On Scenic Drive

WhatsOn Nov 25, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

By Gord Bowes, News staff

It’s probably the only song written about Hamilton’s Scenic Drive.

But for a musician who grew up on the west Mountain and spent many hours sitting in a special spot on the brow, it was natural.

“That’s the spot I go to when I want to get away from everything,” says Carla Cerqueira. “There’s just something about looking out over the city that lets you think about everything.”

“Scenic Drive” is one of five songs on her debut release, “Exposed.”

Since the video — which features scenes of the west Mountain and Cerqueira driving her dad’s Mercedes convertible along the winding road the song is named after — was released in late October it has been viewed nearly 10,000 times on YouTube.

The song is deep in meaning for Cerqueira, 22, who is known professionally as CARLAA. (She got her stage name — all caps with the extra ‘A’ — from a spelling error she made when registering on Facebook.)

It tells the story of herself and a guy she was interested in and the problems she sees with modern relationships.

“I find these days it’s harder to meet people who if they are interested in you, they stay interested in you,” she says.

“It’s more like a game that people want to play — they like you but they kind of want to play a game with you.”

“Everything was going well with this one person and then he stopped wanting to hang out or communicate. Scenic Drive was our spot where we would hang out.”

Cerqueira, who attended St. Jerome elementary school and graduated from St. Thomas More, has been writing music, singing and playing guitar since about age 8.

As she got older she played at local festivals and fundraisers.

But she lost interest in music after high school following the death of her grandfather, who was a big influence in her life.

“He played every single instrument imaginable,” says Cerqueira. “I grew up with him playing and that’s what influenced me to play guitar in the first place.”

“When he passed away, I didn’t feel the need to pick up a guitar anymore.”

She earned a journalism diploma from Sheridan College and focused on entertainment writing, but friends encouraged her to return to her musical roots, which led to recording “Exposed.”

Cerqueira says the EP has helped her get the attention of some managers and booking agents and now is preparing to work on a new album.

Sales aren’t the most important thing at this time in her career, she says. It’s more about getting exposure now and one day turning it into a full-time career as a performer.

“I’m working up to what I eventually want to see — album sales and everyone to know who I am as an artist,” says Cerqueira.

CARLAA’s music is available on iTunes and SoundCloud.

On Scenic Drive

WhatsOn Nov 25, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

By Gord Bowes, News staff

It’s probably the only song written about Hamilton’s Scenic Drive.

But for a musician who grew up on the west Mountain and spent many hours sitting in a special spot on the brow, it was natural.

“That’s the spot I go to when I want to get away from everything,” says Carla Cerqueira. “There’s just something about looking out over the city that lets you think about everything.”

“Scenic Drive” is one of five songs on her debut release, “Exposed.”

Since the video — which features scenes of the west Mountain and Cerqueira driving her dad’s Mercedes convertible along the winding road the song is named after — was released in late October it has been viewed nearly 10,000 times on YouTube.

The song is deep in meaning for Cerqueira, 22, who is known professionally as CARLAA. (She got her stage name — all caps with the extra ‘A’ — from a spelling error she made when registering on Facebook.)

It tells the story of herself and a guy she was interested in and the problems she sees with modern relationships.

“I find these days it’s harder to meet people who if they are interested in you, they stay interested in you,” she says.

“It’s more like a game that people want to play — they like you but they kind of want to play a game with you.”

“Everything was going well with this one person and then he stopped wanting to hang out or communicate. Scenic Drive was our spot where we would hang out.”

Cerqueira, who attended St. Jerome elementary school and graduated from St. Thomas More, has been writing music, singing and playing guitar since about age 8.

As she got older she played at local festivals and fundraisers.

But she lost interest in music after high school following the death of her grandfather, who was a big influence in her life.

“He played every single instrument imaginable,” says Cerqueira. “I grew up with him playing and that’s what influenced me to play guitar in the first place.”

“When he passed away, I didn’t feel the need to pick up a guitar anymore.”

She earned a journalism diploma from Sheridan College and focused on entertainment writing, but friends encouraged her to return to her musical roots, which led to recording “Exposed.”

Cerqueira says the EP has helped her get the attention of some managers and booking agents and now is preparing to work on a new album.

Sales aren’t the most important thing at this time in her career, she says. It’s more about getting exposure now and one day turning it into a full-time career as a performer.

“I’m working up to what I eventually want to see — album sales and everyone to know who I am as an artist,” says Cerqueira.

CARLAA’s music is available on iTunes and SoundCloud.

On Scenic Drive

WhatsOn Nov 25, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

By Gord Bowes, News staff

It’s probably the only song written about Hamilton’s Scenic Drive.

But for a musician who grew up on the west Mountain and spent many hours sitting in a special spot on the brow, it was natural.

“That’s the spot I go to when I want to get away from everything,” says Carla Cerqueira. “There’s just something about looking out over the city that lets you think about everything.”

“Scenic Drive” is one of five songs on her debut release, “Exposed.”

Since the video — which features scenes of the west Mountain and Cerqueira driving her dad’s Mercedes convertible along the winding road the song is named after — was released in late October it has been viewed nearly 10,000 times on YouTube.

The song is deep in meaning for Cerqueira, 22, who is known professionally as CARLAA. (She got her stage name — all caps with the extra ‘A’ — from a spelling error she made when registering on Facebook.)

It tells the story of herself and a guy she was interested in and the problems she sees with modern relationships.

“I find these days it’s harder to meet people who if they are interested in you, they stay interested in you,” she says.

“It’s more like a game that people want to play — they like you but they kind of want to play a game with you.”

“Everything was going well with this one person and then he stopped wanting to hang out or communicate. Scenic Drive was our spot where we would hang out.”

Cerqueira, who attended St. Jerome elementary school and graduated from St. Thomas More, has been writing music, singing and playing guitar since about age 8.

As she got older she played at local festivals and fundraisers.

But she lost interest in music after high school following the death of her grandfather, who was a big influence in her life.

“He played every single instrument imaginable,” says Cerqueira. “I grew up with him playing and that’s what influenced me to play guitar in the first place.”

“When he passed away, I didn’t feel the need to pick up a guitar anymore.”

She earned a journalism diploma from Sheridan College and focused on entertainment writing, but friends encouraged her to return to her musical roots, which led to recording “Exposed.”

Cerqueira says the EP has helped her get the attention of some managers and booking agents and now is preparing to work on a new album.

Sales aren’t the most important thing at this time in her career, she says. It’s more about getting exposure now and one day turning it into a full-time career as a performer.

“I’m working up to what I eventually want to see — album sales and everyone to know who I am as an artist,” says Cerqueira.

CARLAA’s music is available on iTunes and SoundCloud.