MIDLOTHIAN – Southwestern Assemblies of God University graduate and local recording artist David Jon Hartmann will debut his new album “Patterns of Life” at a release concert Friday, Aug. 2 at Life Church in Midlothian.
“Patterns of Life” is Hartmann's first full album and his first recording label production, backed by Tate Music Group (TMG). Like its name suggests, the album includes 10 original songs whose lyrics give the listener a peek into the singer/songwriter's personal life.
“Life is really all you can write from,” Hartmann said. “I want my music to convey a deep message and never just be meaningless filler on an album.”
The album's sound itself is as varied as the seasons of life, blending jazz, blues, love ballads and pop to create a “culmination of sounds that influence me,” he said.
“Patterns of Life” opens with an upbeat love song “I'd Write a Song For You” about that desire to be in a relationship with someone special and what you would do for their love. Hartmann drew his inspiration for this song from attending a friend's wedding and witnessing their love for each.
Hartmann has been busy starting up his career in music, publishing a music video with TMG for his original song “Get Me Out.” The song focuses on something we've all experienced, falling into a monotonous rut and desperately looking for something to “get me out of here.”
In an effort to avoid producing music that doesn't connect with his audience, Hartmann said he doesn't write lyrics unless he's caught up in the moment or something sparks his creativity.
“One of my biggest fears is producing a song that sounds the same,” he said. “I want all of my songs to stand apart and come together to form an album that is 'me' and unique.”
In the case of “Eyes of the Unborn,” Hartmann chose write about his pro-life viewpoint on the controversial topic of abortion. The song tells the story of an aborted infant asking its mother why she did it and telling her about its potential and what its life could have been like.
“I wrote 'Eyes of the Unborn' in 2007 and since then abortion has become even more of an issue,” Hartmann said. “I have no problem standing up for what I believe in and what I believe should be done.”
He hopes that the messages in his songs will have an impact on his audience and serve a greater purpose beyond entertaining listeners.
“I always want to write songs that can have a deep impact, because if one of my songs can make a difference in someone's life – it would be the greatest thing in the world,” he said. “I believe music has the greatest influence, because it can transcend language barriers and country borders to affect people all around the world.”
As the concert date approaches, Hartmann is hoping that his music will impact his friends, family and local fans. One thing he isn't worried about is being in the spotlight, though the concert audience will be the biggest he's every performed in front of solo.
“Since I was 5 years old, I've been up on the stage singing and performing,” Hartmann said, telling how his parents would incorporate he and his siblings in their missionary work. “I've acted and sung in musicals at Waxahachie High School and in Grand Prairie at the community theater.”
Concert goers will get a preview of Hartmann's entire album as he performs all 10 original songs and three cover songs from some of his favorite artists – John Mayer, Coldplay and U2.
Stephanie Polski, a friend and fellow SAGU student, and her husband Tyler Martin will open Hartmann's concert with a set of six songs.
Advance tickets are $10 and tickets can be purchased at the door for $15. To purchase tickets online, visit www.brownpapertickets.com and search for “David Jon Hartmann” or follow the link to purchase tickets on Hartmann's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/davidjonhartmann.
Life Church is located at 620 N. U.S. Highway 67 in Midlothian.