Introducing Melbourne Singer-Songwriter Hannah Frances

Melbourne singer-songwriter, Hannah Frances debut EP is titled 'Silverleaves'. Melbourne singer-songwriter, Hannah Frances debut EP is titled 'Silverleaves'.

Raw, evocative, and powerful vocals married to indie pop-folk, Melbourne singer-songwriter Hannah Frances has delivered an ethereal debut EP titled 'Silverleaves'.

After releasing three singles this year to industry acclaim and positive fan feedback, 'Silverleaves' showcases an emerging musician able to tackle a range of genres.

From the delicate, brooding folk of 'Here Comes The Rain' to the, rootsy vibe 'Wolf' emanates, and the breezy indie pop-rock of 'That Night' Hannah has more than a few strings to her bow.

"I'm unbelievably excited to release my debut EP and to share raw and intimate music pieces of myself with you," Hannah says.

"After releasing my singles this year, responses from social media and radio have been overwhelming – this makes me ever more excited about this release.

"This is an introduction to Hannah Frances and I'm absolutely beaming to know that it will make its way to you very soon."

With 'major' influences including Fleetwood Mac, Joni Mitchell and Lana Del Rey, Hannah is just starting her music journey. You'd better get on at the ground floor.

Who is Hannah Frances? I'm a singer-songwriter from Melbourne who traverses the realms of folk, pop and alt. country.

Music was forever present in the home and I have my family to thank for that. I was always listening to my parents selection of music, including The Beetles, Queen, ABBA, Norah Jones, Coldplay and Fleetwood Mac. This may have had a beautiful, unconscious effect on how I write and create melodies to this day.

After embracing my sound I cut my teeth at open mics, backyard concerts around Melbourne and have now steadily moved onto support performances for local and international artists.

I sound like... A blend of folk-pop, '70s style-guitars and the sound of songwriters from the '60s who trailblazed out of Greenwich Village.

For some reviewers, my songs remind them of incredible, spell-bounding artists such as Stevie Nicks, Lana Del Rey, Florence Welch from Florence and the Machine and Hannah Reid from London Grammar.

My first gig was... At Fitzroy Beer Garden. Including the bartender and the people who organised the event, my only supporter at the gig was my mum – thanks, Caroline.

In the studio I usually... Have freaky telepathic musical connections with Lee Bradshaw, the producer of my debut EP.

If I could tour with anyone... Jesse Jo Stark has such an enticing aura about herself and if I were to support her on tour, there would never be a dull moment.

Social media is... A great blessing and a deep curse.

My favourite app at the moment is... Instagram is where I spend most of my time in regards to music promotion. It's also nice to feel connected to friends and musicians on that platform too.

To date, my most embarrassing moment was the time... Those who know me know I have a plethora of embarrassing moments.

However, I think forgetting my opening lines during a Year 10 drama performance in front of 300 people, and then watching my horrified drama teacher's gaping mouth as I preceded to shout to the lighting box asking if I could start again – and then walking off stage to only walk straight back on again. . . takes the cake.

Life on the road can be... The longest I've travelled for a show was just under two hours, so one day I'll get back to you on that.

If you'll have me on your bill, all I ask is that my rider contains... A few bevs and a good attitude.

The most scary scenario I've found myself in, was... Probably any situation my cousins and I got into during our trip around Europe in 2017.

What celebrity/ famous person would you love to be your pokesperson? Any celebrity who has recorded sleep stories for the Calm app.

If you had to live in a city abroad, where would you choose and why? Nashville, USA baby. The music scene is truly thriving and outpouring with so much melodic goodness that I want to sprinkle some of myself among it.

Three people you'd like to invite around for a dinner party? Usually this list would include celebrities, however due to COVID times I would honestly just love to have dinner with my best mates.

If we were coming over to your place, what would you cook us? I make a mean chicken pesto pasta and I'll slip in a side of garlic bread that I will pretend was homemade too.

No matter the expense, send me a case of... Anything but bourbon or your white walls will become a feature wall instead.

The last time I saw the inside of a gym was... The day before Stage 4 restrictions hit Victoria. I worked out for the first time in eight weeks yesterday. . . home workouts aren't as motivating.

What's the one chore you dislike the most? Ironing is a ridiculous task. . . why do some shirts have so many pleats? Why?

Do you have any phobias? Like most kids, I used to be scared of clowns. As a toddler, a clown ran up to me and laughed right in my face during a circus performance – terrifying. Now I'm just mildly uneasy around them.

Would you ever partake in a reality show? I don't watch reality TV. If it consists of me 'fighting' over a man against 24 other women, you can definitely count me out.

If you could prank any of your friends, who's your target, and how are you bringing them down? Much like my music I like my pranks to be vintage in style – can't beat a classic jump scare, and everyone is my target.



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