The Prize, the new full-length from Nashville, TN songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and visual artist Hannah Wicklund, soaring melodies sail above expertly constructed, eloquent – and undeniably hooky – arrangements. Pair her aching, enchanting vocals, all woodsmoke and honey, with her signature fiery guitar work, and you already have a profoundly compelling formula. Add in arena ready, shout-along choruses and a radio-ready sheen courtesy of producer Sam Kiszka (Greta Van Fleet), and you have a record ready to take its rightful place among those rare creations that can be considered truly timeless.
The songs on The Prize were hashed out slowly, growing up together like siblings. Born for the most part in Hannah's childhood home, they matured across the country during a bit of a wander. After some time in South Carolina, she ventured up to the Poconos, PA, where her grandparents had built a darling little A-Frame cabin in the 60’s. “Most of the songs took their final form in that house” says Hannah, “which would be the last time I got “Most of the songs took their final form in that house, which would be the last time I got to spend inside that family heirloom before it was sold- a very fitting full circle moment.”
“Part of becoming a woman is trusting your innate feminine instinct and power, which us ladies are all born with, and can choose to tap into at any age. Whether you are 6 or 60, I hope the messages of self-love, self-exploration and resilience will resonate.” - Hannah Wicklund
Produced by and featuring Sam Kiszka on bass, keys and organ, and accompanied by Daniel Wagner of Greta Van Fleet on drums, it was in East Iris studio that the album only started to truly take shape and come to life. “As soon as we met, we were off to the races and the album began to unfold effortlessly” tells Hannah. “It was a level of collaboration I never thought I’d experience with a fellow musician.”
A multimedia creative, Hannah moves between visual art and music effortlessly, truly bringing the world of The Prize to life. Each song on the record has an accompanying large scale oil painting, depicting a unique scene for each song, but all taking place within the same setting- a castle floating on a cloud.