While attending New York University, Carla landed a publishing deal with Jellybean Benitez of Jellybean Productions, Madonna’s producer. Her first single, “‘Not This Time”, was released on Atlantic Records. During that time, Carla had the good fortune of writing with many of the best such as Narada Michael Walden, Judd Friedman, Reggie Lucas, and more. As a recording artist, she had a single’s deal with RCA Records, a demo deal with MCA records, and a 6-album deal with the soon-to-be defunct Savage Records. Carla relocated to Los Angeles and landed the role of Maureen in the Tony award-winning musical “Rent” in the West Coast Premiere and later on Broadway. She worked both On and Off-Broadway in many cutting-edge shows like “Spring Awakening”, where she originated the role of Wendla working with Duncan Sheik in its early stages. During this time, her song, “The Lover That You Are” was covered by Pulse and went to #1 on the Billboard Dance charts, also winning an ASCAP award. “Music Takes You”, the follow-up single, also went top ten. Carla wrote the semi-autobiographical musical “Kaleidoscope”, which was selected for the prestigious ASCAP/Disney musical theater workshop in LA directed by Craig Carnelia/Stephen Schwartz.
Devoted to giving back to the community where her own dreams were born, Carla returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh to help found a new performing arts center and school, the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center and Charter School. Inspired to create a new body of work, Carla has recorded her truest and most personal yet. Since the release of Carla’s CD, ‘All This Time’ in June 2012, she has been creating quite the buzz in the indie music scene. ‘All This Time’ has been added to radio playlists at local stations throughout the US and on the internet. Carla was a semi-finalist in the 2013 Unsigned Only Music Competition for her song, ‘Lean into You’ and a semi-finalist in the 2013 International Songwriting Competition for her song ‘Words Are in the Way’. She has been interviewed and reviewed by numerous international entertainment blogs. Carla is performing with national and international acts such as Gino Vannelli, Rusted Root and Seth Glier. Her first music video for her single, ‘Words Are in the Way’ has received national airplay in store outlets and cable stations across the US. Carla is also very active in charity work performing benefit concerts for The American Cancer Society, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Playing for Change.org. Being very passionate about helping our youth, she donates to many children’s charities such as Children’s Hospital, St. Jude’s Hospital, Prison Fellowship Ministries, Tunes for Tots Worldwide and half of Carla’s CD sales are donated to Camp Southern Ground. Carla started her own record label, Ivory Note Records, and just signed a distribution deal with BFD/Sony RED. Together, they are re-releasing her CD ‘All This Time’ which includes the single and video to a new version of ‘Lean into You’. Release date is September 26, 2014.