WHAT “THEY” ARE SAYING ABOUT RAISSA’S LATEST SHOW AND CD,
“ANOTHER KIND OF LIGHT”
“A tart-tongued commentator on modern life.” [Her voice is] “an effective vehicle for witty storytelling.” Stephen Holden, NY TIMES
“A show about ‘I Want’-type songs, the type that an ingénue would typically sing. Most moving when proceeding from this starting point (…) a marriage and a lifetime later, she seems all the more funny because of it.” Will Friedwald WALL STREET JOURNAL
“A lovely voice! What’s noteworthy about Bennett’s sophomore disc ‘Another Kind of Light,’ is her ability to choose fresh and interesting material (…) which she sings beautifully!” David Hurst NEXT MAGAZINE
“‘Another Kind of Light’ merits a worthy place in your CD library. It’s an album that articulates a listener’s own unspoken feelings and thoughts – expressing everything from the ecstasy of being in love to the pain of a broken heart.” Elliott Ames, WVOX-AM
“A superb actress, she gave the funniest performance I’ve ever seen of ‘It’s a Good Thing He Can’t Read My Mind.’ […] Katona Bennett had the audience in the palm of her hand.” Joe Regan Jr. TIMES SQUARE CHRONICLES
“This is a singer who communicates with her audience one by one. She sings as if you are her friend, she makes you feel the warmth of her personality, she makes you laugh. She is like a glowing fire on a winter night… You must follow her and see for yourself.” Larisa Lerner RADIO POZITIV (Russian Radio NY)
“RAISSA KATONA BENNETT does for contemporary songwriters what Andrea Marcovicci has done for American popular standards. She not only totally personalizes and acts the songs, but at the same time, showcases the writers’ intentions and reveals deeper meanings in the material. With some singers you say, “Wow, what a singer!” With some you say, “Wow, what a song!” With Raissa, you get both!”— DAVID FRIEDMAN – Composer and Musical Director/Writing Partner with Kathie Lee Gifford, from The Today Show’s, “Everyone Has A Story”, and celebrated composer (“Listen to My Heart”, “We Can Be Kind”), Broadway, TV and Movie composer/arranger/conductor.
RAISSA won the 2011 and 2010 MAC & BISTRO Awards as Outstanding Host for THE CONCERTS FOR CITY GREENS and was nominated for a 2009 MAC* Award for Outstanding Female Vocalist.
*Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs.