Hanna Barakat’s unique style merges Arab-oriental influences, as well as hard rock, for powerful and genuine connections with her audience. Socially and politically charged, her passion-driven compositions and performances often add eastern ornamentation, as well as other musical influences to transcend language and borders to touch the heart. She aims to connect with others – both those displaced from their homelands, being influenced by multiple cultures around them, while simultaneously reaching mainstream audiences that appreciate writings of personal encounters, relationships, life issues, and, of course, love.
Born in Texas to an American mother and a Lebanese father, Hanna spent her early years traveling around the world with her family. From the time she was able to speak, Hanna has been humming, singing, and dreaming of music. Debuting her singing talents as a child from under dining tables at family gatherings, Hanna’s innate passion lead her on great adventures, opening doors to opportunities such as performing at the TD Bank North Gardens Stadium with the New Kids on the Block for their comeback tour, facing a sold out 37,000 person stadium. Take that, stage fright!
While attending Berklee College of Music, she performed with distinguished artists such as Simone Shaheen, Bassam Saba, Erkan Ogur, and Laço Tayfa's Hüsnü Şenlendirici. Hanna personally directed and performed in the group representing the Middle East in the Berklee International Folk Festival. Hanna also performed and worked along side artists such as Paula Cole, Don Was, Philip Bailey, Lailah Hathaway and many others.
After graduation, Hanna headlined at the Boston “House of Blues” main stage before moving to Beirut, Lebanon, to pursue two of her true loves: music and the Arabic language. Hanna was well received and performed her original fusion music throughout the region. From there, the world has been her stage, traveling, and performing across the Middle East, Canada, Mexico, and the United States, where she currently calls Austin, Texas, home.
Hanna was introduced to her current producer, John Moyer, bassist of the hard rock band, Disturbed, and formed an incredible musical team! They are currently recording her debut album set to be released in early 2019.
“It is amazing to see musicians from various backgrounds, religions, mindsets, prejudices, and upbringing, that would normally separate them, join together and produce such brilliant sounds… Those unique situations are the fertilizer for peaceful soil… and this Earth needs much more of that” – Hanna Barakat
NOTEWORTHY FESTIVALS & VENUES
Texas: Uber Radio Live Stage at Austin City Limits Music Festival, Red Gorilla Music Festival, The Lights Fest, Pecan Street Festival, Vulcan Gas Company, Craft Pride, The Blackheart, HAAM Day
New England: TD Banknorth Gardens, Mohegan Sun, Providence Civic Center, House of Blues, Boston University Agganis Arena, Berklee Performance Center, Berklee Café 939, Berklee David Friend Recital Hall, Berklee LOFT, Berklee RED Room, Church of Boston, All Asia, Fisher College, Harvard University
NYC: Webster Hall, Carnegie Hall, Bowery Poetry Club, Knitting Factory, Bowery Electric, Queens International Night Market, Rockwood Music Hall
Mexico: San Miguel Sound International Festival, SMA Food Festival
Canada: Heart & Crown (Byward Market & Preston St.), Rainbow Bistro, Woody’s, Peter Devine’s, Schnitzels, Bay Street Bistro & Bar, The Glen, Pour House/Aulde Dubliner, Highlander Pub, Royal Oaks (multiple locations), Pub 101, Barley Mow (Barrhaven), Deacon Brodie's
Middle East: Hard Rock Cafe - Beirut, Razz’zz Jazz Bar, Hotel Le Grey, Dany’s, Walimat Wardeh, Captain’s Cabin, Grafitti, Name this Bar, Knock On Wood, G. Bar, Oaks
John Moyer - Disturbed
Tim Palmer - '62 Studios
Johnny Hooper - Hooper Music Productions
Sabi Saltiel - Gevrec Music Production
Alessio Romano - Studio 42 Brooklyn
The New Kids On the Block
The New York Gypsy All-Stars
Berklee Middle Eastern All-Stars