If you’ve yet to have the pleasure, Hannah Grace is a vocal powerhouse hailing from Bridgend in South Wales. After unleashing her debut EP ‘Meant To Be Kind’ in 2014, which featured the shiver-inducing track ‘Broke’, the multi-talented artist stepped things up a notch with the release of defiant follow-up EP ‘Mustang’ in 2016. This year she returned once more with an epic cover of Fatboy Slim’s ‘Praise You’, as featured on the Lloyds Bank TV advert, which thrust her back into the spotlight. With her hotly-anticipated first full-length record on the horizon, we caught up with Hannah Grace to get to know her a little better.
Your cover of Fatboy Slim’s Praise You is incredible, what made you pick that song?
“I actually didn’t pick it myself. I was asked to do a version of it alongside some other artists so I kind of made a quick demo of it then they decided to go with me, which was pretty cool.”
You’re signed to Never Fade Records, home to Gabrielle Aplin and Sonny. How does it feel to be part of that community?
“As long as I’ve been doing music as Hannah Grace, I’ve been part of Never Fade. I’ve been friends with Gabrielle for years and she’s always encouraged me to play and I’ve supported her loads of times. She was just like you can release music on my label. I always had creative control so I could make it how I wanted to and release it the way I wanted to release it. I feel really lucky to be part of such a lovely supportive group of people.”
Is there a dream venue you would love to play?
“Well, the Albert Hall would be nice but there’s so many lovely venues. When I’ve been on tour across the UK, a lot of the time the smaller ones are quite special. I really like the Castle Hotel in Manchester, it’s like a tiny little room but it’s just the way the room is shaped and how intimate it feels that makes it so special. I just love playing live. As long as the audience wants to listen, you can’t go wrong.”
What are Hannah Grace‘s plans for the rest of the year?
“I moved to London from Cardiff in October and since then I’ve just been writing and recording for an album. I’ve got a single in the pipeline, I’m so excited about it. It’s one of my favourite original songs I’ve ever written. Following that, there’s the album that I’m sort of halfway through writing. It’s getting to the final stages where I’m thinking about producers and who do I want to play on it, which is really exciting.”
Your first two EPs are brilliant. Do you think you’ll include any songs from them on the album?
“I don’t think I’ll put any songs on it that I’ve released before. At the moment, it’s all brand new original material but you never know ‘Praise You’ might make its way on there.”