Dedication, Passion and Belief
Singer/Songwriter and Recording Artist, Carla Olive presents her dynamic musical abilities in pop rock riffs and rhythms with interesting melody lines. Her music speaks with dynamics and feel, as her lyrics challenge the heart and mind… passionate about social issues, and honest in difficulties of the heart.
Recently, Carla moved to Victoria, BC in search of a new start, new inspiration. Inspired by anonymity in the music scene, she was eager to gain new friends and fans by attending multiple jams and open mics. In pursuit of having her music heard, Carla performs regularly in a handful of venues, and continues to pursue new ones; has become an official ‘Causeway Busker’; and hosts her own weekly all-ages open mic. With a band gig ahead, she will be fronting a rock trio once again – debuting her ‘rock-side’ to the city of Victoria.
Later this year, she will finally release an EP she recorded with her rock trio in Calgary before she moved to Victoria last May. Honing her craft and presenting her original rock show playing lead guitar, ‘The Carla Olive Trio’ performed a regular gig at mainstream rock club Morgan’s On 17th, along with multiple venues in Calgary.
With over 20 years on the music scene, she has produced five albums, performed countless shows and venues, backed up some great artists, and continues to write and record. Some highlights of her career are performing Vans Warped Tour in Calgary; receiving a recording grant from Rawlco; performing on the VIA RAIL as an ‘Artist On Board’ to attend Canadian Music Week; and an interview with Baba on CKUA.
Avenue Calgary Magazine – Interview by Miles Durrie:
CARLA OLIVE SOLO:
Carla Olive solo shows present her musical abilities by means of a loop station – creating vocal harmonies and instrumental tracks on the spot, while soloing on guitar and piano. If performing in a lounge/restaurant scenario, she covers modern to classic tunes from Katy Perry to Neil Young, peppered with her own original material. A wide variety of audiences are engaged by her presence on stage.
CARLA OLIVE ROCK TRIO:
A three-piece band consisting electric guitar, bass and drums. Truly a rock experience, Carla leads the band with soaring guitar licks and rock anthems from her roster of original material, defining her way as a female lead guitar player and rock artist.
1999 Debut album ‘Bliss’ – toured western Canada to various venues.
2002 Released ‘Smokey Haze’ and toured solo in Western Canada and Pacific states.
2003 – 2005 Performed keyboard, rhythm guitar and backup vocals for the Kristen Daniel Band based out of Kamloops, BC. Toured to Whitehorse twice, Yellowknife, and Western Canada. Lived in Nashville, played broadway regularly and toured the United States extensively
2005 Released EP ‘One’ with husband at the time, Chris Rawlyck. Performed various coffee-houses/lounges as a singer/songwriter duo.
2008 Released EP as Tabitha – original hard rock band. Played Vans Warped Tour and Festivals in Kelowna and Toronto.
2008 Played lead guitar in all female rock cover band called The Rebel Ritas in Calgary.
2009 Back-up for Toni Vere in Hashmagandy. Performed on her self-released album called ‘Just To Be’. Toured from Calgary to Kingston and performed on a regular basis in Calgary and area.
2009 Host of New Singer/Songwriter Open Mic at Koi Café every Tuesday which is still going strong today.
2010 Jimmy Crack Corn performance art project. Played guitar/backup vocals on recordings and live performances.
2013 The LP Black Tie Affair is released on March 10th – Available on iTunes.
2014 New project BAD NEIGHBOR, a pop/rock band formed with singer/songwriter, bassist and guitar player Joelle Glass, bassist and keyboard player Stephen Shepard, and drummer Jeff Burns
2015 Performing solo shows and with her band, Bad Neighbor. Attending Canadian Music week in May via VIA RAIL as an ‘Artist On Board’.
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