Ex-Tonic Singer Gets Personal

Former Tonic singer Emerson Hart opened up to CNN’s Shanon Cook about his debut solo album ‘Cigarettes And Gasoline’. Watch the report below.

Hart’s Tonic: Getting Honest And Personal

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On Tonic’s Grammy nominated hit, ‘Take Me as I Am,’ frontman Emerson Hart sings, “I never knew my father/I never knew his pain.” Asked about his father, Hart tells this story to Rafer Guzman of New York Newsday: “My father was killed when I was very young. He was murdered, and we never found his body.” Police one day discovered his father’s apartment in Washington, Pa., ransacked and his car keys on the sidewalk, Hart says. “It was a very heavy thing for a 10-year-old. So, I never really got to know him. I just have little memories. He actually wasn’t such a nice guy, and he was also a paranoid schizophrenic and a manic-depressive.” Newsday.com has since removed the article.

Tonic’s Grammy Nods Were ‘A Complete Surprise’

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Tonic singer Emerson Hart was as stunned as anyone by the group’s Grammy nominations. “It was a complete surprise. It was not expected,” Hart says, noting that the group had not been nominated for their two previous million-selling CDs, ‘Lemon Parade’ and ‘Sugar.’ “But it kind of re-instilled in me a belief in how the Grammys work, that it’s really about the songs and it’s about how people listen to music and think ‘Wow, that’s a great vocal performance’ or ‘Wow, top to bottom, that’s a really solid record.’ I think that’s really important.” Detnews.com has since removed the article.

On TV: Tonic, Papa Roach, The Coral

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Rock acts on talk television this week include Tonic on the Caroline Rhea Show on Monday. Also on Monday, Foo Fighters perform on the Late Show with David Letterman, while across the dial, Good Charlotte perform on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Tuesday, Tonic again will perform on Last Call with Carson Daly, and Papa Roach performs on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Friday, the Coral appear on Conan, while The Walkmen perform on Last Call.

Tonic Frontman Says New Album Is The Most Personal

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Rolling Stone spoke with Tonic frontman Emerson Hart before the group releases ‘Head on Straight’, their first album in three years, on September 24th. “This is definitely the most personal and focused album we’ve ever made,” Hart says. “I took a lot of time writing the lyrics. It’s a real album, and a lot deeper lyrically than a lot of music out there today.”

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