Carla Olive
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Carla Olive

Calgary, Alberta, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 1999 | SELF

Calgary, Alberta, Canada | SELF
Established on Jan, 1999
Band Rock Pop


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Carla Olive @ Bowness Pub

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Carla Olive @ Bowness Pub

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Carla Olive @ Bowness Pub

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Calgary, Alberta, Canada



"Monday Music Pick: Carla Olive"

Carla Olive’s ability to weave together meaningful lyrics and indelible melodies is matched only by her drive and work ethic.
“I’m a born songwriter and I’m not going to stop,” says the Calgary pop-rocker. “I’ve kind of determined that I’m always going to be working at it.”
Olive’s musical resume is a broad, sweeping tale that has taken her from the rigours of classical piano to the free flow of screaming hard-rock lead guitar, through acoustic singer-songwriter recordings and computerized-loop-supported solo shows to her current album, “Black Tie Affair.”
Released in March, the album — her fifth — is a showcase for Olive and a supporting cast of rock luminaries including producer Greg Godovitz, engineer Johnny Gasparic and musicians Russell Broom and Chris Rawlyck, among others.
Olive gives credit to Godovitz — who’s best known as leader of semi-legendary Canadian 1970s-’80s hard-rock trio Goddo — for helping to shape and focus the album’s 11 songs and its overall sound.
“We met a few years back, and he fell in love with my music as soon as he heard it,” Olive says of the transplanted Torontonian. “He was obviously my first choice to produce, because he’s been really encouraging, and it’s a great working relationship. He worked with my ideas; the final say was mine. You know, he was very cool about that.”
The album is a highly listenable package of pop- and jazz-influenced rock, with lyrics that are both heart-wrenching and clever. Sinuous lead guitar lines wind their way through layers of keyboards, bass, drums and Olive’s expressive voice. The songs are classic female-songwriter pop-rock fare, with echoes of Carole King, Chantal Kreviazuk, Rickie Lee Jones and Tori Amos.
Olive’s upcoming shows will feature songs from “Black Tie Affair” and some older material, played by the Carla Olive Trio, which includes drummer Colin Adhikary and bassist Stephen Shepard.
Raised on a farm outside Grande Prairie, Olive has made Calgary her home since she was 18. Her regular gig as host of a singer-songwriter open mic each Tuesday evening at Café Koi (100 - 1011 1st St. S.W.) gives her a front-row seat to the development of Calgary’s music scene.
“We’ve got some phenomenal talent. They come through the doors every Tuesday,” she says. “Calgary has changed in the last five years. We’ve come leaps and bounds in the arts, and I’m really proud to be called a Calgarian now. It’s amazing.” - Miles Durrie - Avenue Magazine Calgary AB


Bliss - 1999
Smokey Haze - 2001
One - 2004
Tabitha - 2007
Black Tie Affair - March 2013

Carla Olive Rock EP - December 2015



Singer/Songwriter Carla Olive has been on the music scene for almost 20 years, sharing her songs and musical abilities all over North America. As a multi-instrumentalist, Carla can take on the world of rock and roll with her electric guitar, to pop music with her piano. 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.  With five albums under her name, she continues to write and live her passion through performances and recording.

Recent pop/rock release “Black Tie Affair’ was celebrated in early March 2013, received funding from Rawlco Radio and Produced by Greg Godovitz. Since then, she continued to promote the album with the Carla Olive Trio performing in original music venues in Calgary, and embarked on an all-Albertan solo tour Summer 2013 and BC tour Summer 2014. To reach a different/larger demographic, she formed the band ‘Bad Neighbor’ – playing all venues Calgary presenting her original music.  On her way to Canadian Music Week May 2015, Carla performed solo on the VIA RAIL as a Musician On Board from Vancouver to Toronto and back again, presenting her original music.

Currently, Carla performs with her rock trio at a regular gig at mainstream rock club Morgan’s On 17th - honing her craft and presenting her original rock show playing lead guitar.  Early October 2015, she took Steven Shepard on bass guitar and Kent Macrae on drums to record a 3 song rock EP at Studio D in Calgary, set to release early 2016.  A working musician, Carla also performs regularly as a solo artist, using a loop station creating bed tracks on piano and guitar with vocal harmonies on the spot.

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