VIDEO: Pledge to sing on Philippa Hanna’s album

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FAN power is helping Sheffield’s singer songwriter Philippa Hanna hit the big time – with supporters pledging cash for unique opportunities, including the chance to sing on her next album, writes Graham Walker.

That would cost you £100.

Core idea: Philippa Hannah is looking for pledges for new album.

Core idea: Philippa Hannah is looking for pledges for new album.

But you can help make her dreams come true, with much needed funding towards her next album, by pledging from as little as £10 - which will get you a signed copy of it, called Through The Woods.

Pledge £500 and the 28-year-old, who recently wowed arena audiences as Lionel Richie’s support act, will perform a concert just for you on her upcoming national tour.

And for £1,000 you can even write and record a song with Philippa, who is working with the city’s Grammy award winning producer Eliot Kennedy at The Foundry, a brand new extension to his world famous studio, The Steelworks.

But the clock is ticking.

Music legend: Philippa with Lionel Richie.

Music legend: Philippa with Lionel Richie.

Philippa, of Handsworth, already has 97 backers, pledging a current total of £3,641. But she must meet her pledge target of £10,000 by Tuesday, February 12 - or the pledges don’t have to be honoured.

It’s part of a Kickstarter scheme, a web based funding platform to encourage pledge deadlines to help creative projects, at www.kickstarter.com.

VIDEO: Press the play button to watch Philippa explain the pledge funding scheme and get a sneak preview of her new album.

Philippa, who started out playing coffee shops and church halls, was plucked from virtual obscurity to take the spotlight on music legend Lionel Richie’s 11 date UK tour, which included a date in front of 10,000 people at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena.

It’s resulted in more new fans than ever and her bid to record a new album.

Lighthouse, one of the tracks, has already been getting Radio 2 air play and she performed it earlier this month on BBC1’s Songs of Praise.

“We need £10,000 to help market the album and take it to the next level. But if I don’t hit the pledge target the Kickstarter project ends and it would be like waving goodbye to the pledges. But I’m hoping and praying people will give me their support,’’ she told The Star.

“Artistes have to be creative these days to get a record made. I don’t have a record label at this stage to market the album I’m making, so we’re counting on loyal fans and friends to help us to take things to the next level.

“In return, I’m offering all kinds of unique things, ranging from signed CDs to gigs, vocal lessons and even giving people the chance to perform on the album.

“The financial backing will not only help us complete the album but open doors to new audiences.”

Philippa, dressed in a Red Riding Hood style cloak for the fantasy art work for Through The Woods, describes the album - due out on April 8 - as a Twilight inspired collection of her own songs. Now she’s hoping for a fairytale ending.

She said: “I’d describe Through The Woods as a whimsical, folk inspired adventure, a mysterious journey into the unknown and out into daylight on the other side. There are lots of hints towards famous folk tales with themes of poisoned apples, kings and princes, cherry coloured coats and sailors lost at sea. I’ve always loved story time and this is my own collection of tales.”

* For details of Philippa’s other gigs and to buy her albums visit www.philippahanna.co.uk. Also follow her on Twitter at @Philippahanna and Facebook, at www.facebook.com/philippahanna.

PLEDGE YOUR SUPPORT TO PHILIPPA - HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN GET IN RETURN:

£10: Signed copy of forthcoming CD Through The Woods.
£15: Signed CD and photo.
£20: Exclusive new song, as a MP3, plus signed CD and photo.
£30: Attend the album launch in Sheffield on Wednesday, March 27 - plus signed pre-release CD.
£40: Own Philippa’s entire catalogue of music - albums Through The Woods, Watching Me, Taste, Out Of The Blue and DVD Live at the Lantern.

£50: A copy of hand written lyrics to her song, I Am Amazing, plus signed album.

£75: Limited edition printed canvas from Philippa’s Through The Woods photo shoot, plus signed CD.
£100: Appear on the album - join a choir of voices and have your name on the credits, t&c apply, session will take place in Sheffield
£150: Limited edition

Career Diary, with never-

before seen photos, press clippings, handwritten lyric

sheets, plus a signed CD.
£200: Two hour vocal master-class with Philippa, plus two signed CDs.
£500: Philippa will perform a concert for you on her upcoming 5-date coffee shop Espresso tour, in June - plus five signed CDs.
£1,000: Write and record a song with Philippa in the studio...you also get 10 personally signed CDs. 

Make a pledge now at www.kickstarter.com/projects/philippa/philippa-hannas-new-album.

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