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Irena Hart is a Ukrainian born acoustic guitarist, singer/songwriter, poet, activist. At the age of 12 her family moved to the United States where she was introduced to the music scene through her school choir where she lip-synched her words. She didn’t think she was able to sing even though she came from a musical family where her Grandfather played the piano and her mother went to a prestigious music school and was an accomplished violinist and singer.
On a dare from a close friend, Irena auditioned and was accepted into Julliard Vocal program, evening division. After only 3 semesters she dropped out, however, opting for Fairfield County open mic circuit instead. During that time she shared the stage regularly with then unknown John Meyer. This was followed by serious vocal coaching in New York City from the legendary Craig Derry, who had worked with the likes of Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, Marc Anthony and other prominent performers.
Irena was now primed to begin her musical recordings and recorded and released “Heartstrings”, her first pop/dance album in 2009. The album did well enough to allow Irena to go on a National Tour in 2010. Her second project which is slated for released in 2014 is titled “Alone”. One particular single which is now being pre-released sets audiences up to experience this remarkable artist in her pure essence.
“Don’t Want To Be Alone Tonight” is a single that shows the direction that she has taken which introduces her audience to a more organic sound with a great folk melody, great vocals and a superb musical arrangement. This song is pure Irena, delivering a powerful universal message to the listeners allowing them to inject their own life into the storyline.
“Alone” will be filled with glorious storylines brought to audiences through poetic grace. Irena is a poet after all, revealing her words through song.
Accolades and accomplishments include but are not limited to:
• Participated in a weekly event with John Meyer
• Compared to Jewel, Emmylou Harris and Lucinda Williams by music critics
• One of her songs was used on an episode of USA’s show Burn Notice
• She headlined at High Line Ballroom
• She has toured nationally and performed in Chicago at Summer Bash with DJ Boogie after dance single cycled for 5 consecutive weeks
• Performed in France at MIDEM 2009 where Russia was a featured country
Irena is also a member of a 5 piece original band, Valiante Hart with whom she will be performing often in the New England and New York City area. For more details visit
Although Irena hasn’t returned to the Ukraine since she left at the age of 12 she hopes that one day her music may be popular in her motherland. She would love to do a big concert in her home town, Kiev, the city where she was born and raised.
You can listen to and/or purchase Irena Hart’s music by logging onto the following websites: