Artist of the day: Jack Hartmann
This is a busy time for Jack Hartmann, 60, a nationally recognized singer and songwriter of children’s music. The Largo resident started composing educational songs for children in 1980, and 30 years later his business, Hop 2 It Music, is thriving.
Hartmann, who has written more than 600 children’s songs over the years, said the business has grown to the point that he expects to see a profit of $1 million this year. His fan base now includes educators throughout the country.
On Dec. 1, he learned he is being honored with the University of Florida’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. He’ll return to Gainesville to receive the recognition during a future commencement ceremony. And last week he released his 30th album, Get on Board the Transition Train.
“I love to sing and connect with kids, and I try to do that by keeping my songs, the beats, hip, not too babyish,’’ Hartmann said.
For more on Jack Hartmann's career as a children's music hero, click here to read Piper Castillo's full profile.
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