“Growing up, a lot of people had no idea that I could sing. I was afraid to perform because I was afraid to be judged,” says Hannah Gross, Michigan
, a singer-songwriter who once was shy and scared of performing. That all changed when Hannah entered college and joined Kappa Kappa Gamma. “My sisters are the reason I gained the courage to perform in the first place,” she says.
When she was 4 years old, a concerned Hannah reported to her mother that she had a radio playing in her head that she couldn’t shut off. “Seventeen years later, I still can’t turn it off,” says Hannah. Hannah gives credit to her family for helping her toward her dream. Teaching her what it means to never give up, her family has become her primary source of influence.
Hannah, who goes by Hannah Elizabeth in the music industry, performs everything from mash-ups of pop and hip hop songs, to collaborations with fellow artists to pieces she has written herself. Her original release, Chase the Wind
, was written with the help of the artist Quinn. “I am a solo artist, but I enjoy collaborating with other artists,” she says. “I’ve often felt that two creative minds always make something special.”
Hannah seeks to inspire others through her voice and lyrics. “Music is extremely powerful, and I believe that singing makes me a better person. I would love to be able to share my gift with the world,” she says.
Helping her to achieve her dream of inspiring people are Hannah’s Kappa sisters. “I didn’t know who I was before I went to college and joined Kappa,” she says. “My sisters gave me the support and love I needed to perform.” Never missing a concert, Hannah’s sisters help spread her music by sharing it on social media and listening to it frequently.
“When I open my mouth and sing, I am closest to the real Hannah as it gets, pouring out my emotions for others to see, hear and feel,” says Hannah. “I am completely vulnerable and even though it’s terrifying, I simply love it.” You can follow Hannah's journey through her Facebook page and listen to more of her work on her YouTube channel, including her original song, Chase the Wind.