The late August edition of Local Spins on WYCE boasted Laine’s in-studio visit and regional music by The Hacky Turtles, Emma Loo, 78 Revolutions Per Minute, Rick Chyme & Nixon, Melophobix and more.
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Years of piano lessons didn’t really click for Hannah Laine until she started exploring genres other than classical music.
“I was into pop years ago, and over time, I’ve gotten more into jazz and R&B and neo-soul,” she says of her process of musical discovery. “That’s the music that drives me, so I know that’s the music that I’m meant to create.”
After graduating from Michigan State University and releasing her debut neo-soul EP, “Cut Your Strings,” Laine has performed regularly across West Michigan as a solo artist, in a duo and with a band whenever possible.
“I moved to Grand Rapids and tried to get one of those adult jobs and realized I just want to play music,” she said. “I love the Grand Rapids music scene. Everyone is so supportive here. It’s a very tight-knit community.”
Laine, aka Hannah Schroeder, brought a couple of those supportive musicians — bassist Nico Simon and drummer Martel Posey — to WYCE for this week’s edition of Local Spins on WYCE, performing the songs “Wake Up” and “We are Light.” Watch the video for “Wake Up” here with the full podcast below.
VIDEO: Hannah Laine, “Wake Me Up” (Local Spins on WYCE)
Laine and her band will perform at 5 p.m. Saturday as part of the Beer City Bike Fest, which runs from noon to 10 p.m. outside of Spoke Folks, 221 Logan St. SW. Also performing will be Cabildo, Les Creatif, Jesse Ray & The Carolina Catfish, The Hoplites, Lady Ace Boogie and Bike Tuff. The event will also feature a bike parade, other activities, a beer tent and more. Get details online here.
Building on her first release, Laine is currently writing new music with Grand Rapids bassist Justin Avdek (The Underground Circus).
“We have this idea of creating something in the future and starting to record an album together,” she said. “Right now I’m just trying to be the most authentic self I can be.”
In addition to Saturday’s Beer City Bike Fest appearance, Laine performs Sept. 13 at The B.O.B. in downtown Grand Rapids and Sept. 27 at Unruly Brewing in Muskegon.
Friday’s Local Spins on WYCE — Episode No. 154 — also featured new tracks by Bronze Wolf (aka Eric Tempelaere), Cameron Blake, The Hacky Turtles, Billy Strings and Lipstick Jodi, as well as music from Emma Loo, 78 Revolutions Per Minute, Melophobix and Rick Chyme & Nixon. Listen to the full podcast here.
PODCAST: Local Spins on WYCE with Hannah Laine (8/25/17)
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