GRAMMY-nominated, multi-platinum selling singer, songwriter and producer JHart (AKA James Abrahart) returns today with the official video for his sultry soul-pop anthem, “Put It To Bed.” The song was released earlier this summer to widespread critical acclaim, with Billboard hailing it as “triumphant & danceable,” and citing it as “proof of JHart’s true power and a sign of great things to come.” Directed by Chuck David Willis, the video premiered on PAPER Magazine.
“I’m thrilled with how my first music video turned out,” JHart tells PAPER. “I brainstormed pretty tirelessly with my creative director, Chuck, and the producer, Brett, about how to make the vision for this video something not so obvious. We came across a quote in a psychology piece about ‘The Miracle Question’ and different versions of it that helped patients in therapy resolve their issues by looking at their problems from a secondary perspective, put a slight Black Mirror twist on the idea and the video concept was born. I’m beyond grateful to anyone who has helped in the execution of this video.”
Watch the official video for “Put It To Bed” HERE.
Offering listeners a delectable first taste of what’s to come from his forthcoming project, Vol 1 – Songs From Therapy, due later this year, “Put It To Bed” was written and produced by JHart and Nick Ruth (5 Seconds Of Summer, Kelly Clarkson, Carly Rae Jepsen), serving up cinematic strings, soaring vocals, and a slow-simmering bedroom-ready bassline. Other collaborators on the project include Greg Wells and Lostboy.
The inspiration for ‘Vol 1 – Songs From Therapy’ came after listening to audio recorded during his own personal therapy sessions. As he explains, “When I started going to therapy, I noticed a change in my ability to be present creatively, so after a few months I pitched my therapist the idea of recording our sessions with the goal of writing my record and he agreed to it. Therapy also helped me get over a fear of performing that stopped me from pursuing an artist project for most of my adult life.”
“Put It To Bed” marks JHart’s proper introduction as a full-fledged solo artist, having started out as a songwriter writing hits for artists spanning multiple genres, including Justin Bieber, Keith Urban, Usher, Kygo, Rita Ora, Kevin Gates, and Camila Cabello, with his output as a songwriter amassing over 8 million in sales. JHart co-wrote two songs on Justin Bieber’s 2015 Purpose album, including the Billboard Hot 100 single“Company”and Keith Urban’s hit single, “Wasted Time,” which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay Chart in 2016. He also penned two songs, “In The Dark,” and “Something’s Gotta Give” on Camila Cabello’s debut self-titled album which hit the top spot on the Billboard 200 Chart earlier this year. As an artist, JHart was prominently featured on Kygo‘s “Permanent,” which hit the Top 50 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Songs Chart, before joining the Norwegian producer/DJ’s Kids In Love arena tour in early 2018 and performing at Coachella. Watch the newly released acoustic video for “Permanent” HERE, recorded live at The Ace Theatre in Los Angeles and directed by Johannes Lovund.
In speaking about the new project, JHart recounts, “I’ve been a writer for other artists for about 7 years now, so I knew if I was going to commit to doing my own artist project, it had to tick multiple boxes for me; be creatively satisfying, be experimental in inception, and more than anything else feel like an honest reflection of myself and whatever I was going through.”
Expect to hear a lot more from JHart in 2018 and beyond and stay tuned for more new music coming soon.