Carla’s musical history lives side by side with her life history. Influenced by her parent’s musical tastes, she grew up listening to Brazilian music. Carla’s father was transferred from São Paulo to Chicago when she was a child and so American music of the 70’s added to the soundtrack of her young life and continued to influence her till today.
At six years old, Carla began piano lessons, followed by guitar lessons at 10. By 11 she was writing and recording her own songs on her Panasonic tape recorder and on her dad’s Tascam reel to reel deck. But her professional life began at 19 when she started performing with local Chicago bands and landed several national commercial jingles. It wasn’t long before Carla moved to Los Angeles and was soon touring with major and diverse artists like Billy Idol, Sergio Mendes, and actor/musician Gary Sinise.
Billy Idol’s Charmed Life Tour played two consecutive nights at the famed Rock in Rio II in Rio be Janeiro, including the most attended night of nearly 200,000 people. After a year touring with Idol, Carla returned to Los Angeles, continued to work as a vocalist, and began pursuing songwriting.
TV appearances included 7th Heaven, Pee Wee’s Playhouse, The Tonight Show and album participations include Gino Vannelli’s Inconsolable Man and Enrique Bunbury’s Dispierta. Carla sang on several films, like Rio 2 with Janelle Monáe and Rio with Sergio Mendes, John Powell, and Carlinhos Brown; Ask The Dust (Salma Hayek and Collin Ferrell) and Disney’s Kronk’s New Groove.
Between gigs as a singer, Carla dedicated herself to songwriting. In Brazil, her song Teu Olhar became the theme song for the telenovela Amor e Ódio and soon after she released her first EP, appropriately titled First, which received acclaim and support from Radio Eldorado in São Paulo and KPFK in Los Angeles. Carla’s songs have also appeared in the film I Do and the cult film Sword of Honor.
In 2006 Carla recorded her first full-length album, Quero Saber, which included a track featuring Carla’s long time friend Mike Patton of Faith No More. Patton and Carla have been friends since Faith No More opened for Billy Idol’s Charmed Life Tour. The two reunited to sing a version of Lennon and McCartney’s Julia, which was nominated for an Independent Music Award in the cover song category.
Carla’s third album, Circulo, produced by Léo Costa (Sergio Mendes, Bebel Gilbreto), features guest vocals and production by legendary drummer James Gadson (Bill Withers, Martha Reeves, Randy Crawford, Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, BB King, e Rose Royce). Selected vocals and drums were recorded on Gadson’s vintage board, once owned by Berry Gordy for his west coast Motown recordings.
In 2012, Carla sang for the legendary Caetano Veloso when he was honored as the Latin Grammy Person Of The Year. Singing for Caetano and the show’s many guest artists, including Natalie Cole, Seu Jorge, Lila Downs, and Nelly Furtado, inspired Carla’s latest project, +Blue more blue). Carla continues to live, record, and perform in Los Angeles and is on faculty at Flea’s (Red Hot Chili Peppers) Silverlake Conservatory of Music.