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60 Stories - Hannah Brown

Hannah Brown photoHannah with her ‘Achiever of the Year’ award.

Twenty one-year-old Hannah Brown has a big voice and she isn’t afraid to use it.
Her singing voice is so big, it came to the attention of two producers from hit TV show ‘The Voice UK.’ Ambitious Hannah auditioned in the hope of appearing on the show in ENABLE’s 60th anniversary year.
“I sang ‘Defying Gravity’ for them - the ‘Glee’ version,” explained Hannah.
The producers were so impressed they asked Hannah to return for another audition, during which she belted out ‘Hero’ by Mariah Carey and ‘Maybe This Time’ from the musical ‘Cabaret’.”
Both auditions went well although Hannah was a bit nervous.
She and mum Marie are now waiting to hear if she has made it through to the next stage of the competition.  But, whatever the outcome, the experience has been very positive and one that Hannah will forever remember.  
Hannah attends a Monday morning project run by ENABLE Scotland where she sings with a group and records songs.
But singing isn’t her only passion.  Hannah would love a career in retail.  Over the Christmas period in 2012, Hannah worked in John Lewis in Glasgow.  She was supported by ENABLE Scotland whilst working there and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.  Her main job was stock management but she also helped organise displays and helped customers with queries.
He had a similar Christmas position with NEXT at Silverburn in 2013.
“I loved the packaging, the merchandising, the tidying, the pricing and working with others. I liked feeling part of the team,” said Hannah.
Hannah’s time at John Lewis was so successful she won ‘Achiever of the Year’ in ENABLE Scotland’s Employer Awards, with her store manager calling her “an accomplished member of staff.”
When she sang a solo during an in-store Christmas carols session, her manager said Hannah had helped to make her Christmas. 
Working in John Lewis and NEXT helped boost Hannah’s confidence, especially when dealing with members of the public.
Hannah was diagnosed with autism when she was three years old and can sometimes find it difficult when people don’t understand her condition.  Hannah can struggle with things like eye contact and can misunderstand what someone means if they use unfamiliar phrases.  But Hannah doesn’t let her autism hold her back. In fact, she insists she takes pride in it.
Hannah and her mum approached ENABLE Scotland after Hannah finished her three years of courses at Cardonald College.  
She and her mum attended a talk about work experience and were quick off the mark to apply.  Through ENABLE Hannah has undertaken work experience in a library, charity shops and department store.  ENABLE has also helped her with independent travel.
Hannah is a big music fan whose tastes range from Lady Ga Ga and Katie Perry to the musicals ‘Hairspray’ and ‘Fame’.  But her all-time favourite band is 1 Direction. 
She loves them so much she even has a life size cut-out of her favourite band member Louis Tomlinson.
So, if her audition with ‘The Voice UK’ is successful, Hannah just might share a stage with Louis in the future.​

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