Flashback Friday: Ghost of Music’s Past – Janis Joplin and Beth Hart

(From Left to Right): Janis Joplin, Beth Hart

“I’m one of those regular weird people”.

– Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin will live forever. Immortalized as the Queen of Rock, or the first female superstar, Janis Joplin’s spirit pleasantly haunts rock’n roll’s psyche eternally and honestly.


She’ll live in our hearts, souls, and ears as a woman whose vocal and personal strength shifted mountain ranges and changed the course of musical history forever…and for the better.

Her rough intensity and style is unmatched and recognizable by those even unfamiliar with the specific musical inclinations of her generation.


A psychedelic seamstress of folk and blues, Joplin perfectly personified the strides and desires of a generation and provided the soundtrack to a cultural revolution of love.

Sometimes you’re in the process of listening to something and suddenly you feel a certain ghostly allure from the past.

Meet, Beth Hart. She’s one of the most gifted singer-songwriters around today and happens to channel the infamous Janis Joplin.

Born and raised in Los Angeles,  Beth Hart’s voice and energy contain the uplifting power to shatter the earth instantly. With revolutionary albums like “Leave the Light On” released in 2004 and “Live at Paradiso” released in 2005, Hart has continued to make music with the same purity and unrefined skill as when she first started making music.

She’s raw. She’s real. And she’s providing our generation with a hopeful expulsion of musical gold, just like Janis Joplin did. But by no means, however, is Beth Hart to be taken as a mere contemporary Janis Joplin. Hart’s passion and acute edginess in songwriting and singing is unmatched in today’s culture and is truly unique.

This being said, their comparison goes way beyond a common use of lyrical passion or vocal extremity, but moreover manifests on a subliminal level.

These two women are true artists who have embodied, consumed, and redefined the whole concept of metaphysical musicianship in every breath.

They contain a charisma found in few and a fortitude found in nearly none. They’re artists who change lives and will continue to change lives far beyond the limits of space and time…far after they’re done creating music. It’s a beautiful thing to be touched by the ghost of Janis’ past and to be blessed by the power of Hart’s present.

Listen to Beth Hart sing  “A Change Is Gonna Come” below: