On first impression she is sweet and lovely, bright and cheerful…then, with a flourish of harmony pouring from her guitar, she steps up to sing…and you enter another realm. Hannah is radiantly fluent in the universal language of song, and she has the gift of making seriously beautiful music with effortless grace. Her performances are always artistically surprising and deeply moving. She finds treasure in even the most daunting of life’s experiences. Her songs and her voice, soulful and haunting, are magic, and she is fearless in sharing the most complex of emotions with her listeners.
Performing with an openhearted sense of compassion and wonder, her voice soaring from an earthy blues swagger to an ethereal heart rending whisper, like a lullaby in a storm, she packs an emotional wallop. Eloquent, warm and wise in an innocent way, she has a comprehensive artistic vision, a vision that is as inspiring as it is engaging.
Two major inspirations shaping Hannah’s work are the music of Stephen Sondheim, who lit a deep spark of desire to master the art of storytelling in her compositions, and the iconic intensity of Bonnie Raitt, who fires Hannah’s drive to push beyond the idea of being a “singer who plays” and be a “player who sings”. Sondheim's ability to create complex three-dimensional characters using music and lyrics provided Hannah a map for her determination to have her own songs achieve similar power and detail that add up to revealing portraits of human nature. And Raitt’s courage in exceeding all expectations for a young artist, mastering her instrument with compelling technique, and carrying the traditions of guitar based music into a promising future continually kindles her imagination.
Hannah writes vivid music that is all the richer for the heartfelt intimacy of her voice. Hers is a sincere craft, created with a jeweler’s attention to design. Her songs are saturated with a charm and melodic color that can be as evocative as Appalachian ballads or as rousing as Broadway show tunes, and they shine with pure emotional truth.
- Kit Burrows
Hannah Jane Kile is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, & composer who often draws comparisons to her
heroes Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Norah Jones, & Sara Bareilles.
She has performed at countless venues throughout California
including Strawberry Music Festival & California Worldfest.
Hannah is a favorite opener among national acts some of which include
Grammy winning Patty Griffin, Ingrid Michelson, & blues legend Carolyn Wonderland.
She is currently working on two new self composed albums both to be released in early spring 2018.