Carla Morrison Biography
Carla Morrison was born in Tecate, Baja California, to two Mexican parents, Porfiria Flores and Hilario Morrison. His father, previously surnamed Viera, obtained his last name when he was adopted by William Guy Morrison, born in California to an English migrant named Laura Morrison.
Morrison lived in Tecate during her early years. Since childhood, she was taught in the art of drawing, dancing and singing, expressing a special inclination for the latter. Encouraged by her conviction to dedicate herself to music, she decided to move to Phoenix, Arizona, at the age of 17. In this city, she began her musical studies in the Mesa Community College, but she soon dropped out of school because her approach to music was more spiritual, emotional and self taught, than academic.
Inspired by her teacher David Barrios, Mexican lyric baritone, she started to play her first musical compositions by the name of Babaluca. This project was consolidated as a band with the addition of Nick Kizer and Nichole Petta and soon positioned itself as one of the most important projects of the local music scene.
During this stage of her artistic life, the singer collaborated with Mark Erickson –a multi- instrumentalist musician and member of Colorstone, a band from Phoenix, Arizona–, producer of Babaluca’s first album, which never came out. Morrison and Mark Erickson also worked together to perform the song “Tragos de Amargo Licor” by Ramón Ayala at a country music festival. This song was later included in her first EP, Aprendiendo a Aprender. Furthermore, Marck Erickson invited her to record vocals for the album Go Away Closer that he produced for Lonna Kelley. Following a short, but productive career with Babaluca, Morrison decided to abandon the project and return to Mexico to pursue her solo career.