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Burn Halo Biography

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Birth Place: Los Angeles, CA
Years Active: 2007-present
Genres: Hard Rock, Heavy Metal

Burn Halo is a hard rock band, originating from Orange County, California and Tulsa, Oklahoma. It was formed by James Hart, former lead singer of Orange County metalcore band Eighteen Visions. Hart spent nearly a decade recording and touring as the frontman of Eighteen Visions. After their breakup in early 2007, he landed a label deal with Island/Def Jam and began working almost immediately with songwriter Zac Maloy on what would become Burn Halo's self-titled debut.

Hart recorded the album between October and November 2007 with Maloy as producer, laying down the tracks with studio musicians, including Nickelback drummer Daniel Adair, former Jane's Addiction bassist Chris Chaney and guitarist Neil Tiemann who now tours with American Idol winner David Cook. Two singles were released from the album, “Save Me,” and “Dirty Little Girl,” which featured Avenged Sevenfold guitarist Synyster Gates.

After the album was completed, in early 2008, Island elected not to release Burn Halo's first album. Burn Halo’s manager Bret Bair then formed his own label Rawkhead Rekords through Warner Music Group to release the record. The self-titled album was finally released in March 2009.

Their second full-length album, “Up from the Ashes,” was released in June 2011. This is the band's first effort written and recorded as a band, as their previous album was all written by Hart with outside writers, and recoded by Hart with session musicians. It featured the singles, “Tear It Down” and “Dakota.”