Bio

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“Bathing in the sound of her voice and music while coming along on her lyrical journey is hands-down one of my favorite experiences.” –Jay DeRosa, long-time fan

Hannah Stokes is an indie-folk singer-songwriter in Orlando, FL. Influenced by the jazz-infused folk songwriting of Joni Mitchell mixed with the sweet folk-pop sound of Maggie Rogers, she brings with her a soulful voice that radiates throughout a room and original songs that explore powerful personal stories, reaching an audience eager to connect with her music.

Hannah exudes an earnest sincerity that is a can’t-miss experience. Through emotional and meaningful performances, she can captivate anyone’s attention and bring together those around her to not only share what is spilling from her heart, but to also provide a sense of connection among anyone listening in.

The inspiration behind Hannah’s music stems from the difficulty of understanding and processing the events in life that have shaped her into who she has become as she has transitioned into young adulthood. To cope with the strangeness, newness, and sometimes pain of existence, she dissects her experiences into bite-sized pieces in the form of poems and songs, encapsulating an experience, thought, or feeling in words and music to achieve a sense of grounding and acceptance within her circumstances. For Hannah, songwriting is a way to reconcile who she has been, who she is becoming, and who she wants to be. In the same way, Hannah hopes that her music can be a vehicle of process and healing for the lives of others, providing the comfort of connection while they dissect their own experiences and feelings.

Hannah’s latest single “Holiday” provides a glimpse into her introspective world as she explores what it means to truly love and truly be loved through poetic lyrics, stripped-down instrumentation, and lush vocal harmonies. “Holiday” is the first single of many to be released during the Summer of 2022 as a part of the Hollow Bones EP: her first major release since her debut in 2015.

The youthful sound of her freshman EP, Something Along the Lines Of, explores five original songs that tell their own individual and personal stories while showcasing Hannah’s warm voice and acoustic sound.

As a performer, Hannah has made her way across the Orlando area, playing local venues like Will’s Pub, The Social, and HENAO as well as theme parks and festivals such as Orlando Wine Fest and Central Florida Earth Day Fest. She regularly performs with various local groups like cover duo Brian + Hannah, Brian G’s JamFam, the energetic 80’s style Yacht Rock group Estate Sale Boat, and the Video Game Music band GG Cat.

A blossoming jazz vocalist, Hannah has shared the stage with big bands such as The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, the Orlando Jazz Orchestra, and Jukebox Saturday Night. She has also been awarded scholarships from the Central Florida Jazz Society‘s Scholarship Competition 3 years in a row, winning 2nd place in 2021, 2nd place in 2020, and 4th place in 2019.

Hannah continues to develop her personal sound and cultivate Orlando’s vibrant music scene by bringing together other local talent for exciting performances and inspiring collaborations. Her voice can be heard on indie-pop artist Nicholas Roberts‘ rendition of Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” as well as his original song “Hard Times (Gold),” which aired on an episode of Teen Mom 2 in March 2019.

In addition to being an avid performer and writer, Hannah is also a passionate student and teacher. She began her formal music education at Valencia College in Orlando, FL studying Jazz Vocal Performance under acclaimed jazz vocalist Michelle Mailhot. During this time, she gained experience in musical theater, contemporary religious music, commercial music, and recording arts.

After her time at Valencia College, she went on to study at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL where she focused on both Classical and Contemporary Music under the tutelage of soprano Anna Eschbach.

The impact that these educators and institutions had on Hannah inspired her to become a teacher herself. Since 2018, Hannah has been applying her experience and education to instruct private lessons for a variety of instruments. Hannah teaches voice, piano, guitar, and ukulele as well as music theory and composition.

Go behind the scenes with Hannah in the Life & Lyric Letter!