Austin, Texas local, Hanna Barakat, has one hell of a set of lungs on her and she knows how to use them. Barakat is premiering “Wildfire” from her new album “Siren,” produced by John Moyer (Disturbed). Barakat’s vocals on “Wildfire” are stunning and showcase her incredible range and control. Laid over the heavy guitar riffs, Barakat sounds both enchanting and terrifying. This seems to be the point she is trying to convey, as she discussed her album being a mix of the seductiveness of “mythical sirens of the sea…[with] the double meaning [of] an actual siren, warning call, alarm!”
With the album mixed by Martin Nessi (Michael Jackson estate, Ariana Grande, Josh Groban, Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli, Ricky Martin, Kelly Clarkson) and mastered by Ted Jansen of Sterling Sound (Disturbed, Evanescence, Three Days Grace, Breaking Benjamin, Halestorm, Pat Metheny), it’s quite easy to see how Barakat’s beautiful vocals are able to be woven so superbly into a heavy track. “Wildfire” is nicely balanced and is definitely an ear-worm, with a strong chorus that sets you aflame with passion. With both feel good lyrics and triumphant instrumentals, I highly recommend checking out “Wildfire” on her latest album Siren.
Barakat also has some shows coming up in Austin on September 24 and October 16, and I can only imagine how powerful she’ll be live, so head to her website to find details and buy merch. Find Siren, featuring the single “Wildfire” on Spotify.