Mixing soul, jazz, and country twang, Brooklyn’s Carla Lynne Hall is a singer/songwriter playing pop by her own set of rules. The Manhattan Mirror has described Carla’s music as “Norah Jones meets Sade for tea on their way to visit The Beatles”. A visit to Manhattan’s Hayden Planetarium inspired SUPERNOVA, the title track of Hall’s third CD, which her independent label Moxie Entertainment will release on February 28th 2006.
From the haunting “My Body’s Keeper” to the sassy “Left Side Blues” to the heartfelt “Lucy & Ethel”, Hall’s SUPERNOVA boldly tackles topics like friendship, addictions, and motherhood, and showcases a charismatic vocal style that has drawn comparisons to Roberta Flack and Sheryl Crow. Carla’s online fans will be among the first to enjoy her new CD, which will be available exclusively on the Internet. A CD release party is being planned for the spring, and a tour of college campuses will take place in the fall.
With lush production by Christian Cassan, SUPERNOVA hints at the producer’s fondness for the Beatles – the legendary band’s musical style, as well as their sonic experimentation in the studio. Instrumentation such as pedal steel, trumpet, and accordion treats the listener to Cassan’s sophisticated approach to producing. However, simple guitar/vocal arrangements are also featured as an ode to Hall’s acoustic roots.
Originally from Miami, Florida, Carla began dance and music lessons at the age of 5, performing in local recitals and talent shows, and later touring with school choral groups. After high school she studied voice with then-fledgling pop star Jon Secada, and successfully auditioned for the Studio Jazz and Vocal Program at his alma mater, The University of Miami School of Music. Carla has opened for veteran bluesman Taj Mahal, and toured Latin America as a backup artist with Spanish artist Rafael before moving to New York City in 1995.
Carla’s debut CD, FRONT & CENTER was released in 2001, and reached #3 in college radio playlists. She signed with the Barbara Coppersmith and Associates booking agency for her college performances. Her second release, the “My First Child” lullaby CD single, found popularity in 2004 with the baby shower set, as well as with pregnant celebrities Courtney Cox and Debra Messing who were expecting their first children that year.
Known in musician circles as “The DIY Diva”, Hall found an audience online when she began writing articles for musicians on MusicDish.com. Her informative articles on songwriting and performing made her a favorite with readers, who also started sharing her song MP3s on file-sharing websites. This led to her debut CD, FRONT & CENTER selling out with no radio airplay. Soon after, Vibe Magazine contacted her to start their new music business column called “The Biz”, in which she interviewed celebrities like Russell Simmons, Mary J. Blige, and Patti LaBelle about their career successes. She later compiled her articles and interviews into an eBook, The DIY Guide to the Music Biz, which is available at www.DIYGuide-MusicBiz.com.
Hall has also expanded her performances to the classroom. Teaching seminars for organizations such as The Learning Annex and ASCAP (American Society for Composers and Publishers), Carla has inspired attendees at standing room only lectures such as Making Money Making Music, Guerrilla Music Marketing, and Networking in the Music Biz. In addition to the performing end of the business, she has also worked on the other side of the desk. Her industry experience includes Juna Entertainment, as the former director of marketing, EMI Music Publishing, Criteria Recording Studios, and WHQT-FM in Miami, Florida.
Like a diamond with endless facets, Carla Lynne Hall has many creative gifts. Also like the precious gemstone, Hall’s SUPERNOVA is a testament of one woman’s resilience and her journey toward self-fulfillment, with “a pinch of strength and hope” – The Hudson Current