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Hanorah

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Hanorah grew up to the sound of the classic rock and soul music her parents were fond of. Early on, she developed a passion for powerful vocalists, such as Etta James, Amy Winehouse and Joss Stone (to whom she has been compared many times). Following a sexual assault in 2012, she plunged into a state of deep distress. After seeking psychological help and reading testimonies of other survivors, she decided to dive head first into songwriting. Her chance meeting with guitarist Paul De Rita (who became her partner and closest collaborator) marked a creative turning point. After reaching quarterfinals on Season 5 of hit Quebec reality show La Voix, Hanorah signed with Dare to Care Records. In 2019, the young artist toured nationally as an opening act for Coeur de Pirate; won the FEQ (Festival d’Été de Québec) contest and grant; and has secured slots at Ottawa Bluesfest, POP Montreal (with Mavis Staples), International Jazz Fest of Montreal, and more. Her debut EP entitled “For the Good Guys and the Bad Guys” has amassed half a million streams and counting, with a full-length album coming soon.

Born into a family of music lovers, singer-songwriter Hanorah grew up to the sound of classic rock, psychedelic music and soul her parents were fond of. She developed early on a passion for Led Zeppelin’s heavy blues and The Beatles’s contagious pop melodies, but also for powerful female vocalists such as Etta James, Amy Winehouse and Joss Stone. Women whose vocal cords reverberate and reach straight to the heart and soul with strength and sensibility − an essential dichotomy in the creative process of the singer who is also an accomplished visual artist.

In 2012, victim of sexual assault, Hanorah plunged into a state of deep distress. After seeking psychological help and reading testimonies by other survivors, she decided to dive head first into creation.

Her meeting with kindred spirit and fellow musician Paul De Rita, whom she discovered busking in the Montreal Metro, was decisive. Hanorah performed over 100 shows in a year, including a residency at the Honey Martin pub. In 2017, her talent and charisma attracted the attention of hit Quebec reality show La Voix 5’s coaches, in which she reached the quarterfinals. The Journal de Montréal placed her on its list of inspiring women to follow in 2018. A few months later, she joined the Dare to Care family and started recording For the Good Guys and the Bad Guys.

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