Where do we begin to describe a Vocal Goddess? Let's begin at the start of the Goddess LIFE ;) Karla Harris spent her childhood days writing stories on the weekends. And making sure that she delved into her parents' eclectic LP collection. Nancy Wilson, Barbra Streisand, Sammy Davis, Jr. - then there was Billie Holiday, the 5th Dimension and Aretha. Yep, you can hear a LOT of those influences in Karla. Might yours truly add: Shirley Bassey. POWER. This woman is all about the power and control.
Karla and her cousin entertained the family when they were very young girls - but it was when she was ten that she performed a solo at school. And something CLICKED.
In college, Karla was asked to sing with the St. Louis Jazz Quartet. She became known as a versatile and in-demand PRO. The early 2000's found our guest singing in combos led by Tom Kennedy. Tom's connections with Rosemary Clooney, Freddie Hubbard , Ben Vereen and way more bode well for Karla. Their musical partnership paved the way for a successful move to Jazz-rich Portland. That lively scene opened MORE doors for this amazing vocalist.
Her first CD, "Twice As Nice", debuted in 2007. Standards done anew. In 2012, Karla re-located to Atlanta - and this is where the star began to truly shine. Rave reviews spilled OVER when "Karla Harris Sings the Dave & Iola Brubeck Songbook" was released. Needless to say, we were WAITING for "Certain Elements!" We have a sneak peek at the new album - and let me say this: this teacher, artist-in-residence, and SUPERB vocalist has accomplished what she always wanted: to touch people in the very center of their being. When YOU hear these tracks, you'll stop IN your tracks.
Join us on 10/9. Three p.m. For MAGIC.