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Alana Henderson (musician)

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Alana Henderson
Cellist Alana Henderson at Byron Bay Bluefest.jpg
Alana at Byron Bay Bluesfest in 2015
Background information
Birth nameAlana Henderson
Born (1988-10-06) 6 October 1988 (age 30)
Dungannon, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • cellist
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • cello
  • ukelele
Years active2013–present
Associated acts
Websitealanahenderson.com

Alana Henderson (born 6 October 1988),[1] is a Northern Irish musician, cellist, singer and songwriter from Dungannon.[2] She released her debut EP, Wax & Wane in 2013, and her single, Let This Remain, in 2017. She is now living in Belfast.[3]

Early life[edit | edit source]

Alana Henderson was born in Dungannon, Northern Ireland.[4] With her family from County Armagh, Alana grew up in a very music-friendly environment, and started singing and dancing from a very young age. Alana attended St Patrick's Academy, Dungannon and picked up cello there. Alana studied Law at Queen's University, Belfast, determined to become a lawyer, but in her words, "Law was incredibly dry, quite boring and I really began to feel frustrated and so I started songwriting."[2] After completing the degree, she eventually left to become a singer-songwriter, just before her solicitor apprenticeship started.[3]

Music Career[edit | edit source]

2013: Wax & Wane[edit | edit source]

In March 11, 2013, Alana released her debut EP Wax & Wane, which also included "Song about a Song", "The Tower", and "Two Turtle Doves".[5] The EP got generally positive views, including Lee Gorman of The Thin Air Magazine saying "an immensely promising first effort, which marks Alana Henderson out as one to watch". [6]

In 2013, Alana joined The Jepettos, a Northern Irish alternative band, in their single, "Water".[7]

2014-2016: Windfall, Touring with Hozier[edit | edit source]

Hozier and Alana Henderson at the Troubadour in West Hollywood

In February 20, 2014, Alana released an album called Windfall, which is “a side–project, separate from my own contemporary writing, in which I recorded an album of re–worked, contemporary arrangements of traditional songs from the North of Ireland", according to her own words. [8] The album was shortlisted for the Northern Ireland Music Prize in 2014. [9] Windfall is currently not available on itunes.

Alana accompanied Hozier, an Irish singer-songwriter, on cello and vocals from late 2014 to early 2016. Together with Hozier, she played at over 300 shows, including Glastonbury, Saturday Night Live, Jools Holland, and a Grammy performance joined by Annie Lennox. Apart from cello, Alana joined the duet with Hozier for his song "In a Week" on tour, when Karen Cowley, the original singer of the song, was not present.[10] During the tour, Alana occasionally performed her original songs as an opening act for Hozier.[11] In July 2015, Alana played a stripped back folk set with Hozier in Newport Folk Festival, which was "a highlight of the tour" for her.[12]

2017: Let This Remain[edit | edit source]

In October 27, 2017, Alana released her single "Let This Remain", which was her first musical release after 2 years of touring. [13] In 2017, Alana recorded a duet song "Holllllogram" with Joshua Burnside, a Belfast-based singer-songwriter.[14] The song was tracked in his debut album, EPHRATA.

Acting Career[edit | edit source]

In 2007, Alana starred in Seacht (TV series), which was an Irish language TV Soap-Opera, and was broadcast by TG4 and BBC Two Northern Ireland.[15] She starred as Caroline, a singing cello player.[3]

Discography[edit | edit source]

Alana Henderson discography
Studio albums1
Music videos2
EPs1
Singles1

Studios[edit | edit source]

Year EP details Peak chart positions
UK
2013 Windfall
  • Released: 20 February 2014 [8]
  • Label: N/A
  • Format: CD, Download

Extended plays[edit | edit source]

Year EP details Peak chart positions
UK
2013 Wax & Wane

Singles[edit | edit source]

Year Title Chart Positions Album
UK IRL UK Indie
2017 "Let This Remain" -
"—" denotes that a title did not chart.

Music videos[edit | edit source]

Year Title Director
2014 "Wax & Wane"[17] Angus Mitchell
2017 "Let This Remain"[18] Aislínn Clarke

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Alana Henderson". broadtubemusicchannel.com. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Q&A: Alana Henderson". Belfast Telegraph. 20 June 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "ALANA HENDERSON; LET THIS REMAIN + 5 RANDOM FACTS". chasing-sky.com. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  4. "Alana Henderson". btrtoday.com. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  5. "Wax & Wane |Alana Henderson". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  6. "Alana Henderson - Wax and Wane EP". The Thin Air. Retrieved 23 January 2018.}
  7. "Water | The Jeppetos". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Alana Henderson". tasiawards.com. Retrieved 23 January 2018.}
  9. "Northern Ireland Music Prize 2014". Northern Ireland Music Prize. Retrieved 23 January 2018.}
  10. "Hozier feat. Alana Henderson - "In A Week" Live Billboard Session @ Lollapalooza 2014". Billboard. Retrieved 22 January 2018.}
  11. "Hozier + Alana Henderson @ The Institute, 23rd January 2015". brumlive.com. Retrieved 22 January 2018.}
  12. "Alana Henderson". zapbangmagazine.com. Retrieved 22 January 2018.}
  13. "Let This Remain | Alana Henderson". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  14. "Holllllogram | Joshua Burnside". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  15. Irish Language Broadcast Fund (12 January 2009). "Seacht: new series airs tonight". Northern Ireland Screen. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  16. "Wax & Wane |Alana Henderson". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  17. "Wax & Wane | Alana Henderson". vimeo.com. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  18. "Alana Henderson". help musicians UK. Retrieved 23 January 2018.


Category:1988 births Category:21st-century Irish singers Category:Living people Category:Singers from Northern Ireland Category:Irish singer-songwriters Category:People from Dungannon



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