Hemma, Swedish for 'home', is the nickname for Eau Claire songwriter Hannah Hebl. Resonating with a wide range of artists, the deepest is Bon Iver, whose creator, Justin Vernon, was a counselor at summer camp in Western Wisconsin. A memory of him playing a solo acoustic set for her cabin when she was very young may well have served as spiritual activation. Raised in a family of singers, she picked up her dad's Spanish guitar at age 11 and felt the healing power of songwriting.
At 14 she left home for an East Coast boarding school (Phillips Exeter Academy - Arcade Fire's Win Butler and Old Crow Medicine Show's Ketch Secor among the alumni). A poignant aid to heavy homesickness in her first year away from home, Bon Iver's For Emma Forever Ago was released and served as a tether that would eventually pull her back to her roots. Even after a year in San Francisco at SFAI (California School of Fine Arts) where she studied Performance and Video Art (New Genres), it was bands like Adelyn Rose who debunked the myth that one must travel far from the "flyover states" to find a more robust identity.
She has been a backing vocalist for Haley Bonar, Sarah Krueger, and Wendy Lewis. She joined the PEOPLE collective (www.37d03d.com) in 2018 with pop project Hōmlē, a collaboration with Yummm. Her debut EP, Tomorrow River, engineered by Brian Joseph (Bon Iver) assisted by Patrick Boland, produced by Shane Leonard, tracked live in February at Honeytone Studios in Neenah, WI is out now.