We continue our countdown to this weekend’s Lions Outdoor and Leisure Expo at Port Shepstone Country Club with a look at Jason Hartman, who will headline Saturday night’s festivities in the main entertainment marquee.
Born and raised in the Kwazulu-Natal Midlands, singer songwriter Hartman’s love for music was evident from a very young age. In his teens, Hartman and his brother Scott joined their father and formed a three-piece band out of pure necessity to survive.
They spent a decade together performing at various venues and corporate functions earning their keep through their mind-blowing performances. Hartman then broke away and moved to Johannesburg where he began busking for a living.
Soon after this, he formed a duo called Justus, which won the Duo Competition at Tanz Café in Bryanston. This was the beginning of a successful career in the South African music industry.
It was the 2009 Idols that truly put Hartman on the map as one of South Africa’s finest acts. He lost a bet with a group of friends and was challenged to enter the competition at the age of 29, a year before the contest’s cut-off age.
Reluctant at first to enter, he braved the queues and admits that the incredible talent he was competing against overwhelmed him.
He nearly gave up but continued to climb up to higher rounds and soon found himself in the top 10 with millions of adoring eyes on him every week.
Hartman came second to Sasha-Lee but a discrepancy in the voting meant that he was in fact the person with the most votes.
However, the title of winner of Idols 2009 was shared between the two gifted singers, the first time in the history of the competition that the accolade had been given to two people.
Sasha-Lee collaborated with Hartman on a track for his debut album, On The Run (Sony Music) which was released in 2009.
The predominantly self-penned album has been his biggest dream to date. Two songs, Break The Silence and On The Run, became number one hits on most national radio stations and the third single, Chasing Stars, has achieved considerable radio airplay across the country.
Since his joint victory as the winner of the most celebrated reality contest in the country, Hartman has performed continuously to audiences all over South Africa.
His current band consists of his brother Scott on drums and vocals and his father Sam on guitar and vocals, as well as a bass player.
In fact, the quality of his live performance is so highly acclaimed that he opened for USA Idols winner Kelly Clarkson and was also personally invited by the Prince and Princess of Monaco to partake in their wedding festivities.
Hartman and his band blew audiences away in Monaco with performances at the Monaco Grand Prix and an opening gig for the Eagles, both performances earned them a standing ovation and celebrity status in that country.
Hartman recently turned his hand to acting with a leading debut role in “A Million Colours”, a South African/Canadian production set for international release later in 2011.
The movie is based on the two stars of the highly successful movie E`Lolipop, after they received international fame and recognition, many years ago.
Hartman recently appeared on the sound track to the animated movie, Jock, based on Sir Percy Fitzpatrick’s novel Jock of the Bushveld, which was released in July 2011.
Aside from music, Hartman’s passion is the environment, in particular gardening. He has always been at home in the tranquility of Mother Nature and leverages off his celebrity status to put across very authentic messages on sustainability and environmental awareness.
Hartman heads up an NGO called The Men of Trees NGO (www.motto.org.za) and a director of Conservation Guardians (www.conservationguardians.com), and is driving several ‘green’ projects such as sustainable vegetable gardens in schools.
Sustainability in the garden is very important to Hartman and he proudly shows underprivileged people all over the country how to plant crops in tyres in order to feed their families.
Hartman’s trip to Monaco enabled him to build up a lot of support from some of Europe’s most influential people and he will be joining them in a drive to end global poaching and will incorporate awareness and a very serious message into his shows and new music he is working on.
Hartman describes himself, with a grin, as “just an authentic, down to earth guy who happens to be a muso!”
Backed by his team and stalwart family and armed with his guitar, Hartman continues to hold his head up high as a major force in the South African music industry, and quite possibly internationally too.
Flat Tyre Groove will kick-off the evening’s entertainment at 5pm with Brian Finch and Tigger taking over at pm before Hartman takes to the stage at 9pm.
Tickets are R50 per adult (Over 18) and will be available at the gate.
09:00: Gates open.
Indoor & Outdoor Exhibits on show until 19:00
09:00: Lions Food Tent Opens
09:00: Kids Entertainment area opens
10:00: SAB Entertainment Tent opens – Live sport on the big screen and music throughout the day.
10:00: DANCE EXPLOSION – 60-100 dancers perform on stage in the SAB Entertainment Tent.
11:30: MISS LIONS EXPO SEMI-FINALS – SAB Entertainment Tent
12:30: OFFICIAL OPENING CEREMONY and Exhibitor Prize-Giving in the Main Arena
13:00 – 14:00 & 16:00 – 17:00: BRIAN CAPPER – in the Main Arena
17:00: FLAT TYRE GROOVE live in the SAB Entertainment Tent
19:00: BRIAN FINCH & TIGGER live in the SAB Entertainment Tent
21:00: JASON HARTMAN live in the SAB Entertainment Tent
Expo Gate Entry:
Friday 23rd May: Adults (over 18 years of age) R50-00, Children (Under 18 years of age) R30-00, Pensioners R30-00
Saturday 24th May: Adults (over 18 years of age) R50-00, Children (Under 18 years of age) R30-00, Pensioners R30-00
Sunday 25th May: Adults (over 18 years of age) R50-00, Children (Under 18 years of age) R30-00, Pensioners R30-00