Snapshot: Jason Hartman


Jason was declared co-winner of South African Idols 2009 after a voting mix-up. He started his music career in 1994 (at school) singing in the family band. The family still plays together and consists of Scott Hartman (drums and vocals), Sam Hartman (guitar and vocals) and Quinton Askew, Sez Adamson (steel Guitar) and Derrick Holmes (Guitar).

Jason’s first single – Break the Silence – made it to number one on the Nokia Top 40 and was a national hit on various radio stations.

Jason`s debut album, On The Run, was released in October 2009. His single, On the Run, was released on the 17th of August 2009. All instrumentals and vocals on this album (excluding drums, which were performed by Scott Hartman, and bass by Donovan Thatcher) were done by Jason. He has also written most of these songs himself and some with the help of his Producer, Marius Brouwer.

On The Run was a number one hit and was number 28 in the overall 5FM 2009 singles. Break The Silence was number 22 on 94.7 for 2009. His video, On The Run had rave reviews.

Jason’s third single “Chasing Stars” climbed well up the charts and enjoyed airplay on all radio stations throughout SA.

Jason and his Band toured with Kelly Clarkson, the American Super Star, in March 2010, and played to thousands of people in Cape Town, Joburg and Durban! What an awesome experience!

Earlier in 2010, in between performances, Jason played the lead role in a movie, A Million Colours, the follow up to eLolipop, a story made famous in the 70s`. The movie was filmed in Gauteng in 2010 and is based on the true story of the lives of the two previous stars of eLolipop, and how life unfolded for them, after the film. Another brand new experience for Jason! The film is due for release 2011, at Toronto Film Festival.

Jason has always been extensively involved in Charity work and has his own Charity being Men Of Trees, an international organisation with branches all over the world. He has been sponsored, including by Radox, and ploughed any spare time he has into starting food gardens throughout the country, focusing on schools and townships. His father, Sam, has been a great motivator in this drive and SABC has featured them in their plight to alleviate poverty.

Jason is proudly Patron for WESSA, The Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa.Wessa is one of the largest membership-based environmental organisations in Africa and has been active for the past 85 years. The organisation promotes public participation in caring for the Earth and builds capacity for conservation and sustainable development in a broad cross-section of South African society.

Jason is working on his second album at present. His performance schedule throughout SA continues to be extremely busy – that`s what he loves to do!

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~ by Thandie on August 8, 2012.

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