Welsh singer-songwriter Hannah Grace has been wowing listeners from across the globe with her vibrantly unique musical creativity & passionate vocal talent & has recently released the highly-anticipated debut album ‘Remedy’.
Hannah has kindly taken the time to speak with Fierce & Fabulous Revolution about her recent release. You can find out what Hannah had to say below!
Hey Hannah, thank you for taking the time today. Can you start by telling the readers a little bit about yourself?
Hannah: I’m a singer-songwriter from South Wales now living in London. I’ve been singing and writing songs nearly my whole life and I can’t believe I’ve just released my debut album!
When did you first discover your passion for music & knew that it was a career that you wanted to pursue?
Hannah: I grew up in a very musical household, there was always music on and my Dad always encouraged me to sing and write. I used to listen to my favourite singers and bands constantly in my bedroom and I remember wanting to pursue it as a career from such a young age. At every opportunity I chose music, throughout school and music college, and I gigged as a teenager in pubs and festivals. I could never imagine doing anything else. I’m so lucky that I’m now able to do it full time.
How would you describe your musical style to someone unfamiliar with your music?
Hannah: I’ve been inspired by lots of different music over the years, from Eva Cassidy, Carole King, Joni Mitchell to Fleetwood Mac and The Beatles as well as jazz singers like Ella Fitzgerald and more recently Lianne La Havas and Emily King so I would say my music is a huge mixture of everything. Kind of Soul, Jazz Folk.
You recently released your debut album ‘Remedy’. How did the idea to create the album first come together?
Hannah: Releasing an album has always been a goal for me. I’ve always wanted to create a body of work that reflects something real. Remedy is all about the last three years of my life. The songs have come from the happiest and the saddest times in my life and the process of making it became my own homemade Remedy. I’m so happy it’s out in the world!
What are some of the influences behind the songs featured on this album?
Hannah: So much influenced this album. Singers like Eva Cassidy, Aretha Franklin, Florence and The Machine, Hozier, Joni Mitchell, Paulo Nutini – to name a few. It’s been inspired by all of the music and songwriters that I’ve listened to in my life. For the songs on the album I wanted to put my own stories and experiences into words and into songs so that it really felt like part of me. All the songs are influenced by what’s really going on in my life.
How did your family & friends react to this latest release?
Hannah: My family are so proud. They have watched me for years as I’ve pursued music and written songs and played shows and this album feels like a huge milestone that I’ve been working towards for a lifetime. They love the record and they really are my biggest fans.
I’m so lucky to have such a close supportive community of friends, lots of which were a huge part in making this record. I have written a number of songs on the album with my good friends Jessica Sharman and Martin Luke Brown. And my good friend Gabrielle Aplin has been like a mentor to me – I am so grateful to her for signing me to her label. Creating this record has been a huge team effort from a community I feel very lucky to be a part of.
What are some of your favourite songs to feature on the album?
Hannah: I love the opening and closing tracks of the record – Healing Hands and Live Like Love. I’m so proud of everything about these songs, the lyrics, the melody and how they sound. They both sum up Remedy as a whole to me and reflect the healing process this album became.
What does this album personally mean to you?
Hannah: It means so much! And I know it always will. It is a reflection of a really significant time for me. Growing up and figuring out life in my twenties, falling in and out of love and finding an inner strength I never knew I had. It feels good to have something to show for the last three years.
If listeners could take anything away from this album, what would you like it to be?
Hannah: That time is a healer, and you’re probably much stronger than you think you are.
Are there any tracks that did not make the final tracklist that we could see being released in the near future?
Hannah: It was so hard choosing the final tracklist for the album, but I feel like the final tracks all have their own place on the record. There are so many songs I’ve written that I love that aren’t yet out in the world and I hope some of them will make it out when the time is right.
What advice would you offer someone who was looking to pursue a career within the music industry?
Hannah: Pursue music because you love music, and create for the joy of creating. Sometimes the reasons for doing it can get blurred and it can become all about numbers and stats. This can be soul destroying. But if you’re always doing something you love and something that feels fulfilling it’s hard to feel like a failure.
Finally, is there a message that you would like to share with the readers of Fierce & Fabulous Revolution?
Hannah: Don’t worry about what other people think – life is too short. (p.s Listen to Remedy! I hope you love it!)
You can check out ‘Remedy’ on Spotify below.