In these days where radio play is reserved for singers who can cause the most controversy via wild haircuts or wardrobe malfunctions or amid destructive public relationships, it can be daunting for a female singer to take the road less travelled and be judged by her voice rather than her looks and extreme behaviors. Enter Carla Morrison of the border town Tecaté. She walks this road with her sophomore release, Déjenme Llorar (Let Me Cry).
Morrison keeps a Natalie Merchant-like, understated appearance sealed with a kiss of red lipstick and dons brushed, medium-length black hair. Her real crowning glory is her soothing, angelic, bluesy voice that reverberates in your ears and heart. Morrison's songs feel like journaled experiences of a lamenting, broken-hearted, young poetess. Morrison says she's inspired by lots of Patsy Cline and honesty.
"I would love to see honesty become popular. And that’s what I love about my fans," said Morrison. "I think in Mexico nobody is judging me or wanting me to be this pop star I'm not. Or be as good-looking as the industry wants me to be. It’s just me, and I think that’s what they are relating to -- they can say 'she looks like my neighbor,' just a normal chick.”
The music world first took notice of the Tecaté-borne singer with her 2010 EP, Mientras Tú Dormías (While You Were Sleeping), produced by fellow paisana Natalia LaFourcade. In 2011, the album got her a Latin Grammy nod in the Best Alternative Album category. She has also performed at SXSW and was this year's LAMC (Latin Alternative Music Conference) “Artist Discovery" winner.
Her latest release from her sophomore album is "Hasta La Piél (To The Skin)," which has already gotten over 2 million views on YouTube!
Watch "Hasta La Piél" here:
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