Inspiring singer rooted in Gospel

Philippa Hanna ANL-160323-141735001

Philippa Hanna ANL-160323-141735001

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Philippa Hanna has grown to be one of the UK’s most engaging and inspiring songwriters since her early days in the Gospel scene.

Over four albums her music has offered a positive message that has touched the hearts of audiences the world over.

As well as taking in hundreds of solo tour dates, Philippa has also toured alongside Lionel Richie, Wet Wet Wet, Rebecca Fergusson and Collabro, and she will be supporting Leona Lewis on her UK tour this year.

Her third studio album, the country-influenced Through the Woods was released in July 2013 to critical acclaim and five-star reviews.

She subsequently appeared on Good Morning Sunday with presenter Clare Balding, playing live on air.

Tracks from the album have also been championed by BBC heavyweights Janice Long, Paul O’Grady and Hardeep Singh Kohli.

She has also appeared on BBC Radio 2, and BBC’s Songs of Praise.

Since a young age, Philippa knew that making music was all she wanted to do.

As a child she would join her Irish folk singer father Pat on stage, and her musical family includes bassist Stuart Zender (Jamiroquai, Mark Ronson).

Her songwriting frequently draws on her turbulent youth, and the Christian faith she found in 2004.

Songs like ’I Am Amazing’ and ‘Raggedy Doll’ have seen Philippa campaign for self-esteem in young people, and she is an advocate for children’s charity, Compassion.

Philippa is appearing at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds at 7.30pm on April 12.

Tickets are £10, with £5 concessions, ring the box office on 01284 758000 or see the website - www.theapex.co.uk for details.