In today’s music, it is VERY rare to find someone under the age of 21 with raw and real talent. That’s why I think we’ve struck GOLD with the discovery of up-and-comer Hannah Gill.
If you haven’t heard Hannah’s unique voice, it has a bit of a Florence Welch sound to it, but with her own pureness.
Hannah took some time to answer a few of our questions!
Stage Right Secrets: How do you balance your normal teenage life with writing and recording your music?
Hannah Gill: It’s all about time management. Every now and then it can get overwhelming especially around finals week. But most of the time it is pretty manageable, I just have to know what my priorities.
SRS: When did you know you wanted to make this your profession?
HG: I have always loved singing and performing, of course every little girl grows up wanting to be a singer. I was about 14 when I decided I was serious about making this my profession. It was really hard to get out into the music world, so when I got the opportunity to record a few summers ago I know that was my chance to get ahead. And I had to take that chance.
SRS: Musically and lyrically, where do your influences stem from?
HG: I have a bunch of lyrical influences, everyone loves a good song with a catchy melody. But there is something extremely attractive about an artist who has the ability to really put a beautiful piece of poetry to music. Good lyrics are extremely fascinating to me.
SRS: Once you’ve completed a song, who is the first person you share it with?
HG: I normally send my song off to my three dear friends up in New York, Brad, Kathryn, and Reed. They all have so much knowledge when it comes to writing and producing music so their opinions really mean a lot to me.
SRS: So far, what would you say is your biggest accomplishment?
HG: I would have to say the “I Feel Awake” music video. I never thought that I would have the opportunity to professionally record an album, let alone create a big production music video as well!!
SRS: What is on your agenda for 2015?
HG: Graduate high school and hopefully go to a college near New York City. I feel like that’s where I belong. On the music front we are hoping to travel and tour more once I have graduated in May, then the opportunities are endless!
SRS: Do you watch any TV shows religiously, and if so what are they?
HG: I am a huge American Horror Story fan; I even have one of their t-shirts! I am a big TV fan actually… there isn’t music to do in Easton Maryland. A few of my favorites are Gotham, House MD, The Following, and Sherlock (UK Version)
SRS: What was the first CD you ever bought?
HG: The White Album by The Beatles, I remember hearing their music on the radio and I couldn’t get enough of it. My dad took me to the store the next day and I bought the first Beatles album I could find. I listened to those CDs so much I practically wore them out!
SRS: What are the top three things you want to accomplish before you turn 25?
HG: I would like to still be performing; that’s an obvious one. Hopefully I will be in a place financially that I can still do what I love and pay rent at the same time! And I hope to just be happy with what I am doing, I have met a lot of people who aren’t happy with where they are and I don’t want that to be me.
SRS: Do you have any advice for teens around your age who want to break into the industry?
HG: KEEP PERFORMING! The more you go out and perform the more people you will expose yourself to. I’ve had crowds of 5 people to crowds of 300! Each show is different; just know that each time you perform you are getting one step closer to your dream.