CAMERAS were rolling at Endcliffe Park as local singer Philippa Hanna returned to her hometown this week to film her latest music video.
And dozens of Sheffielders got the chance to shine alongside her, after the 28-year-old singer appealed on Facebook for fans to come and join her.
More than 40 extras showed up at Endcliffe Park on Monday in fancy dress and brightly-coloured outfits to appear in the video for her forthcoming single The Daffodil Song.
“We wanted to give the people of Sheffield the chance to be part of our own musical journey,” Philippa told The Star.
“We were filming the video for a brand new track and we asked Sheffield fans to come along and help us to make it amazing.” Even Philippa’s mum and niece, who live in nearby Barnsley where Philippa was born, got in on the action. Philippa added: “It was so much fun filming with my friends, some of my family and so many fans in the park. I wish we could do it every Monday!”
The Daffodil Song is a track on the singer’s upcoming fourth album ‘Through The Woods,’ which she recorded here in the city with Sheffield producer Eliot Kennedy, at his Steelworks Studio on Brown Street.
Philippa’s manager Andy Barker said: “It’s such a warm, summery, quirky song and we loved the idea of showing Philippa dancing and having fun in Sheffield with her fans, right where the track was created.
“The weather wasn’t great on the day and we did have a few spots of rain, but luckily everybody was so up for a good time, it didn’t dampen any spirits.
“We had a really great group of people, some who had travelled from Nottingham and North Yorkshire to meet Philippa and take part in the video.
“It was also great for Philippa to have some familiar faces there; her family, friends and quite a lot of fans she recognised from various gigs.”
Sheffielders will be able to see the video - which shows them dancing, running around with dogs and playing with hoola hoops and pogo sticks - sometime before summer.
“There’s a good chance The Daffodil Song could be the next single,” said Andy.
“It’s definitely a contender, which means it could be out as early as the end of the month.”
Philippa, an established folk and gospel artist, recently performed to tens of thousands of fans as support act on Lionel Richie’s UK arena tour. She has also been invited to appear as a guest on Good Morning Sunday on BBC Radio 2, on May 26, between 7am and 9am.
Andy added: “She’s doing really great right now and, with this album, she’s definitely taking a step into a slightly more commercial and poppy sound which we think her fans will love.”
And Philippa is also looking for somebody to join her team for 12 months as part of an exciting new Gap Year project.
Her team is looking for individuals with an interest in music, events management, social media and marketing to join them from September 2013 to September 2014, when they will receive training from Sheffield’s Sound Consultancy team in music management and promotion.
The Sound Consultancy team, which handles a number of UK artists, are specialists in Artist Development, giving acts a much-needed vehicle to drive their music forward, through music, mentoring, branding and promotion.
If you’re aged 18 or over and would like to apply for the Gap Year position, where you will receive one-to-one mentoring and support, send a CV to firstname.lastname@example.org before May 31.
In your covering email, tell Philippa why you would like to join her team.
Contact Philippa’s manager Andy Barker on 0114 3279464 for more information.