Hannah’s incredible rise from busker to international YouTube star

English singer-songwriter Hannah Trigwell began her amazing musical journey busking on the streets of her home town of Leeds in the North of England. She started using YouTube because she “simply loved making music and wanted to share it with people.” Hannah began by uploading covers and when she started gaining fans she switched to putting out her original material. Thanks to YouTube exposure, ‘Headrush’, Hannah’s first ever single went to number one in Vietnam which was thrilling for her. “How many people can say that in their lives?” she says. While she was in her final year of university reading Biology, Hannah released two more EPs and today, Hannah’s performances have been viewed 40 million times. One song alone, a cover of Sam Smith’s ‘Stay With Me’ has hit over seven million views which, Hannah says, “blows my mind.” Hannah’s runaway YouTube success has led to her touring the UK several times and she’s been invited to support acts like Josh Kumra, Boyce Avenue, Jake Bugg, Alex Groot, Wretch 32 and Lawson. “Everything I’ve done in music has come indirectly from something I’ve done on YouTube. Someone has seen one of my videos, really liked it and thought I would be good to open for them on tour,” Hannah says. Looking back over the past four years since she started on YouTube, Hannah’s happy to admit that “More than any other pop form I’ve used, YouTube is the reason I’ve changed from being a shy teenage wannabe and it’s definitely helped me become better at what I do.”

Everything I’ve done in music has come indirectly from something I’ve done on YouTube. It’s the reason I’ve changed from just being a shy teenage wannabe.

Hannah Trigwell, singer-songwriter, Hannah Trigwell

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