On the Rise; Tampa Bay Area Singer/Songwriter, Hana-Li, Emerges 'From the Dark'

Up and coming Tampa Bay area singer/songwriter, Hana-li, preps for her debut EP release on August 21st at Crowbar in Ybor City.

Tampa, FL, August 12, 2010 --(PR.com)-- Talented, bright-eyed singer/songwriter, Hana-li, is an artist not to be taken lightly. The New York born starlet’s lyrics are haunting yet inspirational as she weaves through stories of human triumphs and travails and the never-ending search of finding our true inner potential. With a wide range of vocal ability and influences, she seamlessly incorporates genres as varied as alternative, rock, pop, progressive and classical. Hana-li has something for everyone.

“I want to inspire millions of people to make a difference in themselves, their families, their friends and in turn, the world,” says Hana-li. “That is why I sing, why I write and why I live.”

Singing since the age of 2, Hana-li has always known that this was what she was born to do. Her influences include an array of artists such as Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Justin Nozuka, Bonnie Raitt, Three Days Grace, Jason Mraz, John Mayer, Prince, Joe Cocker, James Taylor, Hans Zimmer, Anjelique Kidjou, Jim Sturgess, Cirque du Soleil, Paramore, Celine Dion and Aretha Franklin.

It is with these sources of inspiration that she poured her heart, mind and soul into her debut EP, 'From The Dark'. Comprised of 5 songs, the EP gives a full taste of where she's been and what lies ahead for this new artist.

“Her many talents and her ability to make it go right have always made her one of my favorite singers to work with and are a mark of her professionalism,” says Music Director/Arranger/Bassist, Matt Lorentzen. “This has made her a favorite, not only with her fans, but with every musician and band director I've seen work with her.”

Hana-li’s music and performances have always been about the communication and connection with her audience. “I never want to take them for granted because it's not a one way street. I give them something to lift them up and in turn I get their smiling faces and a better world,” says Hana-li.

The 'From The Dark' EP release show will be held on Saturday, August 21st at Crowbar in Ybor City/Tampa from 8:00pm – 12:00am. The show is all ages, $8.00 cover at the door. Opening acts include St. Pete based band, Oceana (Rise Records).

About Hana-li:
Hana-li began signing at the young age of 2 performing for her parents and their friends in the living room of their home. Hana-li’s mom saw how passionate she was for singing and communicating to people and encouraged her to follow her dream. Hana-li spent two years singing back up for Isaac Hayes, Kate Ceberano and Doug E. Fresh and has also sung with Chick Corea and Mark Isham. She has traveled all over the world performing in Florida, St. Louis, Dallas, New York, Los Angeles, San Jose and San Fransisco, the Caribbean, England, Suriname (South America) and Mali, Swaziland and Lesotho (Africa), where she sang for the king.

Hana-li started writing her own songs five years ago to take her career to the next level. Hana-li’s style consists mainly of alternative/rock but also has bits of pop, soul, progressive and classical. Her biggest influences are Michael Jackson and The Beatles for their level of dedication to their craft as well as mankind, which has always been Hana-li’s true motivation.

Ferris Stith