Vermont Arts Council

The People’s Choice Award: Steve Hartmann

84: Steve Hartmann

Create a music album about inclusion, engagement, bravery, and gratitude

Steve was born in Da Lat Vietnam, during the Vietnam War. He was transported to the US by way of Operation Baby Lift. Adopted at 5 months old, and raised outside Philadelphia. He started playing classical piano at age 12 and playing guitar at age 15. After attending Berkeley College of Music, Steve moved to Colchester where he went right to work winning the Advance Music Singer-Songwriter contest. Since then, Steve had a son, shared the stage with various national touring acts at places like the House of Blues, The World Cafe, Charles Playhouse, Higher Ground, and Battery Park, won the 2015 VT Original Music Competition, released his first solo studio album called “Waking Up the Echoes” in 2012, books talent for 2 of New England’s largest festivals, and continues to grow his musical community through his love of playing and writing. Steve speaks to the hope we can find in the people we meet along the way… Hope for us all that we can still dream and achieve together.

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