KPIG Radio Interview "Please Stand By" "Oh, Those Expectations"
KPIG Radio Interview "Please Stand By" "A Time For Truth"
KPIG Radio Interview "Please Stand By" "The Colors You Make"
"Charlie" live @ CCC
"2 plus 1" live at CCC
“There's something gentle about Hannah Cooper's songwriting and execution. In the same token, there's something brave about Cooper's songs. It's a combo that makes her not just any other folksy singer-songwriter. ”
“Hannah fuses a jazzy vibe with a gentle indie/folk sensibility to deliver deeply evocative stories with technically adept and emotionally rich vocal and instrumental poise.”
— Mark Nichol, host of Rock of Ages on KWMR, West Marin Community Radio
“Hannah Cooper is a high-wire artist working without a net... far beyond the boundaries of singer/songwriter music. It is a pleasure to hear her.”
— Cosy Sheridan (Singer/Songwriter, Moab Folk Camp Founder)
“Hannah's blend of warm, stylishly crafted lyrics layered upon playfully complex guitar work are an intoxicating delight!”
— Laurell Reynolds (Host of the Folk Show on Jefferson Public Radio)
Bay Area folk/jazz singer-songwriter, Hannah Cooper, creates a sound that defies categorization. With songs that embrace her years of jazz guitar and classical choral training, Hannah employs brave storytelling — delivered with theatrical flair — to engage and delight audiences. Her Minnesota feet first landed in Portland, Oregon, after riding the Amtrak “Empire Builder” out west in 2010. This Fall, her “Empire Builder” tour is a compilation of songs inspired by nearly a decade of living in the Pacific Northwest. These songs have captivated audiences with these deeply rooted experiences and lessons from her life. Grab a chair and prepare to be transported by stories layered in chords, textures and lyrics. Listeners who come expecting a "just another" singer-songwriter will be simply blown away.
Hannah often hears that her music is "different." KPIG Radio's "Please Stand By" host Sleepy John teased Hannah in an on air interview, "Do you know who you remind me of? ...nobody. Not anybody. I've never heard anybody do what you do. And that's good!" Indeed, few modern musicians are the granddaughter of a showboat operator. Rather than follow the lead of her generation’s singer-songwriter heroes, Hannah has created a sound that is a throwback to an earlier time, when some things seemed simpler but the music was much more complicated. She inherited a talent for storytelling from a family steeped in the showboat business and musical theater, but Hannah’s years of classical/jazz guitar training are what allow her the versatility to truly captivate audiences.
Entering her thirties, Hannah continues to write original songs, but seasoned by the experiences her life has shown her. To better express all that is in her heart, Hannah began studying with jazz guitarist Bill Leonhart in 2015. A seven-string guitar virtuoso, Bill is also the brother of internationally renown bassist, Jay Leonhart. Having been under the influence of such teachers has sprouted musical influences such as Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Roger Hammerstein and more modernly- John Williams, James Horner, Punch Brothers and The Beatles.
Finding it irrational to limit the reach other influences in her life, Hannah embraces open and radically honest relationships. She considers these deep human connections to be her greatest source of personal growth and musical inspiration. These stories, of course, play out in some of her best songs, including "A Time for Truth", which won best song in a regional competition of the West Coast Songwriters in Spring 2018.
At this stage, she is still profoundly introspective and now constantly drawn to the question of what it means to write a great song. Her vision for great music is not bounded by traditional song structures, chords, or genres. As one new fan commented, "Hannah's songs are great in a way that I never knew songs could be great!" She is delighted to create beautiful songs that anyone can appreciate, but she challenges herself to write songs that even highly trained musicians will find engaging. Indeed, some of her highest praise comes from other skilled musicians. Still, her aim is to connect with her audience, bring beauty into their world with her talents, and encourage them to embrace all that makes them beautifully unique.
She is currently performing in California, Oregon and beyond.