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Hannah
Aldridge

Raised in Alabama, recording artist Hannah Aldridge has long felt an affinity to the darkness found in Southern Gothic themes.  Hannah has developed a fondness of writing songs with that dark leaning aesthetic, often brought on by her own thoughts of depression or hopelessness.    Working with one foot in Country music and the other in Rock has given her a fresh kind of Southern Rock styled by Southern Gothic storytelling.

Hannah Aldridge is originally from Muscle Shoals, Al.   She is the daughter of the #1 hit songwriter, twice receipient of songwriter of the year,  and Alabama Music Hall of Fame inductee, Walt Aldridge, who has written and produced for such artist as Lou Reed, Reba McEntire, and Conway Twitty.   Early in Hannah's writing career, she was recognized for her astounding ability to capture emotion and ability to stun with her sultry vocals .

 

The honesty she crafts into each track is off-set by her stubborn and  defiant nature, which infuses her music a hopeful silver lining.   Staying true to the sound Aldridge has established from mixing her personal life and the famous sounds of her hometown of Muscle Shoals, with influences from all across the Rock genre,  carries through in all that is  expected from a Hannah Aldridge recording.  

 

Hannah was chosen for "Hot on the Row" in Nashville 3 times and also had the honor of playing Bluebird showcase with writers like Pat Alger, Brett James and her father Walt Aldridge.  When she released her progressive folk EP, "Wanderer" in April 2011, Hannah's career picked up at lightening speed.

Aldridge has caught the attention of press and media and captivated audiences all over the world. Hannah's song " Lonesome" was featured on the CW show Hart of Dixie alongside Rascal Flatts and Head and the Heart.   Hannah was also  previously featured in a popular southern magazine, No'Ala,  and in Alabama Magazine's " Year of Alabama Music " edition  and in Relix Magazine.

In literature and in songwriting, the American South is where writers go to face their fears. Hannah Aldridge embodies this truism with every song,  facing down demons of a life once lived from substance abuse to failed relationships and scars.  “Gold Rush”  Hannah Aldridge’s second album, a follow up to her 2014 debut “Razor Wire.”  While her debut album launched her career, drew attention of music writers and sent her touring across the world, “Gold Rush” showed a more mature and introspective artist with more life and music experience, under her belt.

 

Recorded at Creative Workshop in Nashville, Hannah Aldridge worked with Muscle Shoals writers such as Mark Narramore, Tosha Hill, Matt Johnson and Brad Crisler and artists such as Andrew Combs, Ashley McBryde, Don Gallardo, Ryan Beaver, and Sadler Vaden on “Gold Rush.” She teamed up with Jordan Dean and M. Allen Parker, who were instrumental in working on her album, and finally finishing by calling on her Dad, Walt Aldridge, to master the record. In total, Hannah Aldridge compiled a team of distinct talents to work with her. With their help, Hannah Aldridge put together a progressive, creative and memorable body of work.
 

Hannah returned from touring the world  to the  US recently  to do a  Christmas release of the old Christmas hymn “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” in her own hauntingly eery version. Aldridge says, "It was such a fun experience to get to be back in the studio with my Dad to record a Christmas song.” Aldridge’s dad is legendary Muscle Shoals musician, songwriter, and producer Walt Aldridge. “I don’t get the chance often to work with my Dad, so when the opportunity comes up I am always excited to see what we can create. It can be a daunting task to take such a classic piece of music and try to make it your own, so we tried to bring my personality into it as an artist while maintaining the integrity of the song. In the end, we came up with a version of ‘O Come O Come Emmanuel’ that we felt was exciting and cinematic, without being overdone."

 

Hannah Aldridge's latest single “Sinking,” a cover of the Godhead original from 2001, features the front man of the band Jason Charles Miller himself, who also produced the track. The two artists first connected on a shared love of blues, metal, southern rock and their knack for telling haunting yet beautiful Southern Gothic stories influenced by their personal experiences from growing up. 'Sinking' is the second single from the recently released 7” vinyl release via the avant-garde Swedish label, Icons Creating Evil Art. The accompanying video by Johan Lundsten was debuted by Folk N Rock who added, “A new haunting twist filled with raw emotion.” Both 'Sinking' and the EP’s previous single 'Some Ghosts Don't Make A Sound' are available digitally.

With every song, Hannah Aldridge is facing down demons of a life once lived from substance abuse to failed relationships and old scars.  Hannah has since young years felt an affinity to the darkness found in the Southern Gothic themes and has developed a fondness of writing songs with elements of horror brought on by dark thoughts of depression or hopelessness. Finding a calling in exploring these heavy, dark feelings and impulses that we all have, but are typically afraid to indulge in she explains, “The devil and darkness were always the boogeyman under the bed for me. It still is honestly. So that naturally weaves itself into a lot of songs. I find it extremely fun to sit and think of what type of song I would write for a particular scene in a movie or subjects that really scare me.”

 

Back in Europe, Hannah is now launching her first ever live-album ‘Live in Black and White’ recorded in London England as a statement of her desire to get back to the roots of why she started down this path. While her studio records feature full bands and impressive collaborations this live album narrows in on the heart of the music,  Hannah and her guitar.  Striping the songs down to the raw and intimate sound of when she first wrote them. She tells us, “I start writing with ‘this is how I’m feeling, and I need to talk about it.’ Doing that helps me sort out my own thoughts on it. My music is an introspective look at the things that happened in my life. It’s me trying to sort through and put feelings into words”