Hanna PK a 2019 International Blues Challenge Semi-Finalist -- a solid pianist, soulful vocalist, and vibrant performer who channels a wide variety of the blues & swing, old school folk and boogie-woogie but with her own contemporary realness whether she’s performing her story-telling originals, breathing new life into songs that may be 100 years old, or anything in-between. Her seemingly sweet and soft-spoken appearance often leads to surprise when hearing for the first time her rich, resonating voice that goes from a whisper to belting with intensity. Her piano ranges from barrelhouse to jazzy to delicate, full of spontaneousness, and what draws the audience closer to her heartfelt and honest songs are her genuine passion and originality that comes from within. Once in a while, we meet an artist that seems to be quite nothing like what we’ve seen or heard, yet, reaching that common ground and emotions through their own creativity, makes us feel at ease, touched, and understood. With that kind of quality, Hanna is reaching out one show at a time.
She released her first EP "Rearview Mirror" with mostly her originals in the summer of 2015, and her full length album "The Blues Is Here To Stay" in November 2018, which includes classic blues tunes like "Worried Life Blues" by Big Maceo Merriweather, two versions of boogie-woogie piece "Honky Tonk Train" by Meade Lux Lewis, Sippie Wallace's hit from the 1920s "Up The Country Blues" and story telling, and soulful originals like "Dirty Dishes" and "Love Keeps Walking In".
"I can hear she has a very unique thing.. It's really really good. Old school folk, country blues & swing but with her own contemporary realness." - Ray Hangen , drummer, Sean Costello's Band, The Bruce Katz Band
"Hanna is a very vibrant & emotionally expressive artist, what a pleasant surprise." - Felton Crews, Grammy nominated bassist, Chicago
"PK left her native South Korea and fell right into Rochester's lap of the blues. Her Style is more barrelhouse and strive than you'd think. Pretty damn cool! Over at the Record Archive, PK played with her band. She rocked the house. She sang pretty and played gritty. She rocked and rolled, bopped and strolled, all over the baby grand's eighty-eights." - Frank DeBlase, City Newspaper