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Hannah Kerr Performs “My Kind of Christmas”

Starting Young

Hannah Kerr has been singing in front of crowds since she was five-years-old. As the daughter of worship leaders, shy Hannah felt at home in front of the church, singing with her parents in Buffalo, New York. But when they moved to Nashville for her father’s work, things changed. “That transition was the hardest time of my life. I felt so alone and I didn’t want to let my parents know how badly I was hurting. I would dig into the Bible and ask, ‘God, why am I here? Do you have a purpose for me?’” During that time, her mother encouraged her to try out for the worship team at their church. Worshiping God was where Hannah found her place in life. However, because Hannah was such an introvert, she never dreamed she would go on to be a Christian artist. She explains, “I think my journey is a little different than most. A lot of people grew up thinking they were going to be a singer or an artist but that was never on my mind. I thought I was way too introverted to be a singer who performs in front of thousands of people, but as I was leading worship...I felt as if that ministry could be expanded to leading worship for the collective church, across the whole nation, and across the world. I felt that God was calling me to do something bigger through music.” God opened the doors and Hannah not only sings but also writes most of her own material. 

Finding Her Place

She began touring in 2016 and shared the stage with major Christian artists including Casting Crowns, Matt Maher, Building 429, Jonny Diaz, Matt Hammitt, as well as for KING & COUNTRY, Newsboys, and Kari Jobe. Her previous album, Overflow, has earned over 16 million streams and features "Your Love Defends Me," the top 5 Christian radio hit, also garnered her the "Most Performed Song Award" at the 2018 ASCAP Christian Awards. Her song “Warrior” also became a top 15 Christian radio hit.

Kerr's 2018 holiday debut, “Christmas Eve In Bethlehem,” has garnered more than 20 million streams, including her take on the iconic, "Winter Wonderland." Adding to the 2018 10-song holiday project, the deluxe version offers five additional songs, including three originals co-written by Kerr: "Forever Evergreen," "My Kind of Christmas" and "Here To Stay," which is currently on radio and premiered online with CCMmagazine.com.

“I’m so excited to share the deluxe edition of Christmas Eve in Bethlehem!" exclaims Kerr. "During this crazy year, I’ve felt so inspired to write songs about hope and our God who never changes. Even with 2020 being so difficult for many of us, we can look at the Christmas story and remember that God is with us. His love is never out of season; it’s always available to us, and I hope these songs I’ve chosen to add on remind people of that. This is a collection that sums up what Christmas means to me: spending time with family, feeling warm and joyful, praising God for His unchanging love, and remembering the hope of Jesus Christ, our Emmanuel.”

Hannah recently married her guitarist, Jason Earley, on March 29, 2020, during the Coronavirus pandemic. She shares, “Our wedding day was truly the best day of my life! It was nothing like we planned, but perfect in every way. It was just us, our immediate family, and the minister. This coronavirus stuff has felt heavy and sad for weeks, but this day was a bright spot that reminded us that good is still happening. God is still watching out for the tiny details and cares deeply for each one of us.” 

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