Philippa Hanna

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Philippa Hanna
Born(1984-03-29) 29 March 1984 (age 30)[1]
OriginSheffield, England
GenresCCM, Americana
Years active2006–present
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Philippa Hanna
Born(1984-03-29) 29 March 1984 (age 30)[1]
OriginSheffield, England
GenresCCM, Americana
Years active2006–present

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.[2] Her songwriting is strongly influenced by her Christian faith: Her faith journey started in 2004,[3] 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.[4] This was followed by Taste in 2009. Both records were produced in Sheffield by Andy Baker, director of Resound Media.[5]

In addition to her own recording, she works as a songwriter with producer Eliot Kennedy.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9] The album was, in part, funded by a campaign on crowd-funding website Kickstarter that raised over £14,000.[10] The resulting album, "Through the Woods" was released on 6 July 2013, subsequently reaching number 2 on the Official Christian & Gospel Albums Chart.[11]

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[12] She continued to be booked as a touring support by opening for Rebecca Ferguson: Initially on the singer's UK tour in March 2014[13] and subsequently playing at two events organised by the Forestry Commission.[14]

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".

Other work[edit]

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.[15] She subsequently released the single Ave to Love, donating all proceeds to Compassion's work in the country.[16]

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.[17] Christian publishers Authentic Media signed Hanna in 2012, gaining the rights to publish her second book.[18] Released in July 2013, "Following the Breadcrumbs" also followed an autobiographical style.[19]


Studio albums[edit]

YearAlbum details
2007Watching Me
  • Released: 23 December 2007
  • Label: Resound Media
  • Released: 26 June 2009
  • Label: Resound Media
2013Through the Woods
  • Released: 1 July 2013
  • Label: Resound Media


YearEP details
2011Out of the Blue
  • Released: October 2011
  • Label: Resound Media


YearVideo details
2011Live at the Lantern
  • Released: 1 April 2012
  • Label: Resound Media



  1. ^ Philippa Hanna (28 March 2011). "Things to accomplish before your 30 - suggestions please!". Retrieved 2 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Philippa Hanna: The Sheffield songbird determined to glorify God - Philippa Hanna". 13 May 2008. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Philippa Hanna: Sheffield singer talks about her new album | Try Sheffield". Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Review: Watching Me (independent version) - Philippa Hanna". Cross Rhythms. 29 September 2007. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "About". Resound Media. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "The Team". Steelworks Studios. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "News - Philippa Hanna Set To Release Mini Album 'Out Of The Blue'". Louder Than The Music. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "Philippa Hanna joins Lionel Richie UK tour dates". 9 October 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "'Through The Woods' The New Album From Philippa Hanna". Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "VIDEO: Philippa fans pledge £14k for Sheffield album". The Star. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "2013-07-13 Top 40 Official Christian & Gospel Albums Chart Archive". Official Charts. 13 July 2013. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  12. ^ "Phillipa Hannah to join Wet Wet Wet Greatest Hits Tour Line Up - Wet Wet Wet". 18 October 2013. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "News - Philippa Hanna To Support X Factor's Rebecca Ferguson On UK Tour". Louder Than The Music. Retrieved 12 June 2014. 
  14. ^ "Rebecca Ferguson - Forest Live 2014 - Forestry Commission". Retrieved 12 June 2014. 
  15. ^ "Christian Child Sponsorship". Compassion UK. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  16. ^ "A song for Haiti". Sheffield Telegraph. 11 March 2010. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  17. ^ Philippa Hanna, More, 2009, ISBN 1-8602-4755-5
  18. ^ "Philippa Hanna signs with Authentic ahead of Lionel Richie tour | Christian News on Christian Today". 22 October 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  19. ^ "Following The Breadcrumbs - Philippa Hanna - Authentic Media: Product Details". Authentic Media. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 

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