Singer lands tour support role with Ricky Ross after Deacon Blue frontman hears her record

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Hannah White.
Hannah White.

ESCAPING domestic abuse. Homelessness, with a baby. Arrest.

These are not typical ingredients for your average song, but Hannah White is neither a typical nor average singer-songwriter.

These real-life events make up the backdrop of her latest album, About Time, which has earned her the praise of - and a UK-wide support tour with - Ricky Ross.

The Deacon Blue frontman, who has just released his solo album Short Stories Vol 2, sent Hannah a personal invitation to join him on the road after playing her latest single, Broken Bird, on his popular BBC Radio Scotland show.

“I still can’t believe it is actually happening," marvels Hannah.

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“Having grown up listening to Ricky's music, it feels like the stuff of dreams. On top of that, the fact that Ricky has heard my music and wants to give me an opportunity based purely on my songs is unbelievable.

"It is simply not the way things work nowadays”.

About Time is Hannah's follow-up to 2020's hugely acclaimed Hannah White and the Nordic Connections, which won rave reviews both nationally and internationally, and a UK Americana Award nomination for UK Album of the Year.

It is a collection of intimate, beautiful and catchy compositions, marking Hannah's debut as the producer of her own work, It was recorded near her home in London, where she also runs the award-winning grassroots music venue The Sound Lounge.

The album includes the single Car Crash, another honest, autobiographical song which is unflinching in its subject matter.

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"Car Crash is about a moment I've spent a lifetime trying to forget,” she explains, referring to a time in her life when she was homeless with a young child. The song is told from the point of view of a mother on the point of losing her daughter. Happily, for Hannah, her situation was resolved, but the anxiety and pain is there for all to hear.

"The song came out of nowhere, like a sign that I was finally ready to remember," she says. "The anxiety in putting it out there is real, but for some reason, confronting it head-on felt like the right thing to do."

The new album contains ten original White compositions augmented by her husband Keiron Marshall's distinctive, often haunting guitar and baritone sound; original Nordic Connections member Lars Hammersland on lyrical piano and Hammond organ; Svein Henning Berstad, another longtime Norwegian collaborator, on bass; and Luca Wade on drums.

Hannah White will be supporting Ricky Ross at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on September 25.