After years of cover songs, Carla is ecstatic that her own songs (some are so personal that it has taken over 10 years to record) will be released along with a few of her customized favorites.
Carla Norris’ singing career really began after a performance in a community play directed by her Sister Sandra in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. A cast member had challenged her to audition on the spot. Although very shy, she answered the challenge & following the success of the show, was encouraged by all to sing Jazz professionally. However, after a short time with a Jazz and later RnB band she toured the college circuit in a Top 40 band. Moving back to Chicago she was then invited to open for bluesman Bobby Blue Bland.
Returning to her home state of Louisiana she studied briefly at Southern University in Baton Rouge with renowned Jazz Studies Director, Dr. Alvin Batiste but it was in Shreveport that she gained the most experience so far, performing and recording. She played extensively with legendary Blues and Jazzmen Jesse Thomas and blind Leon “Peaches” Sterling - sharpening her craft in Jazz, Standards, American Songbook, Blues, Classic Pop, RnB, Show tunes, Top 40 and Jingles. Carla was also featured with various others including the Shreveport Regional Big Band, Fusion, Classic/Contemporary Pop and New Orleans-styled Boogie Woogie Jazz bands.
She later moved to Dallas, Texas where she soon married renowned drummer Tommy Hopkins, Jr. Returning to America, after an invitation to perform in Paris, France, she took a few years off to devote her life to family and church.
After several years, Carla could not resist the call and re-emerged to write record and perform internationally. She has recorded with the Grammy award-winning T.D. Jakes Potters House Choir and travels with the award-winning Kevin O. Davis and the Friendship Baptist Church of the Colony Unified Choir.
Carla’s uninhibited improvisation is always a part of her music - whether in the studio or during live performances – whether Scat or Spoken Word - it’s spontaneous, sometimes surprising and always fun.