Coffey.
After recovering from two strokes in 2014, Hartman has segued from a person of the arts to a person for the arts. Now-Hickory Arts Artistic Director, Jeff was surprised on Thursday, June 18, 2015 with a Paul Harris Fellowship, as approved by the Rotary Club of Hickory Board of Directors—nominated by Rotarian John Rambo, Hickory Theatre.