Born in Montreal, Canada, and having started singing at age four, this
diminutive combination of Barbra, Cher and fellow Canadian, Celine,
thankfully, has “chops” that can hold up to the comparisons. With
strong support from two exceptional back-up singers, Greg Clark and
John James, and the marvelous Clifford Carter at the piano, she
proceeded to knock song after pop/rock song “out of the park”!
Hannah arrived in New York in 1998 with some very heavy-duty
credentials, having been hand-picked by Celine Dion to perform at her
wedding with the David Foster Orchestra. Since coming to the states,
she’s worked with multi-Grammy Award-winning songwriters Jim Steinman,
Diane Warren and Rick Allison, and she’s recorded with Turkish pop
superstar Sezen Aksu, along with releasing two CDs of her own, I’ll Be
Alright (Breaking Records) and “Karine” (Young Pals Music).
Capable of singing in a variety of different genres and languages, her
set at the Metropolitan drew heavily from the 1980s with classics like
“These Eyes” coupled with “I’d Really Like to See You Tonight,”
“Sometimes When We Touch,” an a capella verse and chorus of “When I
Need You” and a deeply felt “The Living Years,” recorded by Mike and
The Mechanics, with touching lyrics by B.A. Robertson about lost
communication between parent and child.
She sang two exceptional medleys, one of which included “Turn Me
Loose” (originally recorded by Canadian rock band, Loverboy), “The Air
That I Breathe,” “Just Remember I Love You,” “Love Is the Answer,”
“How Much I Feel” and “Just When I Needed You Most.” Each song flowed
seamlessly from one to another and revealed her very palpable
connection to the golden age of pop and rock music.
A humorous story about making out with Bruce Springsteen and a spot on
impersonation of Dr. Ruth enhanced her comfortable stage presence and
easy rapport with the audience and left the impression that there was
far more to her than just a powerhouse voice. She’s someone to watch!
April 13, 2011