Hannah Richardson is a 15-year-old singer/songwriter who discovered her passion for performing at the age of five years old.
Described as ‘the girl with sparkle’, Hannah’s worked hard to make her light shine bright – she has performed more than 450 times, has released three full albums and is the face of Gomee Girl.
Hannah loves working to achieve her dreams, and inspiring others as she sparkles. She put her microphone down to answer a few of our questions.
When did you begin singing?
I started singing as soon as I could talk! When I was six years old, I joined the church choir, which ignited a passion for being in front of people. One Easter Sunday, I sang a solo in church which was heard by the Director of a local theater restaurant. Amazingly, that one solo led to me performing in 150 shows with that company.
How were you “discovered”?
I’m still waiting for my big break! Being “discovered” is often the term people in the industry use to describe hitting the bit time. The truth is, these things almost never happen overnight. It takes years of being told no to get that yes that will change your life.
I’ve been dreaming of a career in music since I was six years old, and many opportunities have come about by me simply being brave enough to pick up the phone and calling people who may be helpful in making that dream become a reality. All I can do is count my blessings and thank God for looking out for me.
How old were you when you first performed in front of an audience?
Goodness, I was tiny! Probably five or six years old and in the choir!
Do you get nervous before going on stage?
Oh gosh. I shake super, SUPER badly before I sing! I’ve performed more than 450 times, and I still freak out every single time! Once I’m onstage though, all my nerves disappear. The shaking stops, the nerves stop, and the music takes me to a different place…I can’t really describe it, but the nerves are part of why I sing. Everyone needs a release, or a time when they can 100% be themselves. Maybe I get nervous because I have to become so open and vulnerable that people are actually seeing the real me.
Do you write your own songs?
Yes! My biggest passion is singing, song writing and recording music. On July 7th, 2016 I released my third full-length album entitled “Roots”. This album is filled with songs that I entirely wrote both the lyrics and music for. The songs were inspired from various components in my life, such as movies like Peter Pan and Almost Famous, as well as crazy relationships I have at high school…prepare to learn all about me!
Life! When people ask where I get my inspiration from, I just say “Hannah’s Life”. Everything from TV shows, to celebrities, to crushes, to just being a teenager inspires what I write about.
Some of it comes from completely out of the blue, and some of it just builds until it finally explodes into song.Where do you get ideas/inspiration from for your songs?
How would you describe your musical style?
I would call my sound pop-country with a little bit of an edge. I’ve also called it a chocolate-covered pretzel; sweet and salty at the same time!
If you could collaborate with anyone in the industry, who would it be?
Gosh, there are so many talented people. However, it would have to be Meghan Trainor. If you haven’t heard some of Meghan’s country/pop styles, check them out! Although she rocks a 50s retro vibe on her albums, she can still jam out to the guitar and create some rocking dobro sounds…so incredible!
You recently partnered with Gomee Girl. Can you tell us more about that?
Absolutely! I got in contact with Gomee Girl the same way all my other opportunities come about: emailing! I adore their products, as well as their inspiring message for young girls. I submitted an email with some suggestions of how we could work together. I received a reply from the head of the company, letting me know that she was interested in speaking with me.
We shared short and long-term goals, and decided I would become the face of Gomee Girl! Some of my duties are sharing Gomee Girl’s patches in my videos and social media sites; designing a signature product which is still a work in progress; answering questions that girls have about life, music, and so on; creating inspiring music for their website; and, most importantly, being a role model that young girls can look up to.
Which of your songs is your favorite?
That’s such a hard question, but I suppose it has to be Roots. Roots is a song I wrote because I wanted something with more rock and Americana influences. The song’s lyrics also encompass a lot of my feelings about my life so far, and what I hope my future holds. It’s truly an emotional ride, and something that I hope everyone can connect with.
What’s the most exciting thing that has happened in your music career so far?
I couldn’t possibly choose one, so I’ll go with one of my most recent fangirl moments. I had the honor of performing at the legendary Durango Songwriters Expo in Colorado, and sang one of my original songs, “Get Me Some Zzzs”. About three days later, this girl, (who by the way had an AMAZING song and incredible voice), came up to me and said that she couldn’t stop singing the song. At first I thought she was being nice, but changed my mind when her friends came up and said how it had been driving them crazy…her friends were industry professionals at Universal Records! It was one of those surreal moments…so amazing!
When you are not singing, what do you like to do in your free time?
Usually, I’m watching classic movies, video editing, or being head head-over-heels obsessed with some incredible show. Right now it’s Game of Thrones and Stranger Things!
Shannon is the mom of a tween and a teen in North Carolina and the founder of CALZICO versatile clothing for tweens. Sign up for product updates and tweenhood tidbits, and receive the Ultimate Travel Packing Checklist for Tweens.