Since bursting onto the music scene a couple of years ago, Hannah Grace has gone from strength to strength, including closing last year with an exceptional collaborative EP with Gabrielle Aplin.
Hannah Grace has recently unveiled her new EP ‘The Bed You Made,’ a collection of four beautiful tracks – ‘The Bed You Made,’ ‘Different Kind Of Love,’ ‘Sleepwalking’ and ‘Almost’, which truly showcase her vocals. The minimalist musicality, stripped back and raw production, which echoes in lyrical content, make for an excellent release.
Additionally, the sheer raw emotion in every track makes for a special EP. The EP was penned with friends and collaborators Martin Luke Brown, Gabrielle Aplin and Jessica Sharman.
CelebMix had the opportunity to recently speak with Hannah Grace about the release of her new EP, her song-writing and much more. Keep reading to check out our exclusive interview!
You’ve recently released your new EP, titled ‘The Bed You Made.’ How does it feel to have new music released?
“I’ve been writing non-stop for the past two years, so it feels amazing to release new music. This EP is made up of the most honest songs I have ever written and it was written and recorded with some of my closest friends, so it’s particularly special and I’m so happy it’s out in the world.”
Do you have a personal favourite track from the EP? If so, what track is it and why?
“It changes all the time – each song is really important to me. But I would say that ‘Almost’ is one of my favourites. I wrote it with Gabrielle Aplin and Martin Luke Brown, who are both close friends of mine and I feel like it just sums up perfectly how I felt about the situation I was in at the time, with both the lyrics and melody.”
When writing, do you draw on previous personal experiences and use them in your song-writing?
“All of my songs are about personal experiences. Sometimes I write about an observation or a book I’ve read or a film I’ve seen, but most of my songs are about my own life and things I’m going through. I feel like it naturally happens that way and it feels good to let it out!”
How long did it take from the beginning of the writing process until the completion of the EP?
“Two of the songs are more than a year old and two are very new. I felt like this was a happy accident in summing up the last two years and the songs all felt like they fit together.”
If you were to describe the EP in a couple of words, what would they be and why?
“Honest and real – the songs are completely about my own life and I’ve never written more direct and literal lyrics before. It was a bit scary being so honest, but I’m so happy I did, as the reaction to the songs has been lovely.”
At the end of last year, you released an EP along with Gabrielle Aplin. How did the release come about?
“Myself and Gabrielle have always loved singing together and we always collaborate at the ‘Never Fade’ Christmas party show every year. One year, we just thought it would be nice to properly work together on something. So I went down to Brighton in August to write a Christmas song! We wrote ‘December’ and we recorded it all with our good friend / producer Luke Potashnick. It was one of my favourite musical experiences.”
Who are your musical influences? Do you feel that they have an impact on the music you write, produce, record and release?
“I have too many to name, but I have always loved Eva Cassidy, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Nicks and Carole King. I feel like all of these women inspired me both as a musician and singer and hugely influence my own music and how I approach being an artist.”
Looking back on your career within the music industry so far, has there been anything in particular you are especially proud of?
“I am so lucky to have had so many amazing experiences. I’ve loved touring and playing shows over the years – playing live is my favourite thing and I have played some beautiful venues doing my own headline shows and supporting people like Hozier and Lissie. But I also love creating and collaborating with other amazing artists – I’m very lucky to get to do what I love every day!”
Is there anything in particular you would most like to achieve?
“I’d love to release lots of music. I love the idea of releasing a body of work that really represents me and a time in my life. And playing that music all over the world!”
Taking a look ahead to the remainder of the year, what else can be expected from you music-wise?
“I’m always writing and recording, so I have a few songs in the pipeline to release later this year and I’ll also be playing some shows and festivals across the summer.”
Finally, do you have a message for those who support you?
“Thank you – just thank you! I’m so glad you like the music and there’s so much more to come!”
CelebMix would like to take this opportunity to thank Hannah Grace for taking the time to speak with us!
If you haven’t already, you can purchase ‘The Bed You Made’ EP by clicking here. The EP can be streamed on Spotify through the link below and is also available to purchase and stream through other responsible music purchasing and streaming outlets.