Hannon’s love of music began at an early age. He was active in the music program at Northwestern High School in Detroit, and spent the decade after graduation playing and writing songs. After a chance encounter with Christian singer Amy Grant’s keyboardist, Hannon was hired to play on tour with her band, and for her 1992 performance at the Grammy Awards.
From 1993 to 2000, Hannon performed with several musicians including country singer Shania Twain, the country-pop group SheDaisy and the Boy Choir of Harlem. For the past three years, Hannon played bass in Jewel’s live band.
In response to his death, Jewel canceled her forthcoming tour of North America, which was scheduled to begin on Sept. 19.