Carlie Hanson

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Carlie Hanson
Born (2000-05-18) May 18, 2000 (age 20)
Onalaska, Wisconsin, U.S.
Years active2016–present
LabelsWarner Bros.
Associated acts

Carlie Hanson (born May 18, 2000) is an American singer-songwriter, known for her song "Only One". She released her debut extended play, Junk, on June 7, 2019.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Hanson was born and raised in Onalaska, Wisconsin. She was inspired to become a singer by Justin Bieber, and at 14, she and a friend began posting cover songs on YouTube, hoping to follow Bieber's path.[4]


2016–2018: Career beginnings[edit]

In May 2016, while working as a cashier at McDonald's, Hanson entered a local iHeart Radio contest to see Zayn in concert.[3] As her entry, she recorded a video of herself singing "Pillowtalk" by Zayn while sitting in a parked car outside a shopping mall. She posted the video to Instagram, and it was quickly reposted by iHeart, drawing significant attention. Hanson was subsequently contacted by a talent agent who invited her to Toronto to audition and record for producers from House of Wolf.[5] While in Los Angeles, she worked with songwriter Dale Anthoni.[4][6] In November 2017, Taylor Swift included Hanson's second single, "Only One", on an Apple Music playlist of her favorite songs. Hanson released a video for the song in March 2018, directed by Similar But Different, who assembled an all-female crew for the shoot.[7] In April 2018, "Only One" was averaging 400,000 streams daily.[8]

In September 2018, Hanson began touring with Troye Sivan and Kim Petras on Sivan's Bloom Tour, playing at venues including Radio City Music Hall in New York and the Greek Theater in Los Angeles.[9] In a review of the Minneapolis show, Twin Cities Media wrote: "She's badass, she’s unapologetic, she’s poppy yet gritty, she's effortlessly cool, her music absolutely bangs, and she’s selfmade. Carlie Hanson is a little bit of Lorde, a little of Billie Eilish meets Kiiara, and a lot of something all her own."[10][11]

2019: Junk[edit]

In January 2019, Hanson supported Yungblud on a series of shows in Europe. She then signed with Warner Bros. Records in February 2019,[12] and Primary Wave Music in March 2019.[13][14] On April 26, 2019, Hanson released "Back in My Arms".[15] The song was later announced to be the lead single from her debut EP, Junk.[16] On May 24, 2019, she released "WYA", the second single from Junk.[17] Later that day, Taylor Swift added another of Hanson's songs, "Back in My Arms", to her Apple Music playlist.[18] The EP, consisting of five songs, was released on June 7, 2019.[19] In September 2019, she embarked on The WYA Tour across Europe and the United Kingdom.

Personal life[edit]

Hanson came out on Twitter in 2018. She has publicly spoken out about LGBTQ+ rights in the media, including an interview with Subvrt Magazine[20] in 2018 where she voiced her opinion about the importance of LGBTQ+ role models.


Extended plays[edit]

Title Details


Title Year Album
"Why Did You Lie" 2017 Non-album singles
"Only One"
"Us" 2018
"Back in My Arms" 2019 Junk
"Side Effects"[21] TBA
"Daze Inn"[22] 2020
"Stealing All My Friends"[23]
"Good Enough"[24]
"Ego" (featuring Iann Dior)

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Director(s)
"Only One" 2018 Unknown
"Numb" 2019 Nicholas Jandora
"Back in My Arms" Danilo Parra
"Daze Inn"[25] 2020 Serena Reynolds
"Stealing All My Friends" Danielle DeGrasse-Alston


  1. ^ "Carlie Hanson, Alt-Pop's New Teen Queen, On Making Sense Of Her Odds and Ends". Billboard. Retrieved 2020-01-13.
  2. ^ Ramynke, Ashley; 2018. "Interview: Wisconsin-native Carlie Hanson on translating the bad habits of her teenage years to pop single "Toxins"". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2019-03-21.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ a b "Carlie Hanson: Pop music's fresh-faced phenom – PCC Courier". Retrieved 2019-05-24.
  4. ^ a b Tribune, Randy Erickson La Crosse. "Major (label) things ahead for Onalaska singer Carlie Hanson". La Crosse Tribune. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  5. ^ "Meet Carlie Hanson: 18-Year-Old Pop Star in the Making". PAPER. 2018-06-12. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  6. ^ "Meet Carlie Hanson, the singer you'll be hooked on all summer...and all fall...and all year, really". babe. 2018-07-17. Retrieved 2019-03-24.
  7. ^ "Watch Carlie Hanson's Music Video for "Only One"". Retrieved 2019-03-24.
  8. ^ "Carlie Hanson Announces Debut Live Shows in Los Angeles, CA and New York, NY on May 18th and May 29th – WithGuitars". Retrieved 2019-03-24.
  9. ^ "Carlie Hanson on her sexuality, struggles with mental health and touring with Troye Sivan". Gay Times. 2018-07-20. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  10. ^ "Troye Sivan Brings The Bloom Tour To Minneapolis' State Theater". 2018-10-19. Retrieved 2019-03-24.
  11. ^ Writer, Christian Kennedy Daily Arts. "Carlie Hanson is the most Taurus person you'll ever meet". The Michigan Daily. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  12. ^ Tribune, RANDY ERICKSON La Crosse. "Onalaska's Carlie Hanson signs record contract with Warner Bros". Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  13. ^ "Publishing Briefs: Denzel Curry Signs With Concord Music, Carlie Hanson Teams With Primary Wave & More". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-03-24.
  14. ^ "Carlie Hanson – Numb". The Hype Magazine. Retrieved 2019-03-24.
  15. ^ "Pre-save Carlie Hanson's single 'Back in my Arms'". Retrieved 2019-04-20.
  16. ^ "Carlie Hanson Drops "Back In My Arms" Video, Announces 'Junk' EP". idolator. 2019-05-03. Retrieved 2019-05-03.
  17. ^ "WYA comes out this Friday!!!! and my EP 'Junk' is available for Pre-Order now bitch so let's go📺🕹". May 20, 2019. Retrieved May 21, 2019 – via Twitter.
  18. ^ "Taylor Swift Shares New Playlist Of Songs She's 'Loving Right Now': Listen". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-05-24.
  19. ^ Desk, BWW News. "Carlie Hanson Releases Video For BACK IN MY ARMS, Debut EP Out 6/7". Retrieved 2019-05-03.
  20. ^ Subvrtmag (2018-10-25). "Rising Star Carlie Hanson Talks LGBTQ+ Issues & Mental Health". Subvrt Mag. Retrieved 2020-06-27.
  21. ^ Hanson, Carlie [@carliehanson] (November 18, 2019). "SIDE EFFECTS November 22nd new era baby let's fucking go. pre-save in BIO" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  22. ^ "Carlie Hanson Checks Into the 'Daze Inn' for Delirious New Video". Billboard. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  23. ^ Hanson, Carlie [@carliehanson] (June 23, 2020). "Stealing All My Friends Friday 2.26 poured my heart into this song." (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  24. ^ "10 Cool New Pop Songs To Get You Through The Week: Carlie Hanson, Astrid S, Clean Bandit & More". Billboard. August 24, 2020. Retrieved August 25, 2020.
  25. ^ "Carlie Hanson drops video for euphoric pop anthem Daze Inn". Gay Times Magazine. Retrieved March 29, 2020.


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