Back in May, I saw Anastacia in concert; but what also caught my eye was the support act, Philipa Hanna. The lady with a huge voice…I bought her album, and have played it too many times to count since. Here, I spoke to her about her career. Thank to Tom Price and Ian Griffiths also for your help!
Hello Philippa, and thank you for agreeing to this interview. Growing up, how did you become interested in music?
My dad was a singer and often dragged me up to sing on stage with him. I don’t remember a time where I didn’t feel somehow ‘called’ to do it. I started writing songs when I was about nine.
What was the first record you bought?
This is quite embarrassing, but it was a Salt & Pepper album. My dad threatened to throw it on the fire when he heard it! Very edgy rap.
How does your faith influence your music?
My faith is the centre of my world and everything else flows out of it. If I’m struggling it’s my faith I lean on. If I’m celebrating it’s God I thank. Because my life before Jesus made no sense to me, so now I rely on him fully to face the world and every task in front of me.
“Phone, purse, laptop, Body spray, hairbrush, dry shampoo, concealer, lip gloss and lots of other random things. Usually a stray Unicorn someone has given me as a gift!”
-Philipa Hanna on her handbag essentials, Mademoiselle Interview.
Your new album, Speed Of Light, is a complete stunner; how did you come to create it?
Thanks so much! I went out to America to pursue some industry opportunities and I wound up meeting Kyle the producer of the album. We connected and I LOVED his take on what I could sound like and the type of artist I could be. That’s the beauty of a great Producer, they actually become like a mentor. They pull out the best from you and edit some of the stuff that needs to go…
Was any specific event of inspiration?
I used my journey to America to inspire a lot of the songs. In so many ways the process wasn’t what I hoped for – lots of things didn’t happen that I thought would happen. But in other ways it was more than I could have asked. I think that’s true of our lives all the time. We face disappointment and its easy to get angry with God. But in hindsight we see that He had our best interests in mind.
What did you think about supporting Anastacia?
She was fab! And the shows were amazing. We had a really great time and made lots of new fans!
For a day at the office, what could we find in your handbag?
Phone, purse, laptop, Body spray, hairbrush, dry shampoo, concealer, lip gloss and lots of other random things. Usually a stray Unicorn someone has given me as a gift!
“I went out to America to pursue some industry opportunities and I wound up meeting Kyle the producer of the album. We connected and I LOVED his take on what I could sound like and the type of artist I could be.”
-Philipa Hanna on her album, Speed Of Light, Mademoiselle Interview.
For aspiring singers, so you have any advice?
Invest into developing your skills, work hard and above all KNOW yourself, and BE yourself.