Official Music Video for "ILYSoWhat" Premiering on CMT on Valentine's Day!
This Campbellsville, Kentucky native has been pouring out her heart in songs for as long as she can remember, whether on a stage or a piece of paper. Hannah knows the power of music and how it can heal and inspire other’s just like it has her. Once her mind was made up, Hannah hurried her way through college at the University of Kentucky, so she could get to Nashville right after graduation, and do what she feels she was always made to do.
As a young girl, Hannah sang a lot in her local church and was in every small town contest she could get her boots in. In high school she had the opportunity to perform for 20,000 other high school students at the National FFA Convention and something about that experience; so many people, yet it felt so personal, helped her to see the path she has been set on.
When Hannah discovered songwriting, in some ways it was like she discovered herself. She was realizing that these thoughts she had, were very similar to those everyone else has. She wondered, "I mean what if you could put it in a song, and remind others that they are not alone. That they aren't the only person in the world who has been through something, good or bad." Over time these songs started to really take shape and in October of 2015, Janine Appleton, of WordCountry, offered Hannah Ellis a publishing deal. From there her love for songwriting has only grown.
Hannah’s feelings about songwriting and its importance really came to a head when her cousin, Officer Daniel N. Ellis, was shot and killed in the line of duty in early November of 2015. Shortly after, Hannah and two of her dear friends wrote a tribute to Daniel called “Officer Down.” From there the song took on a life of its own. It was so honest and so true that she has traveled from Phoenix, AR to Washington, DC to perform it. She was even asked to sing it on the Capitol Lawn for the Fallen Peace Officers Memorial Service. To have written the song was the heartbreak, but to be able to perform it and see how people were changed, was the healing.
After the attention this special song gave Hannah, she knew the time had arrived to put together a project of her own to present who she is to the world. Hannah says, “I have always had a lot to say, ask anyone who knows me, but these 5 songs get to the core of who I am in three and a half minutes each.” The songs on her current EP are songs that have taken her years of writing to find. It is her spin on love, and heartbreak, and love again. Hannah’s fun, but purposeful approach to music along with her unique soulful, yet high energy style of delivering it, is something that is slowly finding it’s place in the country market.
Moving forward, Hannah just wants to make and perform honest music that matters. She says, “I am just not that great at being something I’m not. My feelings and emotions, good or bad, are so obviously present in everything I do. To try to cover them or change them would be a disservice to myself, and anyone who might feel like they are the only ones that deal with the same stuff I deal with.”
A few other notable things Hannah has had the opportunity to be a part of:
- CMT Next Women of Country Class of 2018
- Performed at CMA Fest in Nashville, TN
- Headliner concert for the Virginia FFA Convention
- Opened for Lee Brice, Jake Owen, Brett Eldredge, Russell Dickerson & many more
- University Idol Winner at University of Kentucky
- Songs featured on Nickelodeon and MTV's "Teen Wolf"
- Contestant on Season 8 of The Voice
- WordCountry Staff Writer
- Multiple Canadian radio cuts as well songs cut by Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, Russell Dickerson, Danielle Bradbery & Keith Urban
- “Celebrate Success” shows at schools all around KentuckyWhat people are saying:
"I'm excited to see Hannah's star rise. I've sent her song to my radio stations to be put into rotation"
Steve Newberry, President, Commonwealth Broadcasting Inc.