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CARLA WERNER

Born in a small country town in New Zealand, Carla began her love of singing on stage, competing in local and national talent quests from the age of 11. Discovering a love of song writing at age 13 and moving to Australia at age 15, Carla played her first original gig in 1996 at the Good Bar in Sydney, and for the next two years, had a number of residencies and supports in and around the city, finally releasing an independent EP in 1998 at the Hopetoun Hotel, Surry Hills. With crowd numbers growing and having been invited by Richard Kingsmill of Triple J Radio to perform live on the Oz Music Show program, interest crept in from labels, but none had the commitment to sign. This did not deter Carla from working towards a full length album, and after sending demo's to favoured producers, John Holbrook (Natalie Merchant/Brian Setzer) responded and invited Carla to begin pre-production on what would be the beginnings of her debut album 'Departure', which initially begun as an independent venture with her then manager Claude Morello.

During the Holbrook sessions in 2000, a small Sydney-based independent label, Engine Room (The Vines), signed Carla to their roster and introduced her to LA based engineer/producer Carmen Rizzo (Grant Phillips, Prince) who worked extensively with Carla to get the album to it's half way mark. Around the same time Carla signed a publishing deal to Chrysalis Music for North America & Canada, and explored the co-writing realm with Glen Ballard (Alanis Morisette's "Jagged Little Pill") and UK DJ, Paul Oakenfold, resulting in the number one dance hit 'Southern Sun', firmly fixing Carla to the international music scene.

An A&R meet and greet with the world's leading international record labels, resulted in signing a record deal for the world with Columbia Records, Sony Music in 2002, enabling Carla to finish her album with Lucius Borich (Cog) & Ken Nelson of Coldplay fame. Taking 2 years, 3 countries and 4 producers, 'Departure' was finally released in the US in 2003 and in Australia & New Zealand in 2004 to critical acclaim, being voted in the top ten Best Albums of 2004 by Drum Media. The albums single, 'Wanderlust' went on to feature in Michael Stipe's (R.E.M) directorial debut in the film, 'Saved' as well as appearing on the hit US television series, 'Everwood'. Touring extensively throughout North America with bands such as the Jayhawks & Howie Day, as well as supporting a plethora of acts in Australia & New Zealand including the Pretenders and Damien Rice, along with receiving an invitation by Mary Guibert to be a guest performer at the Jeff Buckley tributes held in London and Ireland, reveals the powerful quality in Carla's live performances, respected by both her audiences and her peers.

The past two years have laid way for some major changes to Carla's musical direction, and have set her on course to realizing one of her most cherished goals. After parting ways with Sony-BMG in 2004, Carla continued along her musical path independently, leading to an album both rich in meaning and musical diversity.

'Pure Things in Wild Places' is out through OFONE Music & MGM distribution in Australia, October 7, 2006.

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