Local girl, 14, finds passion in the music. STATE COLLEGE — Hannah Richardson, a 14-year-old singer/songwriter, has been on the rise to fame in the music industry for most of her life.
“When I was 6 years old, I got involved with church choir and absolutely loved it,” said Hannah. “One Sunday, I got a solo. Strangely enough, someone was in the church audience that told me they were looking for a girl my age for a job to be in 25 shows.”
Her parents deemed her too young for a paying job in the entertainment business, but she strived to get the job. “I even made a PowerPoint presentation,” she said.
That really kicked everything off for her, and the shows just kept coming. Her love for performing in front of crowds stemmed from her performances in church choir, and it was there that she found her passion for the music industry.
On Jan. 17, Hannah performed in the Mid-Atlantic Songwriters Contest. For the competition, writers submit their works and have them performed in front of an audience.
Hannah found the connection through an oral surgeon. “Dr. Collins reached out to my dad and said that he just met someone from Nashville who mentioned he was a songwriter.”
That man was Mike McGee, who has gained his own fame in the industry.
McGee explained that his song “Diamond” was entered in the competition, and when his singer couldn’t make it, the random coincidence with the oral surgeon and Hannah turned into a random opportunity.
“We met two weeks ago. He played his music, I played mine; it was a weird roundabout way of it happening,” said Hannah, who especially enjoys country music.
Hannah has also performed at the Apollo Theater, an amazing achievement for a 14 year old.
“God does things for a reason,” Hannah said. “I was about 10 or 11 when me and my mom were looking for singing competitions online. We found the Apollo competition for a Broadway night. Me and my mom submitted a video on the last day.”
Hannah and her family were flying down to Nashville for another competition when they received the call that she was needed for the Apollo competition the following week. She said it is crazy when these gigs snowball one after another, but it only refuels her passion.
“I didn’t win the competition, but the director told me that if I wanted to come back that I could. That initial competition was in March; I came back in September because another competition started then. When I came back the second time, I won,” she said.
Hannah kept winning competitions at the Apollo and racking up her performances there, working her way up to bigger and more prestigious competitions.
“There’s something incredible when you sing,” she said. “Particularly me, coming from a small town, performing in front of an audience that stands up in the end when you sing, yells out when you sing a good note, there’s something rewarding.”