"She effortlessly transcends influences and comparisons with a fully formed and highly personalized vision and approach. The enlightened album's "Ignatius" (a Waits original) is it's most adventurous song."
"Waits’ voice draws you deep into the material with her compelling ability to be bold but languid at the same time."
Jazz & Blues Report
"Her debut marks a reason to celebrate: the world has a new star on the scene and she's headed for the top."
Southland Blues Magazine
“A heady infusion of emotion, be it lighthearted or introspective, make for one intriguing effort. The music benefits from Hope’s ability to absorb many musical genres to enhance her own sound.”
Blues Blast Magazine
" ... a rare combination of ability, class and grace- qualities that could well make this new artist the modern day equivalent of Billie Holiday. Simple is the operative word ... an album that easily rates as one of the best debuts of 2007."
““Hope Waits is the new 'Lady Day'... an incredible voice and feeling that generates electricity. A new voice of patience, meaning and an unbelievable sense of style that has a proven way of transcending all the female vocal music that means the important message of art to our generation.””
" ... listening to Waits' emerge full-blown on her debut album is a stark and fairly stunning revelation. Be ready."
Studio City Sun Magazine
"These 3 tracks (Fortune Teller, Ballad, Ignatius) are earnest, breathy and rousing all at once. “Ignatius” is especially lovely; lilting... her lyrics are resolute, demanding transformation; a perfect finale to a fine premier... puts Waits in a league all her own. Beautiful."
““ ... a coy chanteuse who will totally floor you singing the blues ... coming across as the sultriest southern singer since Allison Moorer.””
Campus Circle Magazine
" ... a lovely, breathy voice, a folksy-jazzy Dramamine bent but much more sass than Jones....Waits has a very certain future."
Blues Critic Media
"This is an impressive debut recording that will leave you wanting to hear more".
Blues Bytes Magazine
““ ... Hope Waits is an emotionally charged jazz release sung by a very determined, talented, and captivating performer whose voice was born to sing jazz and the blues.””
Luxury Experience Magazine
"Somewhere within the hints of Muldaur's slyness, Joan Osborne's gutsy lower register and Norah Jones' languid breathiness, Waits becomes not only her own woman, but her own artist. Don't let this one pass you by. It could be the first recording in a very fruitful career."
Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange