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Singer's pledge to take music to the next level

By Somerset Guardian  |  Posted: December 12, 2013

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Former Chew Valley School pupil Hannah Bristow, from Chew Magna, has made an album and is now trying to raise money from the public through Pledge Music to take it to the next level.

She said: "This is not just asking for money from people. Everyone who pledges gets some great 'exclusives' In return!

"This is what makes it different from normal fan fundraising."

Hannah, whose band Hannah and The Heartbreak, plans to release the album next March said: "We initially had 90 days to raise the funds we need, and currently we have just 40 days to raise the money , so time is of the essence. That's why I'm calling on you lovely folk to help me."

Hannah also wants to donate a percentage of their pledge fund to UNICEF War Child to help the Syrian children which, she says, is really important to her.

"Everything that is going on in Syria is dreadful and I just wanted to donate.

"Music can be so self orientated so if I can give back something so it balances it out, that is good."

Hannah has been very busy over the last four years, since leaving Somerset for London.

She set up and managed Live/Work Rehearsal and Art Studios in the North London warehouse where she lived.

The profits from her business funded her album.

After two years of hard work writing, recording and producing songs, which she co-produced with classically trained Hungarian born musician Levi Szendro and Jack in the Box Studios, she finally finished her debut album entitled Open Heart Surgery.

She is using the innovative online Pledge Music initiative to raise funds for PR and marketing to help all her hard work come to fruition.

"I don't just want it to be lost in a sea of artists," she said.

"I want my work to be acknowledged in some way and I am going to try my hardest to make this happen.

"It is the only way, by hard work and determination and faith in yourself and what you produce.

"My goal has always been to be on the Jools Holland show."

Her manager Dylan White discovered Hannah and The Heartbreak on Amazing Radio when he was a judge for a competition.

Hannah and The Heartbreak's song The Gate won Tune of 2012.

She said: "After a great reaction to our EP, which contains the song Unstuck which was played on Gary Crowley's BBC Introducing radio show, we now need the best possible press and marketing for our debut album in time for the release date in March 2014.

"We don't have long to get this show on the road.

"As well as press and marketing we need the album mastered, and also need funding for two music videos.

"This is where I am calling on everyone, who would like to be part of making this happen, with Pledge Music, this new and wonderful platform for independent musicians."

Pledge Music offers a much needed leg up to help artists such as Hannah, and helps to generate the funds that record company's would usually invest.

"This enables the fans to be a fundamental part of our progression as a band and have direct credit for our success," said Hannah.

"I would like to give people the opportunity to get involved in helping get PR and marketing via Pledge Music, which enables musicians like myself to independently raise money to create, promote an album, and anything to do with music."

If you go to the Pledge Music site you can see that Hannah is offering some great exclusive ways of being involved or gaining something from your pledge.

She said: "Just some of the opportunities that can come from your pledge could be a handmade CD cover with original illustrations, or you could sit in on our studio sessions.

"You may want to pledge to receive or to have a singing lesson, or a songwriting session, or even have your name in the credits. You can even book a gig for an event."

There are many more wonderful exclusives being offered as pledges, which you can buy at the price advertised on the site.

Pledges range from £8 to £3,000.

As a child Hannah, who is the daughter of Myra and Richard Bristow of Chew Magna, went to Chew Stoke primary school then Chew Valley Comprehensive, before attending the Bath Spa University, where she gained a BA Honors in Commercial Music.

She said: "This is a new and fantastic way of interacting with us. It's not just about listening but its about being part of the journey we are on, so we welcome you and can't wait to show you the new tracks we have been working on, please get involved."

If you would like to find out more and make a pledge visit www.pledgemusic.com/ artists/hannahandtheheartbreak. For more visit www.hannahandtheheartbreak.com.

Ros Anstey

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