Kirsty Lee Akers releases music video to honour schoolgirl Hannah Rye a year after her death

FRIEND: Kirsty Lee Akers said she was moved to write House Full Of Flowers (Hannah's Song) after seeing Hannah Rye for the final time two weeks before her death.
FRIEND: Kirsty Lee Akers said she was moved to write House Full Of Flowers (Hannah's Song) after seeing Hannah Rye for the final time two weeks before her death.

Country music star Kirsty Lee Akers honoured the one-year anniversary of Hannah Rye’s death on Monday by releasing a single written about the late Hunter Valley schoolgirl.

Hannah died aged 15 on August 20 last year from Ewing sarcoma cancer, but not before capturing the hearts of the community after she attended her Kurri Kurri High School year 10 formal with then-Newcastle Knights player Trent Hodkinson.

House Full Of Flowers (Hannah's Song) - Kirsty Lee Akers

“I spent a lot of time with Hannah, but we weren’t best friends, but it [her death] hit me a lot harder than I thought it would,” Akers said.

House Full of Flowers (Hannah’s Song) is the second single off Akers’ recently-released album Under My Skin and was partially written after the Golden Guitar-nominee visited Hannah for the final time on a girls weekend, two weeks before her death.

TOUCHING: Hannah Rye being accompanied by former Knights player Trent Hodkinson to her school formal.

TOUCHING: Hannah Rye being accompanied by former Knights player Trent Hodkinson to her school formal.

“When I actually recorded it, as soon as it was finished, I sent it to Hannah’s mum [Racheal] because I wanted her to be the first person to actually hear it,” Akers said.

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