Leeds busker is big hit in Vietnam

Hannah Trigwell. PIC: Tom Martin/T Moose Photography
Hannah Trigwell. PIC: Tom Martin/T Moose Photography
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A singer who started out busking on the streets of Leeds is on the road to stardom after scooping her first number one – on the other side of the world.

Hannah Trigwell, 24, has seen her single ‘Headrush’ reach number one in Vietnam, and has other songs in the top 10 in countries across the globe.

She also has a huge online following, with 30million views on her YouTube channel and a big fan base in south-east Asia.

“I only found out that it went to number one on Twitter,” she said.

“It’s crazy. I think it was number four in Mongolia too.

“These are places that I’ve never been to. I have no idea why it’s happened, and it’s strange to think I have fans in places like the Philippines.”

Hannah started busking at the age of 17 and has since toured with the likes of Jake Bugg, Wretch 32 and Lawson.

She has also just returned from a whirlwind tour of Europe where she performed to sold-out crowds in Lisbon, Milan, Madrid and Paris.

But with her feet firmly back on Yorkshire soil, Hannah returned to her former school – Westerton Primary in Wakefield – to record backing vocals by pupils for her new charity single called ‘Warm’.

The song aims to raise money for homeless charity Shelter, and draws on Hannah’s experience of seeing homeless people on the city’s streets whilst busking as a teenager.

She said: “I am hoping to raise awareness of how lonely this time of year can be for people in need of a home.

“I raised money for Shelter a couple of years ago around Christmas time whilst busking, but with the fanbase I have now I feel that I can do a lot more.”

The track will be released on December 8.

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LEEDS favourite Hannah Trigwell found fame after being scouted by her current manager in Leeds.

But she isn’t the only one who has performed on Briggate in a bid to get noticed.

Another Leeds busker, Tristan MacKay, landed a record deal after months of singing in the city.

The guitar-strumming, trilby-wearing busker was a well-known face on Briggate on a Saturday afternoon.

He went on to sign a deal with Red Kite Records, and went on tour and released an album.

He also had a number one single on iTunes.

For more about Hannah Trigwell, visit www.youtube.com/HannahTrigwell.

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