At just fourteen years old Hana Evans or just HANA, is already making a name for herself on British airwaves. The young singer/songwriter comes from the small seaside town of Penarth in South Wales. Her music outlines the complications of teenage life and the desperate search for an individual identity.
Although for the moment HANA remains unsigned, it won’t be long until she begins making waves in the industry, she’s one of the youngest artists to be featured on BBC Radio 1’s ‘Introducing Artist of The Week’. HANA also came out on top in the teen category of the global ‘Unsigned Only’ competition.
With a strikingly wonderful voice and the confidence of someone twice her age HANA has been hotly tipped as one of the UK’s ones to watch according to Buzzfeed’s ‘34 Brilliant British Singer Songwriters To Discover’.
HANA’s song writing skills are impressive, her lyrics are cleverly written and she is definitely more substantial than your average teen pop star. HANA’s tremulous voice and the vibrato tones in her sound is something special, her voice at times is evocative of that of Ellie Goulding.
Arguably ‘I Don’t Want To’ is her stand out track (So far). Again it has to be said this song is very different from any other teen popstar break up song out there. HANA rejects the idea she needs to be sad post breakup and she does it with an impressive pop song littered with hooks and memorable lines.
‘L.O.V.E’ is another intoxicatingly catchy song by HANA which will have everyone scrambling to Shazam it wherever they might hear it.
It is quite evident that HANA has already mastered writing sensational pop music at such a young age. Ellie Goulding should start to worry! HANA’s song ‘Wanna B’ has a Scandi pop sound, almost reminiscent of an Icona Pop track or Say Lou Lou. ‘Wanna B’ is a more playful sounding track than HANA’s other works, this song wouldn’t feel out of place in a Summer setting with its sweet tempered guitar riffs. This song is not only thoroughly enjoyable to listen to but pretty damn catchy too.
‘Runaway’ is another stand out track, the powerful instrumentals coupled with her writing skills in this song are positively brilliant. Her candour in this track is refreshing; this song encapsulates growing up and screams for a yearning of freedom. Growing up and the search of an identity are at the centre of HANA’s sound, it would be safe to say this song will help put HANA on the map along with the aforementioned ‘I Don’t Want To’.
Another talent among HANA’s myriad of talents is that she is bilingual, this allows her to cross pollinate her singing and song writing talents to create another wonderful piece. ‘Cer a fi nol’ is sung entirely in Welsh, while it can be somewhat alienating to non-Welsh speakers ‘Cer a fi nol’ is unquestionably enchanting to listen to.
HANA has cited Foxes, St Vincent, Bastille and Imogen Heap as some of her influences, this mixture of alternative influences are the impetus for HANA’s unique sound. HANA has a promising future in the music industry; her brand of alternative pop is refreshing. Undoubtedly HANA’s sound would fit in well with almost any radio station.