Hannah Clive is a BBC Introducing in London artist of whom respected British Music journalist and BBC London DJ Gary Crowley said:
“How impressive is that! My producer Ollie nodding along approvingly there – and why wouldn’t you – it sounds so accomplished! New music from the very talented singer songwriter Hannah Clive…” [Listen HERE ]
Music matters to Hannah Clive. Whether it’s her songs, her tweets as a music and media Commentator (#HCHQ ☞ @hannahclive), or her music articles as a Music/Band Interviewer – Hannah strongly believes in supporting good quality fellow artists. Her life-long passion is music begun singing with Ray Charles aged just 17 going on to sing with the likes of Dave Gilmour, Ronnie Wood and many others. A versatile, multi-genre songstress and vocalist as demonstrated by her collaboration with The Herbaliser on ‘Lost Boy’ (BBC Radio6, Youtube 70k+ views) Hannah regularly occupies the Reverbnation Top 20 Chart for London as a solo artist.
New releases from Hannah include the re-mastered version of ‘Kiss of Life’ as heard recently on BBC Introducing and taken from her first self-titled EP ‘Hannah Clive’. Produced by Brian Tench (Kate Bush, The Bee Gees) featuring guitars by British Blues legend Bobby Tench (Jeff Beck) and Gus Isidore (Seal), with backing vocals from Ladonna Harley-Peters (Emeli Sandé) – the tracks production credentials speak for themselves.
Hannah’s songs are observational, often personal, exposing vulnerability edged with emotion readily shared with her audience. Influenced by songwriting greats such as Carole King, Kate Bush and Adele, she weaves a web of truth with alluring lyrics and soulful vocals. Formative years in a show business family from Richmond, Surrey (UK) – her father was TV and film actor John Clive – as well as encouragement from the local music scene and life’s struggles, have all contributed to the emotional nature of Hannah’s songs and performance.
Early introductions to established artists led to recording sessions as a backing singer. But hanging onto the shirt tails of household names was not an ambition for Hannah, who by now was in her late teens and already writing songs with a seductive edge. Facing an industry predominantly interested in dance music and synthetic acts and feeling let down Hannah temporarily retreated from the music scene. A roller coaster of experiences followed, eventually focusing this burgeoning song writer on heartfelt emotions, a desire to reach out and reconnect with re-energised audiences, together with her fellow artists. Driven by the thrill of performance, belief in her songs and encouraged by others in the music industry, Hannah started to perform at London venues again, seeking the same troubadour spirit as the iconic artists who’d originally inspired her! The result being BBC Introducing London’s discovery of Hannah debuting her alongside rising stars Cos1ma and, The Second Sons.
Her sharing of straight from the heart songs and passionate desire to support her fellow artists at what is a challenging time in the industry has attracted a growing following online and strengthened her resolve to be taken seriously as a singer-songwriter and media commentator. She is rapidly becoming a respected voice on Twitter for the #indie community, with American indie music journalist Rebecca Singer describing her in a recent interview as: “Hannah Clive is a Stand Out in the Indie Music World”
Previous releases include the award winning ‘Richmond Park Sessions’ EP and her collaboration as featured artist and co-writer with The Herbaliser on the critically acclaimed: ‘Lost Boy’ (BBC6Music, Youtube Views: 55,000+). Hannah is successfully actively connecting with audiences online and radio globally: “Build it and the people will come” is her motto along with championing of quality fellow indie acts. Recent performances include major London venues and arts establishments: The Royal Academy, London (exclusive Dennis Hopper Exhibition opening), The HMV Forum, The Bedford, Troubadour & online Music Festival Battfest. Follow @hannahclive