What's new in Nashville?  Not country.  Not even rock.  In fact, it's something completely different and hard to categorize.  Hannah Fairlight - a no-name Midwestern girl turned TV-personality and original music pioneer - is busy paving a Bright Future in Music City.
With two EPs out, a single released by Univseral Big Machine covering Joan Jett's "I Hate Myself For Loving You", a full season starring on prime-time reality TV show "Crazy Hearts", and the part of Veracity in Universal's new Pitch Perfect 3, Fairlight is anything but tiptoeing around since her move to Nashvegas from New York City in 2013.
"I needed somewhere smaller [than NYC] to build and hone my craft.  And to stand out," says Fairlight, who played her first ever show at notorious punk club CBGB, and features electric guitar and saxophone solos over Fender Rhodes loops in her live shows.  "People always ask me what genre my music is.  I never know how to respond," says the Bowie-and-Patti Smith-inspired young rocker.  "I like to take risks and keep it interesting, for me and for the audience." 
And interesting she has kept it.  After building a band with Ryan Adams' old rhythm section (Billy Mercer and Brad Pemberton), and capturing the attention of world-renowned rock producer Michael Wagener, Fairlight met and befriended Raelyn Nelson, with whom she started a dynamic acoustic duo - "mmhmm" - in Dec 2016.  The two continue to perform with their own bands while playing as mmhmm reguarly.  Fairlight also appears frequently as a guest at Thee Rock n Roll Residency at Mercy Lounge every Tuesday night.
"The industry is stale and uncertain.  Many artists are clinging to uninspired formulas because investors are mostly putting money toward "safe", copy-cat strategies.  I'm completely disinterested in doing anything "safe" or in the box.  That's not where all the great ideas in history have come from; they have come from ingenuity.  My mission is to make good art, and to inspire people to make their ideas heard, despite what "the industry" is doing or not doing."
See Hannah now in Pitch Perfect 3, currently in theaters!
Follow Hannah's moves on social media @hannahfairlight and
EPs Creatures of Habit and Bright Future currently available almost everywhere music is sold will lead you to hidden treasure