Carla first performed when she was just 4 years old at a party where guests filled a Styrofoam cup with money upon hearing her sing. From this early beginning, music has always been her passion. Seeing a piano in a Tom and Jerry cartoon, Carla felt a calling to play the instrument and began writing songs at the age of 10.
While attending New York University, Carla landed a publishing deal with Jellybean Benitez of Jellybean Productions, Madonna’s producer. Her first single, “‘Not This Time”, was released on Atlantic Records. During that time, Carla had the good fortune of writing with many of the best such as Narada Michael Walden, Judd Friedman, Reggie Lucas, and more. As a recording artist, she had a single’s deal with RCA Records, a demo deal with MCA records, and a 6-album deal with the soon-to-be defunct Savage Records. Carla relocated to Los Angeles and landed the role of Maureen in the Tony award-winning musical “Rent” in the West Coast Premiere and later on Broadway. She worked both On and Off-Broadway in many cutting-edge shows like “Spring Awakening”, where she originated the role of Wendla working with Duncan Sheik in its early stages. During this time, her song, “The Lover That You Are” was covered by Pulse and went to #1 on the Billboard Dance charts, also winning an ASCAP award. “Music Takes You”, the follow-up single, also went top ten. Carla wrote the semi-autobiographical musical “Kaleidoscope”, which was selected for the prestigious ASCAP/Disney musical theater workshop in LA directed by Craig Carnelia/Stephen Schwartz.
Carla returned to her hometown outside of Pittsburgh to help with a family illness and soon was asked to help found a new performing arts school, the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School. She devoted the next years giving back to her hometown community. She was then inspired to write new material that brought her back to her first love, the piano. After the initial release of Carla’s CD, ‘All This Time’ in June 2012, she had created quite the buzz in the indie music scene. Soon after, Carla started her own record label, Ivory Note Records, and signed a distribution deal with BFD/Sony RED. They re-released her CD ‘All This Time’ on Sept. 26, 2014 which includes the single to a new version of ‘Lean into You’. ‘All This Time’ has been added to radio playlists at local stations throughout the US and on the internet. Carla was a semi-finalist in the 2013 Unsigned Only Music Competition for her song, ‘Lean into You’ and a semi-finalist in the 2013 International Songwriting Competition for her song ‘Words Are in the Way’. She has been interviewed and reviewed by numerous international entertainment blogs and publications such as Broadway World and Music Inform. Carla has performed with national and international acts such as Kenny Loggins, Gino Vannelli, Rusted Root and Seth Glier. Her first music video for her single, ‘Words Are in the Way’ has received national airplay in store outlets and cable stations across the US. Carla toured the East Coast last Fall in the Windstorm Tour 2015 where she debuted a new cabaret show ‘The Call: An Evening with Carla Bianco’ at Feinstein’s/54 Below: Broadway’s Supper Club.
Her most recent venture is her 2nd EP, ‘Give Voice’ released in December 2015. ‘Give Voice’ was created to provide support and inspiration for those struggling with a major life challenge. The songs Carla has written are inspired by different people that have something to voice but can’t for one reason or another; a mute and deaf boy in a wheel chair, an Afghanistan girl who committed suicide as a protest for her freedom and a 9-year old boy with Autism. She is connecting ‘Give Voice’ with a partnering charity and donating all the record sales proceeds to them. She also had the amazing opportunity to cover John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ on the Steinway John Lennon Imagine Piano Series. The ‘Imagine’ cover song is part of the Give Voice EP and was released November 2015 as a single. Carla is very active in charity work performing benefit concerts and donating to The American Cancer Society, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Playing for Change, Arts for Autism of Pittsburgh Foundation, The Joey Travolta Film Camp for Autistic Kids, Parents in Toto Autism Center, Suicide Awareness Voices of Education and 2ndSam9 for Disabled Adults. She’s also glad to be a ‘legend’ spokesperson for Helpfreely.org, raising funds for nonprofits. Carla is looking forward to sharing her ‘Give Voice’ message of helping others in 2016!