"Hanani blew the audience away with her dynamic tribute to Nina Simone and James Brown"
Born Hanani Christian Joy in the late 90's, Hana Ni hails from Columbus, Ohio.
Hana Ni began publicly performing, singing, acting and dancing at age 3. She won her first major singing and acting competitions in Dallas, Texas when she was 8 years old. She also had her acting debut at age 8, playing “Glinda” in the play, “The Wiz.” “Nani” went on to win numerous contests and pageants in Las Vegas, California, Ohio and Atlantic City, between the ages of 8 and 10. At age 10, Hana Ni won the 106.3 New Gospel Talent Search Showcase, in Columbus, Ohio. As a result of that win, she was the opening act for legendary gospel artist, Yolanda Adams, performing before 3,000 people at that concert.
In 2005, Hana Ni was the opening act for Ray Charles' daughter, Sheila Ray Charles. In 2006, Hana Ni performed on national television on The Word Channel in Bobby Jones’ Urban Impact Summit New Artist Showcase. She was the youngest performer in that showcase. At age 11, Hana Ni was featured and nationally televised on "Showtime at The Apollo" as a "Kid Star of Tomorrow" and on the “Best of The Apollo.” Since that time, Hana Ni has held the title of Junior Miss Talent International 2006 and she has been a special guest performer on Sunny 95 Radio and on ABC/FOX Good Morning Columbus television program. She was also a featured soloist for the 100 Black Men of Atlanta Youth Celebration in 2006.
Hana Ni has been featured in the “Road to Stardom Showcase” and regularly on the “Nu Skool Sings Old School Showcase” both in Los Angeles, California. During her freshman year in high school, at age 14, Hana Ni starred as “Aida” in her high school play “Aida.” This role was made famous on Broadway by Heather Headley. Hana Ni was a contestant on American Idol Season 10 in 2011. She participated up through Hollywood Week and made it to the top 100 out of 125,000 people who auditioned across the country.
Hana Ni has also been in television commercials, radio commercials and numerous print ads. Hana Ni has been trained in acting, piano, guitar, flute, hip hop dance, liturgical and jazz dance. She loves singing soul, jazz, old school, classic rock, Doo Wop, Motown and alternative music. She does it all with her own soulful modern style that is not like any other artist.
Hanani has received numerous national, regional, state and local awards and accolades for singing, acting and scholastics.
In 2013, Hana Ni’s video “Too Much Faith” appeared as the “Video Pick of the Day” on BET’s 106 & Park. Also in 2013, Hana Ni completed her first feature film,”Puzzled”, which was filmed in Los Angeles and is currently in post-production. "Nani" was selected to attend Grammy Camp NYC in August 2013. While there she recorded, as ½ of a Holiday duet, for the Grammy Foundation’s Christmas Card 2013 which was sent out to over 20,000 Grammy Foundation members/friends.
Hana Ni is also currently a regular featured singer/performer with “Nu Skool Sings Old School” in Los Angeles, California.
In addition to singing, performing and acting, Hana Ni is a songwriter. At age 18, she has written over 200 songs. She also creates, produces and edits films and videos. In 2013, Hana Ni competed and was crowned Miss Columbus Teen 2013 and Miss T.E.E.N. Ohio 2013. As Miss T.E.E.N. Ohio, she competed for the national title in Houston, TX.
In 2014 Hana Ni was invited and performed at the BET Awards Experience Live LA 2014 and recognized as an “up and coming” vocal artist. Also in 2014, Hana Ni was the featured performer at the National Urban League Gala 2014 with a 6 piece band and a 14 song set list.
Hana Ni is currently finishing her junior year at Northeastern University in Boston, MA in their distance learning program. She is majoring in business and psychology and has been on Dean’s List for three years. Eventually she plans to get her MBA and her PhD in business.
At 19, she moved to Los Angeles in September 2014 to pursue her dreams in acting and singing. She recently had a guest star role on CBS’s Criminal Minds, a lead in the upcoming feature film "Unabridged", and a recurring role on the Verizon series "Mr. Student Body President". In 2017, Hana Ni performed as the opening act for R&B star, Ginuwine, Mila J, Calvin Richardson and Lyfe Jennings. Her full length album is set to be released in early of 2018. She also started her own production company in 2016 and is the writer, co-executive producer and director of the feature film "Rosehill Dwelling", set to premiere in late 2020. She continues to write, produce and direct her own films. Hanani currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.
Hana Ni's Latest EP entitled "Everything is Temporary" is set to release in October 2020
September 7th, 2020 - Hana Ni Announces That Her Upcoming Album "Everything Is Temporary" is Set To Release on January 15th, 2021 and Will Be Available For Pre-order on October 23rd, 2020!
August 9th, 2020 - Hana Ni Announces Upcoming Album Set to Release in FALL 2020
June 5th 2020 - Hana Ni's Latest Single "For This Life" is Out Now On ALL PLATFORMS!
May 8th, 2020 - Hana Ni's Latest Single "Alone at the Party" is Out Now On ALL PLATFORMS!
March 12th, 2020 - Hana Ni Releases Trailer for her Latest Feature Film, Written and Directed by Hana Ni.
November 21st, 2019 - Hana Ni Announces Upcoming Single Set for SPRING 2020
April 17th, 2019 - Hana Ni Guest Stars in an Episode of FOX's "The Orville".
April 12th, 2019 - Hana Ni Finishes Production of a Feature Film that she Wrote and Directed.
March 25th, 2019 - Hana Ni is Interviewed by WISH1075 Radio
February 4th, 2019 - Hana Ni Guest Stars in an Episode of ABC's "Speechless".