“Here's the story so far...”
At the heart of the musical collective known as Hannah’s Yard lies the voice of singer Hannah Layton Turner.
Supported by BBC Introducing and played on BBC Radio Two alongside numerous regional/independent radio stations, Hannah and her musicians released their debut album in 2017.
At 14 years old, schoolgirl Hannah Layton Turner, was taken by her mum to a local recording studio where she was to record a moving song for her Grandad’s funeral. When she opened her mouth to sing, the producers were left speechless…for all the right reasons! Hannah progressed through her schooling but her beautifully understated voice would not leave creatives Barnaby Pinny and James Reader, who had witnessed it those years ago. Hannah was invited back to the studio several times and by the age of 17, this unique vocal talent felt ready to embark upon an exciting musical journey: the collective Hannah’s Yard was born.
From the first release...
An official launch of the song was expedited and by February 2016, following a live performance on his BBC Radio Oxford show, Alex Lester played ‘Why Would I Know’ on his Radio Two programme. Hannah’s Yard went on to appear on Robert Elms’ BBC Radio London show at the end of February marking a remarkable six months of progress for Hannah and her musicians.
“I think that’s absolutely gorgeous!”
Alex Lester, BBC Radio Two
Robert Elms, BBC Radio London
“Really lovely, lovely voice…and she’s gorgeous as well!”
Justine Greene, BBC Radio Coventry & Warwickshire
“We love you at this radio station, we really do!”
Justin Dealey, BBC Three Counties Radio
The music video to ‘Close Enough’ received over 15,000 views in just four weeks and saw support from nearly half of all BBC regional radio stations. Janice Long played the song on her Radio Two show and industry professionals continued to recognise that a considerable debut album is on its way:
"Excellent work as always!"
Paul Carrack, International Singer/Songwriter