It’s a good bet that Carla Waye probably didn’t think that repeated performances of ‘My Heart Will Go On’ at her mother’s karaoke nights will lead to her one day sharing the stage with Guy Sebastian and Flo Rida! Fast forward a few years and that’s exactly where she found herself! But that early childhood exposure to music (the sound of her mother “…singing while playing acoustic guitar, definitely has contributed to my appreciation for music.“) and performance has shaped Carla into the multi-faceted artist that she is today.
No doubt her vocal ability prompts comparisons to Beyonce and Alicia Keys, but there is an incredible amount of depth to Carla Waye. Not only has her talent been recognized at the Music Oz Awards, she has also written songs for both Ricki-Lee Coulter and Israel. Recently graduating as a Sound Engineer, she acknowledges that the additional skills “…have definitely added depth to my goals as a Professional Singer/Songwriter.” It has given her the freedom to “fool around” with her songs and it has also enabled her to offer those skills to other artists. “One example to which it comes in handy is when I get requests from rappers, other musicians etc for a hook, verse or feature for their track. I’m often able to record and send them back complete mixed vocals within a couple of hours.” That kind of versatility stands Carla in good stead in the music industry.
When asked what she enjoys most about performing, she replied: “That the stage is another world where the rules and etiquette of everyday life can be broken, flipped and reversed.” She encountered an example of this when she did some work experience as a sound engineer at ‘WOMADelaide’ – an internationally renowned 4-day music festival featuring cutting-edge artists from all over the world. There, she experienced the work of ‘Sa Dingding’, a Chinese folk singer and songwriter. “Her stage show and vocal ability was phenomenal yet twisted in every good way. She performs her self-created language…what I would give to get inside her head!”
What’s next for this talented artist? A recent trip to the US has yielded some exciting results. “The US was an amazing place, thriving with competition, but also opportunity….I got to hang out with Darryl Anthony (from the 90’s boy band ‘Az Yet’) in LA which led to plans for him to come to Australia…to produce for my upcoming album.” She also has plans to go to the Philippines in May 2010. “It will be the first place to which I’ll be seeking interest for my album.”
Sacrifices and passion have defined Carla Waye’s musical journey so far and now that she’s proven that she’s got the drive to further her career, it won’t be long until this vocal treasure will be discovered by a global audience.
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