Carla hails from NYC's East Harlem, the second child born to Puerto Rican Parents. Her varied musical style comes from musical influences that include classical, salsa, merengue, club/dance and rock music. Carla is a graduate of the Laguardia Highschool of the Arts as a vocal major. She went on to study acting and musical theatre at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, inspiring her to pursue dramatic roles in theater, film and television.
Carla is also a professional actor having appeared numerous times on "SNL", One Life to Live, and several feature films including "American Gangster". She's been featured in several television commercial spots including "Eyewitness News, Gotta Be", "Emeril" and an informercial for "As seen on TV's" - "Pop 'Em Open" throughout her entertainment career. She was recently featured in a web campaign for a PSA on Equality Pay for women.
She is currently developing a web based project for 2016, to air on YouTube and working on a one woman show slated for Off Broadway...
Exciting times are ahead as Carla's vision to increase her artistic presence globally continues to gain momentum! Follow Carla on Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn in addition to Facebook... Carla thanks each and every person who has supported her aspirations in the "biz" ...
Carla V is a high energy act part of the network of DJ'S and bands in New York and live music entertainment scene that is sought after, book her for your affair!
The Carla Virola Band is of course led by the energetic Diva - "Carla V". Performing her original music as well as many different music genres (Pop, Spanish/Italian and Dance), Carla's live performance is sure to impress. She also DJ's many of her private events and performances.
As an original recording artist, Carla's first commercial effort was with her sister, Lisamarie on their "Symmetry in Motion" release on MJM Records. The ladies received several Grammy nods and were written up in Billboard for that effort as the R&B singing duo - "Sorella". Carla composed the material on that album and subsequently took a brief break from music for a several year hiatus. She returned with her Debut Solo CD "Me", of which one of the featured dance singles, "Timbalero" was picked up for the Latin Billboards in Miami and was a featured track on a CD compilation dance music sampler of fast charting tracks. Carla is busy writing her One Woman play which will feature her original music. Join Carla's mailing list to stay in touch with Carla's exciting performance journey!
" Carla was a singer and DJ at our wedding in 2009. We loved her! She has a wonderful voice and was able to cover a wide range of songs on our list. We are a multicultural/ bilingual family and Carla accommodated that with a ease of a professional. Would absolutely recommend her. In fact, she even performed at our friends wedding as well. "
- Tereza R. - Marlboro, NJ ....6/30/2009
" We loved the performance, the voices, the presentation and everything about Carla Virola. She made the affair a hit and I would use her again and would recommend her with the highest regard. My guests were engaged and we only received the highest compliments."
– Debbie K. - Washington Twnshp, NJ ... 5/19/2013
Private Event Reviews
If you're having an event, be quick and don't hesitate to hire Carla V immediately! Carla is professional, personable, accommodating, engaging and very talented. I'm thrilled that I made the decision to hire her to perform at my home Xmas party. Not only am I pleased, but my guests loved her. Carla added that very special touch that made my event beautiful and rememberable. Do yourself a big favor and don't miss out on including this multi-talented entertainer at your party...you won't be sorry you chose Carla V.
-Jean C. Edgewater, NJ (Christmas Party) ...12/22/2012
"The Real Wedding Singers of NY and Carla V are amazing! They exceeded my expectations. They're very professional. Carla provided excellent communication and kept everyone dancing the entire floor the entire 4 hours. Their selection of music totally fit the audience and the sound was great. I can recommend them with no reservations, as well as use them again in the future. I can't wait to hear them perform again somewhere! "
- Neida W. - East Norwich, NY (Birthday Party) ...3/2/2013
" Carla exceeded all of my expectations in how she MC'ed and performed at our party. An unbelievable singer, she impressed all of my guests, and and brought the party mood to new heights."
- Bob D. Smithtown, NY (Anniversary Party) ... 6/22/2013
"We booked Carla for our 15th wedding anniversary party. Prior to the performance she reached out and asked us for our preferences so that she can tailor her performance to that. She communicated even on that very day of the event that she was on her way. Her performance was delightful, versatile and accommodating locating even an obscure Italian song on demand. She combined DJ and personal singing performance while playing the keyboard. Her repertoire was very broad including Italian classics, american pop, folk ballads and the occasional popular opera. We are already looking forward to the next occasion to work with Carla. She made a good party truly memorable.
-Stephen F. Briarcliff Manor, NY 5/22/2016