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"Music is my life. She is my everything, like the air I breathe, and the beating of my heart. Music is keeping me alive. And through everything, she's down for me. May we never be apart." Born to a musician and a philosopher, all her life Carla Kelly has challenged herself to learn as much from the world around her as possible. The challenges and breakthroughs she has faced along the way would all find themselves expressed in song.

After seven years working with sharply rising acts including HEAVy, Zigi 108 Desires and Marcia Davis and Outro, Carla is stepping to the foreground to make her contribution to the Soul Renaissance with her own music, a dual project: "BuddhaSoulBaby & B. WonderfulSound - Live in Culture" and "B. WonderfulSound: All of the Above" due Summer and Fall 2007. Describing her own music results in terms such as "Global Soul", "Bodhisattva Soul Music", and "Soul Fusion", with her passion, Soul is as the constant. Her musical inspirations include Earth, Wind and Fire, Chicago, Chaka Khan, Amel Larrieux, Angie Stone, Yes, Maxwell, Faith Evans and Michael McDonald, and Stevie Wonder.

An all-around performer, the 20-something Bronx-born, globally-reared vocalist, and writer first experienced the arts while taking ballet and modern dance classes with her older cousins. Over the years, she studied various disciplines, playing flute in Middle School performing with the Bronx Borough-wide Senior Band at the world famous Carnegie Hall. This experience was her opportunity to transition into singing, her first albeit unexpressed love.

Carla is a graduate of La Guardia High School of Music and Art. She earned the "Award for Excellence in Vocal Music Performance" at graduation, after extensive Classical and Jazz training under Anna Ext, Michael Lirtzman and other distinguished faculty. There, she received the tools to take her innermost thoughts and feelings from mere ideas to music. In a class full of fabulous Soprano voices, her stand out Contralto/Mezzo voice became the pet project of her teachers who exposed her to a wide range of musical genres. Carla has graced the stage as a member of All-City High School Chorus, and NARAS Sponsored – Regional Jazz Vocal Ensemble, performing throughout at world renowned venues including: St. Patrick's Cathedral; Alice Tully, Avery Fisher and Carnegie Halls, even touring as a soloist in Barcelona, Spain. There, she cemented her determination to travel the world, giving others the one thing that translates beyond all language or cultural barriers: music.


Who is she? “I'm an urban chick who loves to climb rocks, I'm the naughty librarian, I'm that girl you work with or used to go to school with, I'm a revolutionary for peace...I'm all of the above.” Carla is a life long member of SGI-USA, a worldwide organization of Nichiren Buddhists dedicated to working towards world peace and humanism through culture, action and education. She credits the diversity of her SGI family with giving her a little taste of the world everyday. All of these life lessons find expression in her writing, voice and creative movement. Carla’s mentor in life, SGI President and Nobel Laureate Daisaku Ikeda, is a constant source of encouragement in faith and a prime example of one individual’s potential to contribute to the world.