Hana Pestle

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Hana Pestle
Hana Pestle 2009.jpg
Hana Pestle playing at The Basement, February 24, 2009
Background information
Birth name Hana Gabrielle Pestle
Also known as HANA
Born (1989-07-11) July 11, 1989 (age 29)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Origin Billings, Montana, U.S.
Years active 2006–present
Associated acts Grimes
Website hanatruly.com

Hana Gabrielle Pestle (born July 11, 1989), known by her stage name HANA, is an American singer, songwriter and record producer from Billings, Montana.


Hana Pestle was born July 11, 1989, in Atlanta, Georgia. Her family moved to Salt Lake City, Utah when she was 6 years old, and to Billings, Montana, when she was 8. Pestle received her first guitar when she was in 6th grade as a Christmas present, and approximately a year later, she took up lessons. Sporadically throughout both middle and high school, Pestle also took voice lessons.


Hana Pestle started performing live in Montana at the age of 14. In August 2005, video of one of Pestle's performances reached producers and writers Michael "Fish" Herring and Ben Moody. After watching the tape, the pair decided to work with Pestle. She and her family traveled to Los Angeles, California to meet with the producers in December 2005, and started working on her album in April 2006.[1]

After shopping for labels in early 2007, Pestle decided to release her full length album via Ben Moody's label, FNR Records.[2][3]

In May 2008, Pestle released her first recording effort, the four track Hana Pestle EP. This album features three original songs, "These Two Hands", "Just a Phase", "Together Forever"; and a cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah". In late September 2008, Pestle debuted her video for "These Two Hands" through her MySpace and YouTube page. Hana's untitled album, which is slated for release in September 2009, will feature tracks co-written and produced by Moody and Herring.[1][4][5] Strings for the album will be arranged and conducted by David Campbell.

Pestle also lends her vocals to all four tracks on Ben Moody's solo EP, the Mutiny Bootleg E.P., which was released at a show that the pair played together on December 16, 2008 in Little Rock, Arkansas. In June 2008, Pestle landed a slot as an opening act for Collective Soul, Live and Blues Traveler. She also lent vocals to Moody's full-length album, All for This.

Her Live in the Studio EP was released on June 2, 2009 and features six original songs and one cover song. The tracks include "These Two Hands", "Just a Phase", "Rain", "Make You Hurt", "This Way", "Creep", and "What Makes Things".

Pestle has toured with Joshua Radin, Jon McLaughlin, Ingram Hill, and in 2009, Sister Hazel, Pat McGee, Ari Hest, and Boyce Avenue. On June 4, 2009, Pestle played at the annual Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival. The weekend of March 21, 2009, Pestle recorded a video for her original song "Need". The video was directed by Norwood Cheek, and was released on June 24, 2009.[6] Pestle's debut solo album, This Way, was released on her merchandising site on September 22, 2009.

On 2011, American Rock Band Incubus (band) has revealed one of the singles off their new Album: If Not Now, When? entitled Promises, Promises through a music sheet in which a contest was held for fans to make their own rendition for a chance to perform the single with the band. Hana Pestle won the said contest and got to perform the song with Incubus on July 2011.[citation needed]

In 2013, Pestle met Kansas[7] producer BloodPop,[8] and after talking to him about how her music career was progressing, she decided to take a break from touring to learn music production and change the direction of her music.

In May 2015, now recording under just her first name, stylized as "HANA", Pestle released "Clay" on Soundcloud[9] receiving acclaim from fellow female singer-songwriters Grimes[10] and Lorde.[11] Around this time Pestle accompanied Grimes as part of the opening act for Lana Del Rey's Endless Summer Tour. On the final two dates of the tour, Pestle played "Clay" during Grimes' set, a video of which was filmed by Grimes along with artist Michael Brooks and used on YouTube to promote the song.[12] On July 7, 2015, Nylon premiered Pestle's second release as HANA, "Avalanche".[8]

Pestle performed as support for Grimes on her European AC!D Reign Tour into 2016.[13] On March 8, 2016, The Fader premiered her third single, "Underwater", alongside a video shot in Rome and Milan, Italy.[14] Her self-titled debut EP, HANA, was released on March 25, 2016.[15] In May 2016, Pestle provided an official remix of Chairlift's 2015 single, entitled "Romeo". It was later revealed that she provided backing vocals for the remix of the song within the chorus.

Personal life[edit]

Hana Pestle is in a relationship with BloodPop (Michael Tucker).[16]


As Hana Pestle[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

  • Hana Pestle (2008)
  • Live in the Studio (2009)
  • For the Sky (2011)


  • "These Two Hands" (2008)
  • "Need" (2009)

Other appearances[edit]

As HANA[edit]

Extended plays[edit]


  • "Clay" (2016)
  • "Underwater" (2016)
  • "Avalanche" (2016)
  • "Chimera" (2016)



  1. ^ a b "Former EVANESCENCE Guitarist/Songwriter Produces CD For HANA PESTLE". Archived from the original on September 30, 2007.
  2. ^ "Billings' Hana Pestle sets sights on career". Archived from the original on January 16, 2013.
  3. ^ "Ben Moody opens new, artist-centered label, FNR Records".
  4. ^ "Hana Pestle: Beautiful Singer/Songwriter at Right Celebrity".
  5. ^ "The Afterthought Gets Moody at NWANews.com".[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Need - Single by Hana Pestle on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved 2017-08-23.
  7. ^ McMahon, Milly. How BloodPop helped craft this year’s pop landscape
  8. ^ a b http://www.nylon.com/articles/hana-interview-avalanche-premiere
  9. ^ https://soundcloud.com/hanamusic-1/clay
  10. ^ https://twitter.com/Grimezsz/status/598179696908480512[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ Lorde [@lorde] (12 May 2015). "this song by @HANAtruly is too shimmering and beautiful for words" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  12. ^ "HANA - Clay". YouTube. June 23, 2015. Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  13. ^ "G R I M E S - Tour Dates". Grimesmusic.com. Retrieved October 8, 2015.
  14. ^ Golden, Zara (March 8, 2016). "HANA Premieres Spectral New Single "Underwater"". The Fader. Retrieved March 19, 2016.
  15. ^ "HANA - EP by HANA on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved March 19, 2016.
  16. ^ Dunn,Francesca. hana ♥ bloodpop 14 February 2016 i-d.vice.com