#BehindTheBangers is a series spotlighting songwriters and producers.
Before JHart became the Grammy-nominated songwriter for chart-topping pop stars that he is today, he once dressed up as serial entrepreneur Richard Branson for his elementary school’s annual career day. He used a marker on his face to mimic Branson’s beard. After that day in fifth grade, JHart mailed Branson a photo of his costume with a short letter, to which the billionaire wrote back, “Nice stubble!”
Two decades later, JHart walked into a New York City coffee shop for an interview with ONE37pm while carrying Branson’s latest autobiography, Finding My Virginity, which details his journey toward exploring space travel by launching Virgin Galactic. Branson has been an inspiration to JHart, born as James Abrahart in 1988, for as long as he can remember. But now, instead of using a marker on his face, he’s using his pen to leave a mark on the music industry with his out-of-this-world lyrical prowess.
ONE37pm sat down with JHart, at a bustling café and later at an intimate studio, to discuss his transition from behind-the-scenes songwriter to front-and-center solo artist with his recent debut single “Put It To Bed” and with his “Permanent” collaboration with Kygo, which they performed together on the main stage at this year's Coachella. He revealed some untold stories about writing songs for Justin Bieber, Camila Cabello, Fifth Harmony, TLC, Usher, Martin Garrix, Keith Urban, Charlie Puth and Little Mix.