Guest Playlist: Hannah Gill

December 17, 2016 • Music

18-year-old Hannah Gill plays a spirited brand of lo-fi, soul-inspired rock ‘n’ roll that exudes a lifetime of experience on the sea. Hannah moved to New York City from Maryland after graduating from high school, but she still feels connected to the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico (she also spent time living in North Carolina and Texas): “I grew up around the water,” she tells Eastern Surf Magazine. “It has always been part of my creative process. Water gives people life, it strengthens my passions, and surfing helps me get closer to that energy the ocean possesses.”

Hannah Gill and Brad Hammonds. Photo: HyperFocal

Hannah’s debut EP (appropriately titled The Water) with her band The Hours, formed with collaborator Brad Hammonds, came out in May. But instead of focusing on herself, she opted to curate a guest playlist for making it through the winter. We couldn’t let her slide by without highlighting her tunes, though, so check out her single “Change In Blue” below before she offers up some of her favorites. And remember, this isn’t your average 18-year-old — 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. As she told Rookie Mag earlier this spring, “I was always really big into jazz — I listened to Nina Simone — [and] I was a big blues fan, lots of B.B. King and Otis Redding. I was born in North Carolina, and then I lived in Texas for a few years, so being exposed to all the Southern rock and blues affected that. I was drawn to it. When my taste matured, I listened to more Aretha Franklin and Billie Holiday, and Etta James. It’s always been the style of music I was drawn to, and I think because of that, it shows through in the music.”

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