Philippa Hanna wows crowds - and lines up autumn UK tour
After a highly acclaimed 17-date tour with Royal Wedding singers The Kingdom Choir, singer-songwriter Philippa Hanna is lining up an autumn/winter tour this year entitled Keeping It Real.
The Northern songstress has proved herself to be an unmissable acoustic performer, with a natural ability to move and inspire. Playing to sold out theatres across the UK this May with The Kingdom Choir, Philippa’s music and story paved the way for an evening of engaging and inspiring entertainment.
During intervals at all 17 venues, audience members flocked to meet Philippa, who is best known in the UK Christian and Gospel scene. It’s unusual for a support act to get such an enthusiastic reception.
At the Royal Albert Hall, the main event had to be delayed to allow for Philippa’s meet-&-greet queue to return to their seats. Many commented on the quality of the performance, Philippa’s voice and trademark White Falcon acoustic guitar filling the 5000-seater auditorium.
But those in attendance mostly commented on Philippa’s candidness, warmth and natural sharing of the Gospel.
‘[Philippa’s] music and message so align with what we’re all about. Utterly stunning on this tour.’
The Kingdom Choir
Now Philippa is taking to the road again this Autumn with her Keeping It Real tour. The evening, suitable for all ages presents the perfect opportunity for outreach. Alongside talented husband Joel on percussion, Philippa will be sharing her story, brand new music and excerpts from her upcoming third book.
Philippa grew up around award-winning and internationally acclaimed musicians. Brother Stuart Zender was a founding member of Platinum selling Acid-Jazz/Pop act Jamiroquai, whilst first cousins Danny and Richard Macnamara enjoyed huge success as half of UK rock band Embrace.
Country music was a huge influence on Philippa thanks to Irish entertainer father Pat Hanna, and Country star cousin Sandy Kelly, whose recording credits include the late Johnny Cash.
At concerts, Philippa openly shares her teenage battle with anxiety and depression which eventually forced her out of full-time education.
“That was the darkest time imaginable.” says Philippa, “I thought I’d never live a normal life.”
But thanks to a cathartic spiritual encounter at a Godfrey Birtill concert in 2004, Philippa found what she describes as her ‘life-changing faith’ and set about sharing her journey in both literary and music form. Philippa is now an internationally published author with more than 1,500 live shows, two books and five studio albums to her credit.
For those who see Philippa and husband Joel in concert, a ‘down-to-earth’ fusion of candid storytelling and catchy songs makes for an unforgettable evening. Having toured with the likes of Lionel Richie, Leona Lewis, Wet Wet Wet, Little Mix and many more, Philippa also has an established presence in the Christian music world, racking up collaborations with Kevin Max of D.C Talk fame, Graham Kendrick, and Christian hit writer Chris Eaton.
Churchgoers often realise mid-concert how well they already know the music, thanks to Philippa’s regular features on TBNUK's Praise The Lord and BBC Songs of Praise. Her songs are played daily on Christian radio with Raggedy Doll, The Daffodil Song, Arrow and Off The Wagon getting regular spins. Her country influences have also earned her plays on BBC Radio 2’s country show with Bob Harris, as well as Good Morning Sunday.
Dates lined up this summer include The Border Kirk, Carlisle (29 June), SonFest Southport Music Festival, Southport (13 July) and One Event at Lincolnshire Showground (24 August).
Find out more at philippahanna.com