Carla's roots lie deep in the Australian outback. Her childhood, spent on a remote cattle property in North Queensland, is perhaps the reason for Carla's relentless drive and determination to succeed. Out there, overcoming difficulties is a way of life. When the nearest music teacher was four hours drive away, she taught herself to sing and play guitar. That was at age ten. Now, just over a decade later, she has overcome the odds of isolation and emerged as one of the most promising and talented singer/songwriters in Australia.
Carla's music career spans less than three years. By industry standards, she is a beginner, with a lot of ground to cover. The songs, however, tell a different story. As the title Ten years in 5 suggests, a wealth of experience, seemingly equivalent to many more years than reality permits, have been drawn upon. Combined with her natural affliction for writing, the resultant collection of songs would rival any of her contemporaries.
"Carla's lyrics are modern without being sugary. She doesn't get bogged down in heart wrenching love ballads and takes a broad and at time frank look at life." Bob Anthony Jnr. June 2004.
Carla's songs effortlessly cross the divide providing a fresh combination of country, acoustic, folk, and bluegrass elements in a simplistic, realistic manner.
"There's plenty of enthusiasm in many of her songs, especially the uptempo numbers such as the opening "Out All Night", the unmistakable country flavour of "Little Piece of Heaven", the quirky "Boy For The Weekend", the solid "Good Now You're Gone" (with it's rocky feel) and her more mellow tracks like the lyrically strong "Not Supposed to Know" and the West Coast feel of "Should've Known Better". She lacks nothing in her ballads with tracks like "Smile", "The 10:05" and the gentle "Driving". Be prepared for a "surprise" in "Bob's Birthday" - it has a truthful message to it which will appeal to both males and females (for different reasons)." Bob Anthony Jnr. 17 June 2004.
Ten years in 5 was independently released in May 2004. It could best be described as a remarkable collection of songs that deviate from the traditional clichÃ©s in the country music industry. Already receiving widespread airplay nationally, the album has secured distribution rights with national independent distributor, One Stop Entertainment, and is certainly destined for further success in both the country and contemporary folk and acoustic genres.
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1. Out All Night
2. Little Piece of Heaven
5. Boy for the Weekend
6. Bob's Birthday
7. Good Now You're Gone
9. Life of Mine
10. Not Supposed to Know
11. Should've Known Better