Hannah Rooth is a singer-songwriter hailing from the Pacific Northwest and Metropolitan South and blossoming in Cambridge, MA with band Wild Hum. A lilting, earthen vessel, Hannah Rooth molds a childhood of emotional suffocation into tales of personal softening and deepest heart-courage. Hannah's music yields blooms of steadfast wit, joyful contagion and earnest pain, with deep roots in the soil of a silk-rock soul. Come one and all, who aren't afraid to see thorns and thistles alongside the beauty of being decisively alive. Hannah Rooth releases “Divorce In The Water,” a nomadic, sweet sensual single conveyed with many emotions and with passion. The song starts off with Hannah’s soft spoken vocals that immediately shake you with their purity. The sound is so beautiful and cinematic it almost gives the song this grainy effect. You notice many different instruments in the background of the song including the cello supporting the song in its orchestrated sentiment. The metaphorical lyricism is delivered with so much emotional agony you almost feel as a unit with the artist. For those who enjoy #Lorde, #MarinaandtheDiamonds and #MelanieMartinez, you will like Hannah Rooth and her single “Divorce In The Water”.
Look inside Hannah Rooth's life with our Exclusive #BuzzMusic Interview.
How did it all get started for Hannah? Find out here! Listen to Hannah Rooth & Wild Hum's new single "Divorce In The Water" here.
How was growing up like for you Hannah? How did you get into music?
When I was a child, I repressed much of my emotional self- and I actually have few memories of my childhood. I started writing songs when I was six or seven years old, lying in my bed at night, and I would share some of them with my baby sister, Angie, who I shared a room with. I had a babysitter who was a pianist, and when I was about eight, I told him that I write songs and he offered to compose music to them. I shared a song with him ~ called "Daddy Come Home," I still remember it ~ and after I was done singing it, he became very (understandably) concerned and asked if I was okay. I remember internalizing that experience as confirmation that I shouldn't share my inner world because it upsets people. But I've been writing music ever since, as my core means of self-expression. In the last year I've done a lot of inner work to be more emotionally available and real, and in that process I've become ready to start sharing my work more seriously.
What’s been the most significant moment of your music career thus far?
I've only performed two full shows of original music so far, performed with my amazing band Wild Hum. Adrian Avalos, the guitarist, and April Faith-Slaker, the cellist, have helped me complete a set of eight songs that express a broad range of my emotional experiences this year around divorce, family of origin trauma, and the intention to renew my orientation to love. Both of the shows have been incredibly significant. So many friends that I've made in my ten months in Cambridge, MA have shown up to witness and support me, and I've gotten so much feedback that I help people access their deep emotions, that the music is therapeutic, and that my shows feel "human," "homey," and "full of light." This is incredibly affirming and inspiring for me, because this is what I want to do in the world: embolden people to embrace their full selves, feel affirmed in and connected to their humanity, and ultimately be more empowered, hopeful, and able to make change in the world.
How was the song-writing process for “Divorce In The Water”?
With Divorce in the Water, I wanted to write something that was deeply personal - as all my music is - and also open enough to be relatable for a broad audience. I achieved this lyrically by tying concrete personal experiences together with more poetic images that depict the underlying emotions. For the melody, I varied the sections of the song in a way that mirrors my conflicting feelings about my severed relationship. April FS added a lot to the song with a beautiful cello composition during the instrumental section.
If you can lyrically interpret this single in a short sentence or two for our readers how would you interpret it from your artist perspective?
Loving someone can be very complicated and confusing, but if it's real, the core of it is a desire for both partners to be well. Sometimes that involves letting go of what you hoped for in the relationship.
What’s your favorite quality about the music you release?
My favorite quality about my music is the raw, pure expressiveness that I bring to it. I'm new to recording professionally and trying to learn how to let that come across in the studio, but what I'm really about is the element of performance where my listeners and I are just bare and together in the moment. That's impossible to totally replicate in a recording.
Connect with Hannah Rooth on social media:
Facebook: @wildhummusic @hannahroothmusic
Instagram: @hannahrooth @wildhummusic