Hannah Miller

Hannah Miller

 Nashville, Tennessee, USA
BandR&BSoul

"Like Brandi Carlile and Rachael Yamagata, Southern songstress Hannah Miller is blessed with a modern old-timey sound. Instantly captivating...Miller makes every note count."

-Performing Songwriter

Biography

In the modern haystack of independent art Hannah Miller’s needle shines. With songs as soulful as the deep south, as soothing as a glass of rich red wine, and as sultry as an August evening in her native Alabama, her music is slowly finding its way. Miller’s song “Keep It Simple” was licensed by NBC for the prime-time medical drama Mercy and outfits like American Songwriter, Performing Songwriter Magazine, Lilith Faire, MTV, The International Songwriting Competition and iTunes’ “Indie Spotlight” have all taken notice.
Miller’s literate style blends blues, folk and gospel which, when led by her disarmingly intimate alto, feel immediately familiar and compelling. Numerous magazines and blogs have taken note. Reviewers have fallen over themselves looking for comparisons. Names like Neko Case, Feist, Rachel Yamagata, Liz Phair, Brandi Carlile and Basia Bulat are regularly referenced. She has held her own when opening for Langhorne Slim, Landon Pigg, Elizabeth Cook, and others and has cultivated a passionate following around the country. Miller successfully funded an ambitious multi-year release plan through her growing tribe of faithful fans. The series will include three EPs (the third of which, Doubters and Dreamers, released June, 2012) and a forthcoming vinyl compilation. Miller has worked with several acclaimed producers, including Ian Fitchuk, Justin Loucks, Neilson Hubbard and Grammy Award winner Mitch Dane. She writes with many of Nashville’s finest and has her sights set on a long and meaningful career.

Winner, MTV/Ourstage.com Needle in the Haystack Competition
Winner, Lilith Fair Talent Search Competition
Finalist, International Songwriting Competition
Feature, Itunes Indie Spotlight
Feature, American Songwriter "Daily Discovery"
Feature, Performing Songwriter "DIY Picks"
Feature, Cover Story, Performer Magazine Feb. 2011 issue

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In the modern haystack of independent art Hannah Miller’s needle shines. With songs as soulful as the deep south, as soothing as a glass of rich red wine, as stirring as a wept prayer in a rural chapel and as sultry as an August evening in her native Alabama, her music is slowly finding its way.
Miller’s song “Keep It Simple” was licensed by NBC for the prime-time medical drama Mercy and outfits like Performing Songwriter Magazine, Lilith Faire, MTV, The International Songwriting Competition and iTunes’ “Indie Spotlight” have all taken notice. “I’m in no hurry,” she says of the five year journey that has seen the release of three EPs and one full-length LP and hundreds of live concerts throughout the south, southwest and Midwest, “But I am eager.” Having relocated to Columbia, South Carolina after college, she called that area home until relocating to Nashville in 2010. “These years have been about development,” she adds. “I’ve learned a lot about perfecting both the craft and the business of a career in the music industry, but in a lot of ways I feel like I’m just getting started." 
Miller’s literate style blends blues, folk and gospel which, when led by her disarmingly intimate alto, feel immediately familiar and compelling. Numerous magazines and blogs have taken note. Reviewers have fallen over themselves looking for comparisons. Names like Neko Case, Feist, Rachel Yamagata, Liz Phair, Brandi Carlile and Basia Bulat are regularly referenced. She has held her own when opening for Langhorne Slim, Landon Pigg, Elizabeth Cook, Josh Joplin, Shannon Whitworth and others and has cultivated a passionate following around the country. Drawing inspiration from many of her heroes’ music as well as their tenacity in the face of a declining music industry, Miller is genuinely grateful to have a seat at the table. "This new world for artists is very exciting. I know there is always a lot to learn and I know I’m definitely not the first to walk in these shoes, but they do feel like a right fit for me.” 
The audience seems to agree. Miller successfully funded an ambitious multi-year release plan through her growing tribe of faithful fans. The series will include three EPs (the second of which, O Black River, releases Sept 27th) and a forthcoming vinyl compilation. Leaving no virtual stone unturned she has diligently employed every on-line tool available to her. Her first two videos have turned heads on YouTube with a sense of style and production value that seem positively major-label in their quality. “I’m amazed at the response we’ve seen to the videos and the Kickstarter campaign,” she says. “It’s great to know that the work I’ve put in so far is so appreciated, and to have the next year all laid out for me.”
Miller has worked with several acclaimed producers, including Ian Fitchuk, Justin Loucks, Neilson Hubbard and Grammy Award winner Mitch Dane. She writes with many of Nashville’s finest and has her sights set on a long and meaningful career. While she is always open to discussions with record labels, publishers, booking agents and managers,

Lyrics

O Black River

Written By: Miller/Hubbard

oh black river
oh black river
come wash over me
I'll stay under your rushing water
until i come up clean
I've heard the healing of your power
can make a blind man see
oh black river
oh black river
come wash over me

Oh black river
i've been standing for too long on your shore
in that place i felt the weight of all the hurt i bore
but you run dark with the stains from hearts
of sinners who've come before
oh black river is there room for just one more

Oh black river
I often wander through the valley of thorns
among the thieves beside the whores
lives broke and torn
would you rise your banks, flood the plains
for the lowly and forlorn
oh black river
drown me here and I will be reborn

Just Like Him

Written By: Hannah Miller

Just like Him

my father is a steady quiet man

chooses his words carefully, hardly ever shows his hand

they tell me I am just like him but there are things about us both I don't understand

i guess i've just had a lot on my mind these days
i've just had a lot on my mind

i said i needed time to sort it all out

give me space to clear my head I'll come around

but doubters and dreamers have a hard time making plans

I hope you understand

that i've just had a lot on my mind lately

Little Bit-- Includes Chords

Written By: Hannah Miller/Neilson Hubbard

Little Bit

intro- Bb Eb

Bb Eb
little bit of fence kept the fox from the hen
Bb F
little bit of light kept the night from crowding in
Bb F Bb
little bit just a little bit is enough

little bit of love made the world go round
little bit of sugar helped the meds go down
little bit just a lil bit is enough

Eb Bb
everyones racing everyones chasing
Gm F Bb
after things out of their hands
Eb Bb
so many chapters from here to ever after
Gm F Eb
don't matter what we don't understand
F Bb
hold on to the little bit that you can

(intro)

little bitty spark caught the forest on fire
little bitty look filled my heart w/ desire
little bit just a lil bit is enough

Discography

Doubters and Dreamers, June 2012
O Black River, EP, Sept. 2011
Journey to the Moon, EP, 2010
Somewhere In Between, EP 2009
Into The Black, LP 2008
Storms of Summer, EP 2006

Set List

Typically 40-50 minute shows, 90% original tunes