Autumn Hart has been singing forever, and she is now doing her own thing. After years of traveling the country, singing background vocals, performing in musical theater, and doing some medical copy editing, she has landed in Trenton, New Jersey where she is embarking on a career as a solo artist. She specializes in left-of-center pop, and her influences range from Alanis Morrisette to Des’ree to Deborah Cox. She believes if both the audience and herself have been changed in some way after a performance, she has done her job. The emphasis is on going somewhere higher or deeper and returning with the memory. She is currently recording her EP, which is scheduled to be released in October 2019. Stay tuned.
On a crisp, sunny, or mild day, you’ll find her alone there at the window, staring out at nothing in particular, nothing tangible. There she’ll be, searching the rooftops and carports for another place, seeking a glimpse beyond the veil. There’s a yearning upward in her songs, a plaintiff cry in the warmth of her passionate soprano, seeking to go higher. Four-part harmonies, violins, and wistful melodies converge toward a complete merging with Source. She wants to take us all there, if only for a few moments.
Autumn Hart was born in Livingston, New Jersey to a pharmacist and a college professor. Throughout her childhood, her family lived in four towns in New Jersey, then moved to Wichita, Kansas, and finally to Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She grew accustomed to being the new kid and often one of the only black students. She found comfort and refuge in music. Music and, more specifically, singing became the stable constant. Autumn began singing solos in church when she was 9 years old, and she actually thought she was an alto well into her adult years. As a teenager, she would sometimes experience blackouts while she sang in which the world around her was reduced to a blur of shapes and colors. Time and space would disappear and she was left with utter peace.
As an adult songwriter and singer, she often envisions her great great grandparents and great aunts and uncles passing on to her hundreds of years of a musical tradition. In her mind’s eye, they’re still strumming on banjos and singing spirituals on a porch on a down-South dirt road. Her more direct influences include Babyface’s orchestral brand of 90s R&B, the elevated lyrics and mood of Des’ree, and the vocal range and tone of Deborah Cox. She calls her genre of music “I guess ethereal or left-of-center R&B.”
Years ago, a harsh, damn-near fatal word of discouragement from her first voice teacher crushed her as an artist, precipitating 18 years of wandering the country (and the world) trying to sing professionally. But she couldn't; she’d lost all faith in her voice.
What broke the curse? Nothing. To this day, she carries the wound, but she’s realized that she must keep moving. She has her good days and bad days, but she’s making progress, and she knows she’ll be miserable if she doesn’t try. Currently, she’s recording her EP. Stay tuned.