We caught up with singer Hannah Jane Lewis ahead of her new single release ‘Frozen Frames’ which you can listen to here. You might have spotted her in our recent International Women’s Day campaign that you can also check out here!
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Hey Hannah, nice to speak with you again. How are you?
I’m great thanks!! Rehearsing for a gig right now which is funnn
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
So I’m Hannah Jane Lewis, and I write big quirky pop songs. I’m influenced by a lot of the boss lady pop gals, like Katy Perry, Pink and The Spice Girls etc. I also love all things pink/glittery and anything that looks like something Cher from clueless would wear.
We last saw you during our International Women’s Day campaign, what have you been up to since then?
Ah yes I loved that, thank you so much for having me! I met so many amazing ladies that day :). Since then I’ve released my song Aftershock, I’ve been writing lots in the studio and I’ve been on a schools tour! I go round to secondary schools, sing my songs and also talk to the kids about following their dreams and anti bullying – which I love doing.
We’ve heard your incredible new single ‘Frozen Frames’ (which we’re obsessing over at the minute!) What was your inspo behind it?
Ah thanks so much so glad you like it! I wrote it about being in that place in a relationship where you’re in between breaking up and being together – when everything is kind of frozen. It’s hoping that the ice will melt and all will be okay again, but fearing that it may also crack and already be over. Most importantly, It’s loving someone enough to play that kind of waiting game.
What have been your biggest highlights both on a personal level and professionally?
I think on a personal level, its managing to turn music into my full time job which is the dreaaaam. On a professional level, so far a highlight has been having my single ‘Raincheck’ as BBC Radio 1’s Introducing track of the week. I was on cloud 9 that week, made me so happy!
So you’re originally from Surrey in the UK, when you moved to Florida at just 14. Would you say that experience helped spark your passion for music?
Yeah it definitely intensified it, but I think my passion for music started when I was really little! I’ve never really considered wanting to do anything else. Moving to America made me take it seriously though. The American mentality is very ‘go big or go home’, so I learnt from a young age to work hard and commit to the thing I loved – so that gave me a really important extra push!
What would you say were the biggest differences growing up in the US compared with your prior experiences in the UK?
It was literally day and night. When I lived in England I was at an all girls boarding school just outside of London but when I moved out to America I was suddenly at this Floridian coed high school that was just like the movies. The weather was a massive difference, it was great to live in a place that was warm and sunny all year round. I would go to the beach with my friends after school and every weekend we’d take boats out – it was a super fun completely different way of life. Also I think there is a lot less pressure in high school in the US, like I wasn’t weighed down with constant revising for exams like it is here, and maybe that gave me more time to be creative and develop that side of things
We’ve heard some of your inspirations growing up were Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Gwen Stefani (I mean, which teenage girls weren’t inspired by them?!) But what would you say was your guilty pleasure, both growing up and now?
Well I shout about my guilty pleasures lol so I’m not that guilty! But maybe when I was younger – Shania Twain or Faith Hill. And now, I listen to my childhood idol Avril Lavigne’s first album on the reg lol. It never gets old!
What is your life motto?
To go big, or go home! Haha that’s the American in me talking. And to think positive, ‘when you believe it, you’ll see it’.
What are your top tips of wellness?
To sleep! I have to sleep at least 7/8 hours or I am useless. I also workout a lot, more for my brain than my body – working out helps get me in the right frame of mind. I find that whenever I’m feeling down, its usually because I haven’t been active – i’m all about those endorphins!
What are you three style must-haves?
A pair of statement heels or heeled boots (my fave have a translucent pink heel), some big earrings and a really good pair of jeans.
What advice do you have for anyone trying to break it into the industry?
I think you have to know who you are, and to stick to your guns when you know what that is – because I think it’s important to not get swayed and to be yourself! Also to work super super super hard and never give up.
What’s on the agenda for the rest of 2018?
I’m releasing another single soon which I am super excited about. Lots more gigs, some support slots and lots more music 🙂
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