Client Reviews


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"From the moment I met Carolena Mátus several years ago, it was obvious that she loves her art and is a very talented vocalist with a solid knowledge of her genre.

"Since then, I have had the privilege of working with Carolena on several occasions, both as a Jazz performer and in her role as Board member of the Seattle Chapter of the National Association for Catering and Events (NACE).

"In both capacities, I have come to know Carolena as an extraordinary professional with flawless follow through, [whom] you can solidly count on. Carolena cares deeply about doing an excellent job and her pleasant and calming demeanor makes her a joy to be around and listen to. Most recently, during one of her RLife Live performances in our Renaissance Lobby Court Lounge, it also became obvious that Carolena has a lot of community support and knows how to draw a crowd, since we had great bar attendance and an extra joyful atmosphere during her performance."

Pieter Koomen
Director of Catering and Events
Renaissance Seattle Hotel
Event Type(s):  Public and Corporate



"Carolena Mátus is very professional and very talented. She would be an asset to any event. I have seen her perform at both private and public events with various instrumental accompaniment in her jazz group. If you are looking to have live music for your next event, this is the gal for you. Her ability to bring such beautiful music to an event will wow your attendees every time."

Rachel Townsend
Catering Sales Manager
W Hotels Seattle
Event Type(s):  Corporate and Public


"Carolena is outstanding!  [She] was everything we were hoping for plus more. Her expertise was on a level where she had to actually bring herself down to our musical level to even work with the simple concept we gave her. She was very open to ideas that we had but she also gave her own professional opinion. Overall, we created a great product and we will be attempting to use Carolena again the next time we need a sultry vocalist. Thank you so very much Carolena!"

Issac Bronner
Music Producer
Event Type:  Recording Studio Session Project


"Carolena's jazz performance was thoroughly enjoyed by approximately 300+ guests.  Her voice along with her piano player were top rate. Just like being at a jazz performance in Las Vegas!"

Kimberly Polanco
Catering Sales Manager
Company:  Bellevue Hilton
Event Type:  Corporate


"Carolena Matus was the vocalist at our 25th wedding anniversary / vow renewal celebration ... and I could not have been more pleased. I chose the song I wanted featured in our ceremony (Grow Old with Me by John Lennon), and from there she took the song and masterfully adapted it to her jazz style, had an amazing harpist as her accompanist, and it was magical!!! Carolena is a master (mistress?) of anything musical, and I knew that in advance but her performance was simply wonderful, and I couldn't recommend her more highly!!!"

Gayle Sprague O'Donnell
Event Type:  25th Anniversary/Renewal of Vows


"Carolena did a great job at our wedding. I called her with short notice asking if she could sing as a surprise for my husband. And luckily she could, she was very accommodating and helped me choose a beautiful love song. Carolena is a true professional and I couldn't believe how much equipment she brought with her, she has everything for a professional set up and sound. She sang the song "That's All" just before we exchanged our vows.  [Carolena and her quartet also performed for our reception.]  Later that night when Patrick and I were talking about our fun wedding day, I asked him what his favorite part of the day was ... and his reply [was] "When Carolena sang the surprise song for me and you turned around and leaned into me."  That's all ..

Kari J. (Blunk) Stuckey
Event Type:  Wedding


"Carolena is a conscientious professional who knows and loves her art deeply and will deliver it with style. In a field with many copycats, you can hear her influences but her sound and approach are her own. Carolena is a thorough professional who understands clearly what a situation requires, and designs a unique and fulfilling delivery of the task. Her passion for her work, as well as for pleasing her clients, is clear.  She's a pleasure to listen to; I enjoyed working with her and would recommend her to any of my friends."

Eric Miller
Company:  Hands on Guitars
Event Type:  Private House Concert


"Carolena is a very talented and enthusiastic singer who brings vocal texture to your event."

Heather Hope
Washington State Sales Manager
Company:  Creative Coverings, Inc.
Event Type:  Corporate


"Carolena is a true professional and has talent that is obvious from studying under the best. She is always pleasant and has a calming personality which blends well with her style of music. She would be a great asset for any event ranging from corporate to social.  If you want your event to be boosted to top-notch ... or you are tired of the same entertainment you see at events all the time, you owe it to yourself to seriously consider hiring Carolena. She is very kind and very professional."

Janis Flagg-Berry
Event Planner and Designer
Company:  Greatest of Days
Event Type:  Corporate



"Thank you so much for adding a special touch to our ceremony and reception.  Your calm and sincere professionalism was a great relief, and made our wedding lovely and memorable.  Thanks!"

Jay and Bronwen
Groom and Bride
Event Type:  Wedding