Hannah Grace has become a popular name on the music scene since her breakthrough several years ago. Her music is very intricate and delicate in its nature, showcasing not only her exceptional vocals, but also her phenomenal musical abilities. Her debut album 'Remedy' was released back in 2020 and received an incredible response, setting the precedent for future releases. In the intervening period, she has released a number of singles, including 'Everywhere,' 'At 28' and most recently, 'Focus On The Good.' To date, her music has racked up over fifty million streams. With a new EP set for release later this year, there is no stopping Hannah Grace's success.
When speaking about 'Focus On The Good,' she shared:
"I wrote this song about choosing to believe that, overall, people are inherently good and goodness can break through now and again if we let it."
The Lowdown recently caught up with Hannah Grace to talk about her new music, what can be expected from her eagerly anticipated new EP, her plans for this year and much more. Keep reading to check out what she had to say!
You have recently released your new single, titled 'Focus On The Good.' What has it been like for you to get new music out there?
"Thank you so much! I am so excited to be releasing music again. New music has been such a long time coming for me. I am so grateful to be working with such an amazing team at Frictionless Music, who believe in me and my music. I'm so looking forward to new songs being out in the world and playing live shows again after so long."
What can you tell us about your eagerly anticipated new EP?
"I love these songs so much. They're written about optimism and choosing to be hopeful. I'm excited for people to hear them, because I think it's some of the best music I've ever made. I definitely feel like it's completely true to me. I've been lucky enough to have complete creative control over the whole project."
Your previous single, 'At 28,' was very stripped back in nature and very nostalgic and raw. Was this something you were aware of when you were putting the track together?
"Absolutely! 'At 28' is one of the most honest songs I've ever written. It made sense to me that the production was super simple and stripped back, so it could all be about the lyrics. It's always daunting when a track is this bare, because everything is so exposed, but I'm glad I recorded it this way."
Your music has amassed over fifty million streams to date. Do you feel an element of pressure when it comes to music releases now, since your other releases have been so successful?
"Definitely. There's always an element of pressure. However, I think I'm quite practiced now in defining what success is for me. Of course, I am so grateful for success in streaming, and sometimes the numbers can't be ignored, but I also feel success from a project when I've enjoyed creating the music and feel like the songs are meaningful to me. Sometimes, I get messages from people saying songs have changed their life or brought them joy and they aren't my 'most streamed song,' so I think it's good to have a bigger picture perspective. Otherwise, you can just get lost in a numbers game and never feel fulfilled."
You have also supported artists such as Gabrielle Aplin, Jess Glynne and Barbara Streisand. What was that like for you?
"Gabrielle is one of my closest friends and has always celebrated me and my music throughout her career, with collaborations, support slots and releasing my first music on her label. I am so grateful for all of her support and it's been invaluable to me to work so closely with someone that doesn't encourage the idea of artists being in constant competition, but rather that there's room for all of the music and all of the people and we can support and help each other. Supporting Jess Glynne and Barbara Streisand was a dream. Both of their shows were so inspiring. I was so grateful to be asked to open for them!"
Going back to your roots, has music always been something that you have wanted to be involved in?
"I never really want to do anything else. I grew up surrounded by music. I've been gigging since I was a teenager and writing songs for as long as I can remember. Every chance I got, I chose music. I'm just so glad it's been possible to make it my career."
Aside from the EP, what else does this year have in store for you that you can tell us about?
"I can't wait to play live shows! I'm playing a show in London (St Matthias' Church on Wednesday 26 April) and my EP launch is in Cardiff this July. Playing live is my favourite thing. I can't wait for people to hear the new songs live. I'm also planning a UK tour this November, so I can't wait for that! Other than that, I'm starting to write for my second album, so it's all happening. I couldn't be more excited for what's to come."
If you were to sum up your sound in a couple of words, what would they be?
"Warm, folky soul."
Who would you say are your musical influences?
"My earliest inspiration was Eva Cassidy - I could listen to her voice all day. I also love Carole King, Aretha Franklin and Stevie Nicks, to name a few. Their artistry and song-writing is incomparable. I feel like their music also shares their character as people. I find that so inspiring!"
Finally, do you have a message for all those who support you?
"Thank you for being here! I'm so grateful for all of the support. I can't wait to share my new music with you. There's so much more to come!"
Hannah Grace's new single, titled 'Focus On The Good,' is out now and is available to purchase and stream by clicking here.
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Words and Interview: By Rachel Dempster