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hannah spiro: Bio

Hannah Spiro has been singing and strumming at Washington, D.C. area coffeehouses since she was 13. Now, a rabbinical student at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia, Hannah is revolutionizing the concept of Jewish music, beginning with her 2010 alt-Jewish CD, "Aliyah". Her newest album, "It Is Upon Us", combines traditional inspirations with alternative perspectives for an alt-folk original album of Jewish prayer. Her musicianship and songwriting are also on display in her 2010 CD, "Exhale Your Blues", which received an Honorable Mention in the 11th Annual Cooch Music Songwriter Contest for "Bricks", and her 2006 CD, "Last Lights on in Town". "Last Lights" earned Hannah a Washington Area Music Award nomination in the category of Contemporary-Folk. "In Touch," the first song on that CD, was a Finalist in the 2006 Mid-Atlantic Songwriters' Contest and received an Honorable Mention in the 2007 Singer Songwriter Awards. Hannah's sound is a combination of folk, pop and rock, reminiscent of such other singer-songwriters as Natalie Merchant and Tegan and Sara. With her interpretive liturgy, musical midrash, and other folk-rock music, Hannah combines raw emotion with thought and purpose.