Featured Artist: Philippa Hanna
So who is this new Integrity Music Artist - Philippa Hanna?
In 2011 Philippa Hanna was voted 'Best British Artist' at the annual LTTM Awards and since then she has gone from strength to strength. 2012 will be known as the year Philippa supported soul legend Lionel Richie on his massive UK arena tour, and that year she released her long awaited new album 'Through The Woods'.
Philippa released her critically acclaimed debut album 'Watching Me' in 2007, following by second album 'Taste' in 2009, making her a household name in UK Christian music.
Philippa's first DVD release, titled 'Live At The Lantern', came in 2012. Philippa was joined by banjo, mandolin, harmonica and ukelele bass over 3 nights at one of the UK's most delicate Victorian theatres to film it.
"The DVD offers fans the opportunity to enjoy her faultless vocals with new arrangements of her most popular material as well as bonus features such as her music video for 'I Am Amazing', which has rapidly become the artist's most viewed video on YouTube" explains Resound Media
Philippa Hanna is an acclaimed British singer-songwriter currently splitting her time between Sheffield, Nashville and a hectic international touring schedule.
Since her first public performance with an acoustic guitar in 2007, Philippa has released five albums, a live DVD and has had two autobiographical books published. Having notched up over one thousand live performances in twenty-five countries over the past decade, she has demonstrated what can be achieved by independent artist with a little help from her fans.
As well as becoming a leading light in the Christian & Gospel scene in Europe, the Barnsley-born singer has been invited to open tours for household names including Lionel Richie, Little Mix, Leona Lewis, Wet Wet Wet and Anastacia, highlighting the broadness of her appeal. Having gained on-going support from the BBC (Songs of Praise, BBC Introducing, BBC Radio 2), MEGS funding from the DiT/BPI and over £'85,000 through crowdfunding, Philippa Hanna is growing into a widely recognised and respected brand internationally.
Born into a musical family, Philippa knew from an early age that that making music was all she wanted to do and has successfully followed in the footsteps of cousins Richard & Danny McNamara (Embrace) and brother Stuart Zender (Jamiroquai) in carving out her own path in the world of entertainment. Her music frequently draws upon her experiences of a turbulent youth, and the Christian faith she found in 2004. Through songs including I Am Amazing, Arrow and Raggedy Doll she champions self-esteem in young people whilst simultaneously raising awareness for the work of children's charity Compassion UK for which she's recruited over 1,000 sponsors at live events.
After an independent music career spanning over 17 years, Philippa Hanna has now signed her first official recording contract with Integrity Music. The deal was agreed in the first days of 2020 and will commence later this month with the recording of her first ever worship project. Steve Harding (A&R Manager) says, "We at Integrity are delighted to be partnering with Philippa - a gifted writer, worship leader and story teller. Phillippa's songs will call to people, both inside and outside the church, and draw the focus again to Jesus at the centre of our beautiful gospel."