Singer songwriter Hanna Grace is set to release her much anticipated debut album Concrete & Roses on August 1. With just the right balance of rhythm and seduction, this Pop-Jazzy-Rock'n'Roll, Adele-meets-Amy Winehouse mash-up coincides with the release of her third single 'Silver Venus'. 'Silver Venus' is a fantastic example of the album's theme as the soulful lyrics explore the dark and lighter shades of life.
Born in Auckland in 1986, Hanna spent much of her childhood between Auckland and the Kapiti coast. After college Hanna found a new outlet for her creativity putting all her attention into a bachelor of Art and Design degree at the Auckland University of Technology.
Music has always been a huge part of Hanna's life but it wasn't until she teamed up with Singer/Songwriter Phil Stoodley that it became a prominent fixture. It was her partnership with Phil that enabled her to write and record her first song 'Nothing At All'. This piece of music was just the beginning of what has turned into a promising musical career.
Hanna has always had strong personal influences in her life. From her father's love of the 50's and 60's, to the free-spirited creativity fueled by time spent with her Mother and Grandmother, the inspired and inventive support Hanna received has nurtured her creativity in many ways. Along with being a talented Singer/Songwriter, Hanna is also a Painter, Photographer, Author, Art Director and Poet.
Hanna's music is not measured by any scripted strategy or game plan. She is a true artist in every sense of the word and draws her inspiration from real life experiences. Her bold, soulful voice very much suits her striped back approach to music. "My music allows me to speak without restriction, it's definitely not censored and it comes from whatever feelings I possess at the time," says Hanna. "My lyrics and melodies come to me through subconscious thought and often happen when I least expect it. My second single 'Hush Now' is a perfect example of this. I was actually having an argument with someone at the time when the melody hit me, so I grabbed a bottle of wine, called Phil and away we went."
Concrete & Roses has taken some time to mature. "Its quite an eclectic album really," Hanna continues. "Partly because it was not conceived overnight, but also because it comes from a deep sense of personal growth. It really shows my journey over the last few years and how I have matured as a person and as a songwriter."
Although this self-funded debut album was produced in a small studio in Phil Stoodley's livingroom, it is a tribute to their professionalism, passion, and kiwi ingenuity that this album has all the hallmarks of a major production.
TO HEAR HANNA'S MUSIC GO TO HANNAGRACEMUSIC.COM
Hanna Grace (vocals)
Phil Stoodley (guitar, keyboards)
Andy Keys (keyboards)
Justin Bird (piano)
Finn Scholes (trumpet)
Brendon Packard (trumpet)
|REVIEW: Concrete & Roses Album Review
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|22 Aug 2011|
|INTERVIEW: Hanna Grace Newsletter Interview
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|12 Jul 2011|
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