Hannah Rand
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Hannah Rand

Nashville, Tennessee, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2005 | SELF

Nashville, Tennessee, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2005
Solo Pop Singer/Songwriter

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"ME YOU & HER RAISES MONEY FOR CHICAGO FOOD BANKS"

December 20, 2013 (CHICAGO) -- A trio of young singers is doing its part to spread holiday cheer -- all while helping to feed the hungry. The group, called Me You & Her, uses music to raise money for the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
Olivia Harris, Alaina Stacey and Hannah Rand have been singing together since 2010 when their parents encouraged them to join voices for a church program. They all attend the LaSalle Street Church and were frequent volunteers at the church's weekly restaurant-style soup kitchen. They say the experience leaves an enduring impression.

"It was just the most unique soup kitchen experience that I have ever seen. To have our guests come in and people would sit with them and talk with them and it was just so concentrated on the community and making this a nice experience for our guests," Stacey said.

Last year, they recorded a version of "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" as the group Me You & Her and donated the proceeds from every iTunes download to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Since the depository supplies their church with food, they saw a partnership as an easy fit.

"Especially during the Christmas time in the cold, people in Chicago are on the streets and I don't think that's fair and I think that donating to the Greater Chicago Food Depository will help to change that," Harris said.

This year, Me You & Her recorded an entire CD of Christmas songs. It's free to download and all tips will help to feed the hungry.

"It's something that we've always hoped for, that music would be something that gives you hope, but now it's actually giving money and that was really amazing," Rand said.

Download "A Lil' More Christmas" at noisetrade.com/meyouher/a-lil-more-christmas for free. By clicking on "leave a tip," donations go to the Chicago Food Depository.

You can also help the hungry through ABC7's Spirit of Giving Food Drive benefitting the Greater Chicago Food Depository and Northern Illinois Food Bank. Click here for details . - ABC 7 Eyewitness News


"OPRF student's song to a friend helped win a trip to the Grammys"

Last Sunday's Grammy awards ceremony in Los Angeles featured superstars performing their super hits.

The day before, many of those stars performing on the show did their usual rehearsals to polish their performances. OPRF student Hannah Rand was there watching every moment of it.

Rand, who's also a singer and songwriter herself, attended the pre-award ceremonies with her parents, having won a songwriting contest sponsored by the Grammys' foundation.

The "Teens Make Music" contest was co-sponsored by Partnership for DrugFree.org. The contestants had to write a song about how to steer teens away from drugs. Rand, who turns 18 on Friday, wrote a song about her friend and Oak Park and River Forest High School classmate who's struggling with drugs.

"I didn't want to write a song just explaining about how not to do drugs," said Rand, about her winning song titled, "Start Over." "I wanted to do more than just that. I decided to write about my friend who does drugs and drinks a lot. I'm really concerned about her but I don't feel like I can talk to her about that because I don't want it to ruin our friendship.

"I think she's perfect the way she is and doesn't have to do that," Rand said, adding that she doesn't think her friend has heard the song yet.

It was last October when Rand submitted the song to the Grammy foundation. A teacher at the high school encouraged Rand to enter, but Rand knew nothing about it. She wrote the song in a day and recorded it in her makeshift studio in her basement. She learned last month that she'd won. Along with money and gifts, the first place prize included a trip to L.A. to attend several pre-award activities.

Rand spent most of last Saturday with her parents, Lenora and Gary, watching the rehearsals. One of Rand's favorite artists, Kelly Clarkson, rehearsed.

"It was awesome," Rand said. "It was pretty cool to see them as they act off of TV. And you get a chance to see how talented they actually are and that they're able to really sing.

"They do the song four or five times, making sure the lights and sound are right," Rand added. "Some people never get the opportunity to see one concert and I felt like I saw three or four."

Rand and her parents also got a chance to go backstage of the Nokia Theater, getting a tour from a sound technician. They also got a chance to see Rihanna's dressing room. Rand's mom Lenora said it was a once in a lifetime experience to attend the Grammys, even if it wasn't the awards ceremony. It was also fun being there with her daughter, Lenora said.

She and her husband were struggling songwriters when they married, she said. Lenora was the lyricist and Gary, who also performed, wrote the music. After awhile both pursued other careers. Lenora is in advertising and her husband is associate pastor of worship and arts at LaSalle Street Church in Chicago.

"Hannah kind of grew up in this atmosphere and she realized at 12 that she could do this and got really excited," Lenora said.

Rand has been writing ever since. Her website, hannahrandmusic.com, showcases her work, including several music videos she's done. Lenora said she and her husband have encouraged Hannah to pursue her dream. Lenora was also very impressed with her winning song about her friend, whom she also knows.

"It moved me a lot," she said. "She's so able to tap into feelings with her music. She's able to say things in music and her songs that she might not be able to say to people."

Rand describes her music as "folky-pop." And though she didn't get to see all those superstars perform at the Grammy ceremony, she'd like to be up there herself one day.

"I want to be a singer/songwriter," Rand said. "I'd be happy with writing songs and selling them to other artists, but I'd prefer to be a performer and be on stage." - Wednesday Journal


"Oak Park teen goes backstage at Grammys"

An Oak Park teen watched Grammy performers rehearse for last weekend's awards show as one of three musicians who won a national songwriting competition.

Hannah Rand, a senior at Oak Park and River Forest High School, wrote and performed her original song, "Start Over," to win third place in the contest, gaining the chance to watch the Black Keys, Kelly Clarkson and Mumford & Sons and others rehearse in Los Angeles. She also got a backstage tour, including a peek at Rihanna's dressing room, in addition to prizes of $100 and an iPad. - Chicago Tribune


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