Press

Worldbeat Canada (2012)
"a funky, sexy masterpiece of sambatronix."

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World Music Central (2012)
"Circulo brilliantly finds the connecting points between the soulful Afro-rooted musics of Brazil and the United States."

My World Music Friends (2012)
"An English and Portuguese concoction of sunny, breezy, and lounge-worthy tracks that could be used for a little dancing, too. Anyone interested in Brazilian popular music, jazz, bossa nova, lounge, and samba will love Carla's music. Fans of Bebel Gilberto and Ceu will love her." 

Worldbeat Canada
 (2012)
"Carla Hassett has it going on; smoldering looks, versatile voice and an original musical sensibility drawn from the best of North and South American popular idioms."

Music Connection Magazine (2012)
"Hassett's vocal range is incredibly dynamic. Her smooth transitions from soft and subtle to deep and sultry--without a single crack or stutter--can captivate even the hardest of hearts."



Original Music Reviews (2012)
"Circulo is a 12 song fine piece of art with various colors, temperatures, and emotions rolled into it."

LA Music Blog (2012)
"I loved her sense of humor during the between-song banter"

URB Magazine (2009)
I'm impressed with songwriters who can write in multiple languages and still manage to keep their music authentic, and Carla Hassett achieves that on her sophomore effort Quero Saber, which is in both English and Portuguese. Like always, it's a daring move to cover a Beatles song, though Hassett pulls it off with grace on "Julia" in which Mike Patton joins her on vocals for her bi-lingual version of the song. Carla Hassett will no doubt gain well-deserved attention with Quero Saber." 

Music Connection Magazine (2012)
"a sizzling contemporary style with traces of jazz, samba, soul and pop,"

Global Rhythm (2007)
"Born in Brazil, raised in the U.S. and now based in Los Angeles, Carla Hassett has sung background for acts ranging from Sergio Mendez to REO Speedwagon. An ear for hooks is apparent on her first full-length album, which features 11 breezy, Brazilian-flavored tracks sung in English and Portuguese. With touches of samba, bossa, Bahia as well as a lot of straight-ahead pop, this disc sounds custom-designed to play in your local coffeehouse on a summer afternoon." 

All Music (2007)
“Her samba whistles, her basslines, her guitar work are all flawless.”

World Music Central (2007)
"Brazil seems to have an endless supply of great musicians. Carla Rigolin Hassett is yet another name to add to the list...
When singing in English, Carla Hassett sounds surprisingly like Flora Purim, although her use of vocak effects gives a very current sound. Carla Hassett may not have the support of major labels or large indies, but she has proven to be an important artist in Brazilian contemporary music."

Sound The Sirens (2005)
"the perfect soundtrack for sipping apple martinis and watching the sunset."

World Pulse Magazine (2005)
"If you enjoy Bebel Gilberto in doses but yearn for the musical moxie of alternative artists, Carla Hassett might just be your favorite find of this year."

Midwest Record (2005)
"Certainly if Bebel Gilberto has turned your head, Hassett will continue to set you swiveling."