If Amy Winehouse could somehow be resurrected and form a band with Adele, Christina Aguilera, and Linda Ronstadt when she was in the prime of her career, the result would be the sound of scintillating and sensational singer-songwriter, Hanna Barakat!”

Clive Swersky, Host and Producer, Alive with Clive -- The TV Show Where Today's Top Singer-Songwriters Thrive!

1st Place Winner for Original Rock Composition, “Cycle”, 2016

1st Place Winner for Original Rock Composition, “Cycle”, 2016

Songwriter Hanna Barakat of Brooklyn, NY, won first place in the International Songwriting Competition 2016 for her song “Cycle.” The tune is a peace anthem for the world that incorporates numerous foreign instruments and languages, including a spoken-word section in Arabic.”

Berklee Today - Summer 2016

The Hard Rock Café filled up with fans relishing Hanna’s incredible voice...”

Michelle K. - Beirut Night Life

Hanna Barakat’s 'Cycle' takes us on a multi-faceted journey through her Lebanese identity, exploring both inner (personal) and outer (regional, Israeli-Palestinian) motifs in a piece that combines Middle Eastern rhythms and modern rock. Hanna’s group includes oud and quanun players, plus two backup singers. There is a strong peace message.”

Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene

Hanna does not cease a hum of a song, to sing at any hour of the day. It is almost her only drive and that is enough, because in certain cases, the talent is really innate.”

Kayla Rached - Agenda Culturel

Two things stood out to my ears while listening to the song submitted by this young lady from Beirut, Lebanon. First of all I really dig the whole Middle Eastern hard rock/metal sound the song has going for it. Second and more importantly this artist has supreme control over her voice, and she uses that control to great effect. If you like Amy Lee’s voice you’ll really dig this powerful vocalist.”

Tenfold - The Ripple Effect

She is a talented musical performer, singer, bandleader, songwriter and organizer, and can be counted on to come through in the clutch with verve and veracity.”

Tom Stein - Professor - Berklee College Of Music

The most unique song I heard that night was 'Cycle' by Hanna Barakat. Hanna is a first generation Lebanese-American. The Middle Eastern flare of her song was entrancing. Her band had great percussion and two very peculiar instruments (Oud and Qanun). The Oud and the Qanun players were authentic and astounding. The mix of music and Hanna’s incredible voice cast a spell over everyone.”

Gerrit Hagen - Boston Girl Guide

...It's not about writing songs for the sake of writing...the music has for Hanna a particular savour, an Eastern savour. From a very young age, the Arab music challenged and attracted [her], as much as pop, rock'n'roll and even the hardware rock'n'roll. In impossibility of choosing, Hanna starts to compose with “the intention to rather add Eastern savours to a framework of rock'n'roll”, allowing her, at the same time, to soften her voice and to have more melodic rhythmic phrases. These Eastern ornamentations serve an idea in filigree: to push those which do not know the Eastern music, a Western public primarily, to pose questions and to want to carry out research on this part of the world. “I leave key points that hint to this area and these issues as opposed to spelling it out...”. Hanna always seeks to further go, to impregnate more Eastern music in the hope to introduce maqâms [arabic scales] into her compositions, and release her album...”

Nayla Rached - Agenda Culturel