21 year old Alabama native Edward Hartline has been writing songs since he was 11. He taught himself to play guitar and piano, and played tenors, bass drum, xylophone, bells, and trumpet in school band. He is currently teaching himself violin.
Edward grew up in a household that listened to everything from Jimmy Buffett to Vivaldi, but the music that caught his imagination early on came from Don McLean and The Monkees, and later, Elliott Smith and Janis Ian. At 13, a video of Edward playing a cover of a Bobby Long song was spotted by the artist, who tweeted about it. That push into the spotlight was the encouragement Edward needed, and within six months, he began playing local coffeehouses and released a home-recorded EP, Lagniappe ( lan'-yap). FearlessRadio.com in Chicago put several of his songs in rotation, and two of his demos went to number 2 before he entered high school. They remained in the top 25 for over six months. His debut CD, Candy for Bread Map, was released in 2011, and the first single went to number 1 on Fearless in six weeks.
In 2011, he toured the southern US, played the second annual BAAMFest in Birmingham, AL, and had a song featured on the soundtrack of an indie film.
In 2013, he released 2 more EPs: hartline., a limited release available only at shows, and Lost, a preview of the capabilities of his new home studio, built with the support he received from an Indiegogo campaign. He also performed for Only About the Music - Artists for Autism music festival in Fairfax, VA, helping raise over $2000 for music therapy materials for Grafton School.
He performed on Callow's showcase at SXSW2014, and has played several Songs From A Room (Sofar Sounds) shows. His second home studio CD, Human Nature, released October 2014.
He won 1st place at WorkPlay Theater's Singer-Songwriter Series 2 competition in 2014, the Emerging Talent Showcase at Blast on the Bay 2015, and Moonlight on the Mountain's Winter 2016 Open Mic Contest. A digital-only EP, Estrangement, was released in February, 2016.
Edward has performed with many artists, including Von Grey, Bobby Long, Northern National, Jessica Meuse, Shannon LaBrie, Dylan Taylor, Sam Bradley, Surviving Allison, Marcus Foster, King Bee, The Kalob Griffin Band, and Hope Cassity.
He is a member of the Montgomery Area Musicians Association (MAMA).