Hopeful Hannah ready for stardom
Robbinsville singing star Hannah Styles hopes that history repeats.
Last year, Joe Lasher Jr. walked off the Hillbilly Jam stage into the arms of sponsors Ingles Supermarkets and Alliance Tractor-Trailer. Today, Lasher’s songs are on the radio.
This year, Hannah hopes to be the one discovered.
“There’s supposed to be big sponsors and important people in the crowd,” remarked Hannah, who will perform at the 2017 Hillbilly Jam Music Festival, a celebration of music, crafts and television moonshiners.
The beautiful blonde 21-year-old singer who owns and operates Hillbilly Swag clothing boutique on Tallulah Road in Robbinsville takes the stage at 12:45 p.m. on Saturday, July 29, the second day of the two-day festival at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds.
“I’ll perform original songs and new songs, new country and rock, a good mixture,” Hannah promised.
She’ll be backed by Graham County band South 129, which tuned up for the Hillbilly Jam by entertaining more than 200 at Robbinsville’s most recent Friday night street dance on town square.
Hannah anticipates performing in front of 7,000 to 10,000 on July 29. That would be two to three times as many people as when she opened for Travis Tritt at the Georgia Mountain Fair last year. “That was my biggest crowd to date,” she said.
Hannah has released a single, Undefeated, and a five-song EP.
Her goal is to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. She realizes that she’ll have to be discovered for her dream to be realized.
“It’s very hard. You have to be in the right place at the right time. Everything has to go right at the same time. It’s like winning the lottery,” Hannah said.
Who knows, maybe one of her new songs will catch the ear of someone with Nashville connections. “She’s writing songs all the time,” Hannah’s mother Sheila Styles said.
Lasher closes the concert. “He’s the big draw,” Hannah said.
Admission is $10. Children 10 and under are free.