An avid singer and songwriter, this Chicago native has what very few vocalists of her kind possess…undeniable talent, sex appeal…. killer vocal and songwriting skills, and an undying drive and will to succeed. She is history in the making…She is Carla Prather.
A Chicago native, Carla has paid her dues in full. She has graced the stages of numerous venues in Chicago and abroad, has scores of fans worldwide awaiting her next move as an artist and songwriter, and can easily be found all over the web. Get to know her…quickly…..From the inception of her career as a Chicago artist, Carla spent many long nights working with local Chicago musicians and record producers, seeking opportunities to excel as a solo recording artist. Some of her works had begun to be featured on local radio shows such as Chicago Home Jams on 107.5 WGCI, KKC, and 106.3, but few knew of her. After a chance meeting with Frank Orrall, mastermind of Poi Dog Pondering, she was invited tp record vocals for the “Natural Thing” release and soon joined the band as a full time member. Carla then began performing across the U.S. with Poi traveling as far as Hawaii sharing her craft. In the comin years, Carla went on to record“Soul Sonic Orchestra” with Poi, and wrote six songs for the “In Seed Comes Fruit”album including “You Move Me”, “Hotel Seze”, “Hangover”, “Daytrippin”, “So Real”, and “Sleepover”.
As Carla began creating a buzz throughout the Chicago music circuit, as vocalist with “pipes” she won the hearts of many. Clubs like the Cotton Club, The Vic Theater, The Park West, The Green Dolphin Street Café, Double Door, the Metro, the District, and many more became home to her as she could often be found performing with Poi Dog Pondering and her forthcoming solo project at the time, Mr. Ali. She effortlessly found a way to keep her name in the mouths of many writing and creating music with the likes of some of the city’s hottest producers and songwriters including club legends Maurice Joshua, Byron Stringily (Ten City) and Hula Mahone (Outhere Brothers),in addition to Eric E. Smooth Miller, M. DOC, Mike Dunn, Terry Hunter, Vincent Lawrence, Vic Lavender, Jere McAllister, Anthony Nicholson, D. J. Boxx, Mel Hammond, and many more…Carla was paying dues.
In January 2007,Carla was invited to become a member of “The Craft” band, sponsored by Miller Genuine Draft, established to bring local acts and many well established acts together to give the talents an opportunity to genuinely collaborate. Carla worked for the next two years with acts such as Common, Amel Larrieux, Miri Ben Ari, Rakim, KRS 1, Lyfe Jennings, Marcia Ambrosious (Floetry), Erykah Badu, EPMD, Talib Kweli, Wu Tang Clan, Brand Nubians, Pharoah Monch, The Guru “Gangstarr” , Roy Ayers, M.C. Lyte Tedra Moses, and Chrisette Michelle. Carla then began writing for various local artists including disco diva DAJAE, latin artist Zanya, and the “Transit” recording released by Mr. Ali. To date, Carla has countless releases around the world with some of the hottest noted producers and deejays. These releases include; “Cast Your Spell” (West End) “Is It Love” (Rukus) “Whatcha Gon Do About It” (Loveslap) ”That Feeling”(West End) “Somebody”(ACT II), “One Day” (Oddessy), “First Time”(Crash),”Ask Me” (Music 101)“Rainy Day” (West End), “No More Love” (Jellybean Soul), “Simple”(Philosophee) “About Us” and “Imagine Freedom” (Unified), “Secrets and Lies” (Jellybean Soul), “Respect Our Love” (LavaJam), “Midnight Interlude” (West End), and “Make Love Not War” (Loveslap), “Out of Control” (Loveslap), “Send For Me” (Sophisticado),“I Am” (Esnition), “Gotta Do Better” (Defected). “N2U” with D.J. Danny Clark, “What Happened to Us” (the Jinx/Defected), “City High” (West Haven) and “Back to You” (Loveslap), “Special Love” with Dj Boxx, “Hey Baby, Call Me” and “The Art of Conversation” with Vic Lavender, “The Return” with Ruben Macias, “Save Me” with Dave Redsoul “The Morning After” with Dolls Combers, “Give You, Give Me” with Tribe Records, “Have No Fear” with Joey Silvero and “The Chosen Few” with DJ Terry Hunter.
Carla, along with local musicians from the band ZZAJE, continued to hone her craft as a back-up artist for R&B greats Al. B. Sure, El DeBarge, Chico DeBarge, and Christopher Williams, working alongside local artists such as Russoul Kane, Lee England Jr. Sheree Hicks, RaShaan Houston, and many others. In time, Carla also became a professional voiceover artist for Stimmung Marketing and Steve Ford Music completing a spot called “Broadway” for Michelob Ultra which aired during the Tony Awards. Carla also made a mark on the television industry with her recorded tune ” Milk and Honey” with Soundpusher that made its’ way into an episode of CSI Miami, and “Get it Right” which aired on the HBO series “Queer as Folk”.
In 2012, Carla teamed up with Soulistic 360 producer Arnell Newman and released her e.p. “CHRONICLES OF A SOUL SISTAH” including the hot steppers jam “I Do Me” which remained at number one on the Chicago Soul and Neo Soul charts on CDbaby for three consecutive weeks upon it’s release. The ep promises to be the prelude to the much anticipated full length album scheduled to drop in the Spring of 2012 with producer credits which include Benny “Dada” Tillman of Atlanta and Jere McAllister.
Carla continues to perform with Mr. Ali, and Poi Dog Pondering as well as ZZAJE’ and New York natives Tortured Soul all while writing and recording for her publishing company Carla Prather Music! She also lends of her time to her deceased sisters’ foundation The Nellie Prather Foundation geared towards mentoring teen girls and sharing her experiences as a recording artist and woman of virtue whom is on the rise!!
She credits GOD for her many successes, as well as her family whom is her ultimate support system.
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“She is, to many Chicagoans the answer to Angie Stone…Jill Scott….Erykah Badu….and Lauryn Hill all rolled up into one”
– Jere McAllister Songwriter/Producer/Musician
“She is the “quiet storm” of the music industry in Chicago.”
– The Diz D.J. 106.3 Radio Chicago
“…the next step for her would be a wise A&R exec with a contract and a check”.
– Larry Flick (Former Billboard Dance Editor/July 1997)
“Pipes!” …Leon Rogers WGCI