Thank you Hanna!! The Sky is the limit for you Hanna. Your voice, your songs, and your drive cannot be denied!!”

John Moyer

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

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...There is a strong peace message.”

Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene

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!

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

Michelle K. - Beirut Night Life

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

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


  • Indie International Songwriting Contest 2016 - 1st Place Winner for Original Rock Composition, “Cycle”, 2016 
  • and America's Got Talent - Judge’s Pick, Los Angeles Castings - for Original Song Challenge, and a front of-the-line pass to audition live for the producers, “Leave Your Light On”, 2016 
  • - Judge’s Pick, Original Rock Challenge, “Leave Your Light On”, 2016 
  • Music I/O - Original Rock Challenge - 1st Place, “Criminal” 2015 
  • Music I/O - Original Song Challenge (All Genres) - 3rd Place Overall, “Criminal”, 2015 
  • Berklee College of Music – Songs for Social Change Runner-Up, "Cycle," 2010 
  • Berklee College of Music – Women Musicians Network Competition Winner, "Cycle," 2010 
  • Berklee College of Music – Substance Abuse Awareness Competition Finalist, "Let Go," 2010 
  • Berklee College of Music – Songwriting Department Annual Competition Winner, original "Cycle," 2010 
  • Berklee College of Music – Walter W. Harp Liberal Arts Music & Society Award, Excellence Award, 2010 
  • Berklee College of Music – Lester Lanin Endowed Scholarship, 2010 
  • Berklee College of Music – Jack Maher Award, Songwriting Department, 2010 
  • Berklee College of Music – Songwriting Department Performer/Songwriter Competition Winner, "Wanting to Go Home," 2009 
  • Berklee College of Music – Berklee Achievement Based Scholarship, 2009-2010 
  • Berklee College of Music - Student Ambassador, 2009 
  • Berklee College of Music - Dean's List 2007-2010