Northern Songstress Philippa Hanna 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 Royal Wedding singers The Kingdom Choir, Philippa’s music and story paved the way for a perfect evening of inspiring entertainment. During intervals at all seventeen venues, audience members flocked to meet Philippa who is best known in the UK Christian and Gospel scene.
‘Fantastic set, really enjoyed by all!’ Rebecca, Front of House Manager at The Royal Albert Hall
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
Multiple UK Christian Chart Top 10 artist, 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 her 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 & Richard Macnamara enjoyed huge success as half of the 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.’
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 over 1500 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 realize mid-concert how well they already know the music, thanks to Philippa’s regular features on TBNUKs ‘Praise The Lord’ and BBC ‘Songs of Praise’. Her songs are played daily on Christian radio with popular hits like 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 and Good Morning Sunday.
‘It’s an amazingly simple yet powerful thing to share your own journey. We can all do it and it helps people to know that they’re not alone.’ Philippa Hanna
Philippa is now taking bookings for October – December 2019 (subject to availability). For booking information contact: [email protected]