Following a recent show, a new fan described Kalon Hart’s music as "Intentional Americana" and the genre seemed apt. It's easy to hear the definite influence from the folk and singer-songwriter traditions, from rousing acoustic pop numbers recalling The Lumineers and Mumford & Sons, to haunting ambient guitar picking in the style of Gregory Alan Isakov and early-career Bon Iver. But there's definitely a unique additional element in play with Kalon Hart, a common lyrical thread in all his songs, and that's a desire to bring people back to their hearts through emotional mastery and re-connection to the Earth, drawing spiritual inspiration from artists like Trevor Hall, Nahko, and Xavier Rudd.
This mission came recently and unexpectedly for Kalon Hart, who had spent most of his life chasing superficial accomplishments and external validation in an unsuccessful attempt to ward off depression. But a spiritual awakening revealed and the true nature of his musical gifts: they were not meant for satisfying his ego, but for spreading a healing message, and through writing these songs, his emotional wounds were healed. Answering the call to sing only from his heart and leave all else behind, Kalon Hart chose his name: Kalon (rhymes with "Galen") from ancient Greek, meaning perfect, intrinsic beauty; and Hart for the male deer and its homophone, heart.
In his parallel "real world" life, Kalon goes by his given name Rob Teehan, and was known in his homeland of Toronto, Canada as a composer and tuba player, former member of the Lemon Bucket Orkestra, The Boxcar Boys, and The Heavyweights Brass Band, and had many musical adventures around the world before landing in Los Angeles four years ago. These days he spends most of his time writing music for film and TV while delving deeper into his newly-discovered songwriting gifts. His debut record, "Love Is Surrender", was released in the summer of 2019.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS from Kalon Hart's other work (as Rob Teehan):
4x JUNO Award nominations (Canada's Grammy equivalent) - World Music Album of the Year, Classical Composition of the Year, Classical Vocal/Choral Album of the Year
8x Canadian Folk Music Award Nominations (1 win) - with Lemon Bucket Orkestra & The Boxcar Boys as tuba player; Ventanas as engineer / producer
Multiple tours of Europe, Canada and the U.S. as tuba player with Lemon Bucket Orkestra, The Boxcar Boys, Heavyweights Brass Band, Saidah Baba Talibah; 100+ Festival appearances
40+ album discography as tuba player, vocalist, producer, arranger, mix engineer
Scored Award-Winning Films including "The Babushkas of Chernobyl", "Frame 394" "The Sugar Bowl", "Flor de la Mar", "Take Light".
Composed Music for TV shows "Elementary" & "Jessica Jones".
Composer-in-Residence for National Youth Orchestra of Canada, The Church of the Redeemer, The Colours of Music Festival
Bridie Latona to star in new video "Love Is Surrender"
10 OCT 2019
Following their successful collaboration on debut music video "I Think You Know", released earlier this year, Kalon Hart will once again feature renowned actress Bridie Latona in the starring role in his second music video, "Love Is Surrender", shooting in late November / early December and set for release in early 2020.
Kalon Hart to showcase at Folk Music Ontario
15 Sept 2019
Kalon Hart is headed to his hometown of Toronto, Canada, as an official showcasing artist at the 2019 Folk Music Ontario Conference - one of 30 artists selected from several hundred applicants.
“BEST VOICE (Male) at Folk Music Ontario Conference 2019... how can a guy segue from being the tuba player in Lemon Bucket Orkestra to being an eloquent and poignant singer songwriter? amazing...”
— Derek Andrews, Canadian folk music industry mogul; artistic curator at LuminaTO Festival/Mundial Montreal
“we’re about three minutes into Kalon Hart‘s set, and I can feel the hair standing up all over my body... Whoa.”