Hannah Gill & The Hours combines 70s lo-fi pop and rock with contemporary soul and blues and transforms them into sweet and sultry songs that overflow with feeling. Steered by soulful 18-year old vocal powerhouse and songwriter Hannah Gill combined with skilled guitarist, songwriter and arranger Brad Hammonds, the group offers up music with contagious melodies and wise lyrics. Each song presents a thrilling story about how humans connect through their experiences that reveals the intrepid singer’s intimate perspectives on love, loss, longing, hope and transformation. Gill’s lush voice, Hammonds’ sparkling fretwork and both members’ background in improvisational jazz give the duo’s hypnotic recordings and dynamic live performances otherworldly gravity. Hannah Gill & The Hours’ debut EP, The Water, will be out in Spring 2016.
Though brought up in different musical eras, Gill and Hammonds’ passion for music is rooted in their love of a multitude of styles and genres. Raised in a close-knit community in Maryland, Gill soaked up classic rock songs by bands like The Rolling Stones and Cake as well as by heartfelt country singers like Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson and created her own versions on the ukulele. Once she started studying guitar in high school, she turned the stories and poems she had been writing into full-fledged songs. Her dream to sing professionally took shape in her early teens when she realized her talent for moving people with her voice, which exhibited a maturity beyond her young years. She performed locally as she honed her improvisational skills and her writing approach.
A lifelong music lover, Hammonds passion for making music was ignited after he heard the raw, guitar-driven Ani Difranco, John McGlaughlin and Shakti, and Paco De-Lucia. Compelled to explore the intricacies of guitar, he began playing in bands with friends and fine-tuning his rhythmic, vocal and songwriting ability. As his warm, full tone and dexterity evolved as both a soloist and ensemble player, he began studying jazz and seeking out new acoustic rock, jazz and blues projects. Years later, Hammonds connected with Gill through a family friend, who felt their sensibilities would click, and the two enjoyed a profound creative chemistry. They decided to officially come together as Hannah Gill & The Hours in 2015. Once Gill relocated to New York City, they brought a substantial collection of their songs to producers John White and Rich DeCiccio at Whitewater studios in Brooklyn. Mixed by multiple Grammy winner Tim Latham, this collection became their debut, The Water.
The group’s cover of “Take Me to the Church” was deemed “brilliant” by VH1, and their original, “I Feel Awake” won the mtvU Freshmen contest. In addition to Hannah Gill & The Hours, Gill and Hammonds also perform together with their 1920s prohibition swing/jazz band After Hours alongside keyboardist, trumpet player and vocalist Danny Jonokuchi. The band plays every Sunday at Caffe Vivaldi in the West Village as well as at private parties, weddings and other jazz clubs around New York City.
The Water, released in 2016, is an EP comprised of songs inspired by Gill’s transition from living in a small town in Maryland to New York City. It is a collection about embracing life’s adventures, breaking free from society’s mold and finding personal freedom. Hannah Gill & The Hours is also working with acclaimed director Alex Decampi (Amanda Palmer) on the video for the first single off the album, “Change in Blue”.