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Meet Carla Berg

Today we’d like to introduce you to Carla Berg. She and her team share her story with us below.

Please kick things off for us with some background on Carla’s story.
Hi, meet Carla! A multicultural singer and recording artist. An “old soul” singer who perfectly blends harmony, diversity, and language with joy, connection, and comfort. Her voice is the perfect combination of sultry and sweet.

Carla’s melodious musical style was inspired by her childhood roots in São Paulo, Brazil, her religious Jewish culture and influences from different genres of music played by artists in numerous languages including Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, Hebrew, English, Ladino, and Arabic.  

Carla has a unique and fresh way of interpreting her music – combining her Latina background with these multicultural influences.”

My earliest musical memories were from my Grandfather, a Cantor.  Originally from Lebanon, he moved to Copacabana, RJ where we used to spend our summers.  Spending so much time in Rio gave me a better chance to be close to Samba during carnival in Rio.   It was through him (and my Israeli father originally from Syria) that I started to really feel the connection with my religion, languages, music and the several cultures and ethnic groups with which I identified.

Carla, did you always know this is what you wanted to do?
I knew at a young age, I wanted to use my voice to connect with people. I began singing in choirs, at family gatherings such as weddings and religious services and like every child, at home in the shower!

After moving to the United States, and becoming a mother, I fully embraced my passion for singing, continuing my vocal studies with many voice coaches.

After being in the US for many years, I found myself moving further away from my roots as I started singing opera and American musical styles – which did not feel like “me”! Although I grew and learned so much, most recently I made the decision to finally record my first EP in order to demo the Bossa Nova/jazz style and connect with my Jewish, Brazilian and Latin roots. As music is the universal language, I chose to sing in four different languages as a way to reach people from a variety of backgrounds and cultures!

I am honored to have worked with the best musicians in San Diego – among them, the Danny Green Trio and the great brothers, Peter Sprague and Tripp Sprague to bring this project to life.

This is so exciting for me – as I always had this dream to sing and touch people through music. Sometimes, you keep waiting for the right time – just to realize you have to make the right time happen! Otherwise, you will always think you aren’t ready. I’m ready. I’m there and I am thrilled to share my voice with the world.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has been an amazing journey. I love to sing and I truly feel like myself when I’m doing it. Connecting with other humans through music seems to be my purpose in this life. It hasn’t been a smooth road – especially because I am a perfectionist and very hard on myself.

I was interested in so much and I wanted to learn, study and master everything! I studied percussion, piano, dancing including samba, zouk, and folk dancing to name a few! I began non-traditional education such as California Brazil Camp – which was a wonderful way to return to my Brazilian roots.  I attended hands-on workshops, performed theater, and improv classes and always continued my voice training with amazing professional coaches/mentors such as Kevyn Lettau.

People kept asking me to sing and wanted to hear my voice. I soon realized that formal education and striving to be perfect was not as important as my story, my voice, and my passion! I was lucky that people were drawn to me and that is what ultimately inspired me to start working on my EP along with some original songs! I originally recorded to create a legacy and document my journey but what I really found was the enjoyment of the process and creating with other musicians.

It was a challenge to become visible on social media and become subject to judgment and criticism. As a new artist, it was overwhelming learning how to break into the industry, learn how to be a musician in the digital age and speak the language the industry executives speak – especially since English is not my first language!

My daughters have been my driving force and support system throughout my journey. As the lyrics to one of my cover songs says “Someone who will take my hand and samba through life with me.” Through this journey, we discovered my oldest daughter’s inherent talent and have since recorded a cover together. This was a challenge to overcome our different musical styles but ultimately allowed us to play together and have an even more intimate relationship with each other.

During the recording of the EP, I learned to put myself first, which was difficult because I always put my family’s needs above my own. I also had to learn how to assert myself and my ideas to stay authentic and true to myself, while still respecting the talent and direction of the production team.

Growing as a person and an artist will always be a constant learning curve and I welcome a continued challenge! It is worth it to be a musician!

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I am a multicultural songwriter and singer.

I sing to small crowds and audiences. I gravitate towards venues where am able to really interact with the audience and relate to them. I love to play music people feel. I love when they don’t just hear the music, but when I am able to get them out of their chairs dancing or singing along. It is important for me to know that I have touched someone through my music and am able to see their emotions. I don’t just want to perform to them but WITH them!

I am not perfect – but parts of me are excellent!  And you don’t have to be perfect to inspire! I am most proud that I have turned my talent and passion into a career and that I am able to incorporate my children into my music.  Singing and recording with my daughters has been one of the most wonderful experiences I will always treasure.

I am available to perform to a variety of audiences and musical styles including:
Brazilian (jazz, samba, world music, choro, forró)
Middle Eastern tradition (Ladino/Hebrew)

I am available to partner with other bands as lead vocalist.

I am currently booking private parties, private events, fundraisers, non-profit events, corporate events, weddings and more.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I plan to collaborate on more albums with local and international musicians.

I am working on releasing original songs including songs in languages such as Arabic.

I want to have a release party for my new EP and original songs!

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Alexandre Godinho, Marcelo Allende

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