Philippa Hanna (born 29 March 1984) is a British singer-songwriter from Sheffield, England. She has worked in a variety of musical styles, but is most associated with the contemporary Christian music genre.
Philippa Hanna was brought up in a musical family: Her father Pat Hanna was a touring performer, and family members include brother Stuart Zender, formerly of Jamiroquai. Her songwriting is strongly influenced by her Christian faith: Her faith journey started in 2004, and the majority of her lyrical content since has had strong religious themes.
Hanna's debut album, Watching Me was released in 2007, prompting comparisons with Lou Fellingham and Phatfish. This was followed by Taste in 2009. Both records were produced in Sheffield by Andy Baker, director of Resound Media.
In addition to her own recording, she works as a songwriter with producer Eliot Kennedy. As part of his team, she has provided songwriting for Janet Devlin and Craig Colton, both finalists from the UK X-Factor series 8. Kennedy also produced Hanna's EP Out of the Blue in 2011. The record was noted for having stronger folk and country influences than her previous releases.
Hanna has appeared at a number of notable Christian festivals, including the New Wine conference, the Big Church Day Out Festival, and the Flevo Festival in the Netherlands. In October 2012, she was announced as the support act for American soul singer Lionel Richie on the UK leg of his Tuskegee Tour. She performed at 11 UK dates with him from October to December that year.
She began work on a new album with Kennedy and his team in late 2012. The album was, in part, funded by a campaign on crowd-funding website Kickstarter that raised over £14,000. The resulting album, "Through the Woods" was released on 6 July 2013, subsequently reaching number 2 on the Official Christian & Gospel Albums Chart.
In October 2013 she was again announced as a touring support, as opening act to Wet Wet Wet on their greatest hits tour, the second support act to be announced after boyband Blue She continued to be booked as a touring support by opening for Rebecca Ferguson: Initially on the singer's UK tour in March 2014 and subsequently playing at two events organised by the Forestry Commission.
In 2015, Philippa is supporting Britain's Got Talent 2014 winners Collabro featuring Lucy Kay with their 31-date UK tour.
Philippa Hanna has appeared twice on the BBC programme Songs of Praise: On 2 January 2011 performing "Father" and on 6 January 2013 performing "Lighthouse".
Hanna is actively involved in charitable work. She is an advocate for Compassion International, visiting Haiti with the organisation in the aftermath of the 2009 earthquake. She subsequently released the single Ave to Love, donating all proceeds to Compassion's work in the country.
She has written one book, More, published in April 2009 by Authentic Media. This book is primarily autobiographical, and deals with her experiences in becoming a Christian, tied in loosely to themes covered in her songs. Christian publishers Authentic Media signed Hanna in 2012, gaining the rights to publish her second book. Released in July 2013, "Following the Breadcrumbs" also followed an autobiographical style.
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