Philippa Hanna To Appear On Lionel Richie’s UK Tuskegee Tour

Philippa Hanna To Appear On Lionel Richie’s UK Tuskegee Tour

“I grew up listening to my dad singing Lionel Richie’s songs – now I get to join him on tour!”

Philippa Hanna is one of the UK’s brightest emerging talents. One of the most popular artists in the contemporary European Gospel scene, the Yorkshire-based singer and songwriter recently completed a 30-date headline tour of the UK. An invitation to support Lionel Richie for his upcoming UK tour sees this rising star take her powerful blend of soul and folk to the arena stage.

Philippa will be joining Lionel for eleven UK dates of his Tuskegee Tour, which arrives in England on October 26th at Birmingham’s LG Arena. The Barnsley-born artist is incredibly excited to be joining the soul legend on tour: “My dad is a singer,” she explains, “and I grew up listening to him singing Lionel’s songs. In fact, he even once recorded ‘Three Times A Lady’ as a valentine’s gift for my mum!” From a very early age, Philippa knew that all she ever wanted to do was perform, and some of her earliest memories involve joining her musician father on stage. She began her recording career with the independent release of debut album ‘Watching Me’ in 2007, and since then she has produced 2 more albums, a live DVD and won the hearts of fans across the globe.

Central to Philippa’s musical vision is her desire to bring a message of hope to her audiences. “If you have that message in your music, then it will resound with people,” she explains. Philippa’s current single, ‘I Am Amazing’ is a powerful rallying call to those wanting to break free from low self-esteem. The video features members of the Sheffield public displaying their proudest moments on a chalkboard, and has already racked up over 30,000 views, resonating with audiences around the world. It is her hope that a whole new audience can here this message through touring with Richie – throughout, ‘I Am Amazing’ will be available free as a text-to-download track. In addition to her musical message, Philippa acts as an ambassador for international children’s charity, Compassion and has recruited hundreds of sponsors for their work.

A busy autumn lies ahead of Philippa: woven in with Richie’s tour, she will be performing a series of intimate coffee shops gigs, travel to Belgium and Holland whilst gearing up for a festive Christmas tour with long-time collaborator Roo Walker. A new album is also in the works, with Philippa writing and recording alongside Grammy-winning producer Eliot Kennedy. “As a team, we’ve reached a point where we feel very clear about what we’re doing,” she says of the recording process. Those lucky enough to catch Philippa supporting Lionel Richie will be among the first to hear the new material.

‘I Am Amazing’ is available now as a free text-to-download single: Text “AMAZING” to 60444. 

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