Every so often the pop landscape needs shaking up – enter Hannah Jane Lewis. A refreshing mix of a sparkly sensibility with songwriting skill. Schooled in pop by the likes of Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Gwen Stefani, Hannah switched life in Surrey for Florida aged 14 before moving to New York to study at Tisch.
Returning to the UK, she started writing and recording her own music – releasing three killer singles independently which she’s now followed up with killer new track “Raincheck” (her first on Hot Hot Records/Polydor).
Off to a monstrously impressive start, 2018 is set to be a huge year for Hannah Jane Lewis. Take a listen to “Raincheck” and get to know your next favourite popstar.
To the uninitiated, how would you describe your sound?
Quirky glittery big pop!
The latest single is “Raincheck”, what’s it about?
Well I felt like I wanted to turn the whole ‘girl waits around for boy to call’ thing on its head - and give some of the power back to the gals because as we all know this isn’t the case a lot of the time. So it’s a bit of a girl power thing! And for me, I always keep my cards quite close to my chest when I first meet someone so I guess it rings true to that. It’s about giving someone just enough to keep them interested, but never too much so they know what’s coming next.
The response to the single has been huge, what’s that like?
Ah thank you! It’s been amazing! “Raincheck” has resulted in some pretty awesome moments and ‘firsts’ so I’m really thankful for the response it’s had :)
You’re being tipped as “one to watch”, any pressure?!
That’s really awesome to hear :) ummm well I kind of like a bit of pressure lol, I think it gives me a little extra fire haha. But not really, it makes me excited more than anything else!
“Raincheck” has spawned some killer remixes – if you could let any producer/artist loose on one of your tracks, who would it be?
Ooo this is a tough one! Well he is the top brick off the chimney but producer/writer wise Max Martin would be the dream of all dreams. But I guess in a letting loose on one of my songs sense, BloodPop would also be the dream!
You studied at Tisch, could you imagine doing anything other than performing?
Well music is my first love and always has been! But I also studied acting at Tisch, so I’d love to get into that eventually. The only other thing I’ve ever wanted to be was a tornado chaser for a brief moment when I was little and obsessed with the movie ‘Twister’ lol.
When did you start writing music? Can you remember the first song you wrote?
I’ve always written poems, and when I was little I used to sing them but I don’t think I realised what I was doing. When I got a little older I remember vividly listening to Avril Lavigne’s album for the first time and then getting really interested in songwriting. I LOVED her lol not ashamed to say it - she was my idol and I wanted to be a rock chick haha. So I think it was around then and one of the first songs I wrote was called ‘Fickle Heart’ - lol brutal.
What track do you currently have on repeat?
I love ‘Like You Like That’ by L Devine, I’ve been rinsing her EP in general! She’s a babe.
What’s next for you?
I’m releasing my next single prettyyyyy soon which I cannot wait for! So that’s what I’m focusing on right now. I’m writing lots too, and have some live dates coming up soon which will be funnnnn.