“...strange and emotive...”
— Independent Music Reviews
“charisma of a seasoned music veteran”
— The Prowl Radio
Americana-soul songstress Hannah Rooth entered the scene with first release Wild Hum (September 2019), recorded with friends Adrian Avalos (guitar) and April Faith-Slaker (cello). Her meeting of Anaheim producer Mitch Maanao spurred the creation of her second work, Strong and Tender, releasing in winter of 2020. Described as “strange, emotive,” “desolate and desperate,” both collections expose Rooth’s bold and relatable inner journey. Fresh and prolific, she brings much to the American music scene and shows no signs of slowing down.
Much of Rooth’s musical influence comes from her childhood in Pacific Northwest Washington, drawing tonal and thematic similarities to iconic regional bands (Death Cab for Cutie, Fleet Foxes, The Postal Service). As a teen, she listened to Norah Jones and Amy Winehouse, and she references both as the women who “taught her to sing.” Their influence comes through in her own vocal style, thick with dynamism, passion, and sweetness. Jeff Buckley, Ray Lamontagne, and Adele are other key vocal influences.
Hannah’s released music conjures Lana Del Rey: breathy, soft, and melancholic with layered personal storytelling. Her songs and performances compare to Florence + the Machine: authentic and bold and melodic. But, lacking any formal training, her music is foremost her own: a raw and surprisingly powerful expression of her life story. In sharing her journey of coming out as queer, leaving her childhood religion, and navigating emotional trauma and divorce, she hopes to embolden listeners to “enter their darkness” and build power in their lives.
Rooth aspires to use music to build communal power through intimate connection. Her project “Wild Community,” which will showcase the creative work of listeners and visual artists, launches alongside the Strong and Tender EP, and she invites you to participate. You can find Hannah weaving webs of musical inspiration and social change in Orange County, CA.