Corey Hart. Photo courtesy of Minneapolis Photographer John Wagner Photography.

Corey Hart to be inducted into Hall of Fame

Montreal-born singer-songwriter Corey Hart will be officially inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at the 2019 Juno Awards in London this March.

As part of the induction, Hart will perform live on television for the first time in over two decades.

“I am deeply humbled by this invitation into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame,” said Hart in a statement. “It’s an incredible honour to be acknowledged alongside so many other talented and venerable Canadian artists… It’s even more symbolic to receive this recognition as I release my first collection of new studio music and prepare to embark on my first national Canadian tour in over 20 years – these are indeed …very exciting times for me.”

Hart began singing at age 11, performing alongside Tom Jones and Paul Anka. His career took off in 1981 when the then 18-year-old Hart caught the attention of Billy Joel’s saxophone player and began playing gigs with the group. He released his debut album First Offence two years later, which included the hit song “Sunglasses at Night.” The music video for that iconic single won the first-ever JUNO Award for Best Video in 1984. A year later Hart’s “Never Surrender” from his sophomore album, Boy In The Box, took home the Juno Award for single of the year.

Hart has sold over 16-million albums worldwide and had nine consecutive singles on the U.S. Billboard top 40.

Although Hart took a hiatus from recording and touring in 1999, he went on write and produce several songs for Céline Dion. He made his performance comeback in 2014 with the launch of his autobiography Chasing The Sun and a show in his hometown featuring three decades of his music.

On Wednesday, Hart released the first single from his latest album Dreaming Time Again. He will set out on a national tour beginning in St. John’s on May 31.

“We are proud to welcome Corey into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame,” said Allan Reid, President & CEO, CARAS, The JUNO Awards, MusiCounts. “He was one of the biggest Canadian success stories of the eighties and nineties and even though he stepped back from the spotlight, he remained active in writing and producing for other artists. We look forward to celebrating him at The 2019 JUNO Awards in London.”

The Canadian Music Hall of Fame was established in 1978. Previous inductees include Anne Murray, Joni Mitchell, k.d. lang, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Oscar Peterson, RUSH, The Guess Who, The Tragically Hip, and Shania Twain.

The 48th annual Juno Awards will be held at Budweiser Gardens on March 17.