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Carla Rigolin Hassett, Vocalist

Performed or Recorded With:

Billy Idol
Sergio Mendez
Christopher Cross
Gary Sinise (uso)
REO Speedwagon
Christian Castro
Gino Vannelli
Jon Anderson (Yes)
Marcelo Augusto

Featured Artist:

Carla Rigolin Hassett, Vocalist

On her third day in Los Angeles, Carla Rigolin crashed Madonna’s invite-only audition. Thinking that LA must be like this all the time, she never went back to Chicago. Within three months she was touring as a backup singer with British one-hit-wonder Curiosity Killed the Cat and then with REO Speedwagon and Sergio Mendez. The short-lived Sergio Mendez gig brought it all home for Carla, a native of São Paulo, Brazil, and she spent the next two years singing Brazilian music around Los Angeles. Carla also contributed her voice to films, television, commercials, and an occasional album like Gino Vannelli’s Inconsolable Man and Jon Anderson’s Deseo. Then Billy Idol whisked her away for the year long, Grammy nominated, full-blown chaos that was the Charmed Life Tour.

After Charmed Life, Carla joined Christopher Cross’s band and continued to sing on commercials and film. She appeared in an episode of 7th Heaven as Joy Enriquez’s backup singer and in a Mariah Carey music video. Equally at home in the Latin world, Carla sang backups for Mexico’s Christian Castro and recorded with Javier Iglesias and Brazil’s Marcelo Augusto. She also joined a team of top session singers who recorded regularly for Disney in Spanish.

When Carla turned the focus on her own music, she released two consecutive, critically acclaimed CDs that blend Brazilian and American pop. Her 2007 full length CD “Quero Saber” garnered critical acclaim from respected magazines like URB and Global Rhythm as well as a full page write-up in the prevalent Latin newspaper, La Opinión.

While recording her first CD, Carla traveled with Gary Sinise’s band and sang on Robert Towne’s film Ask The Dusk with Salma Hayak and Collin Ferrell. She also took a teaching gig at Flea’s (Red Hot Chili Peppers) Silverlake Conservatory of Music. While recording Quero Saber, Carla reunited with longtime friend Mike Patton and collaborated on a hauntingly beautiful recording and live video of John Lennon’s “Julia.”

Carla currently fronts the band Electrotropic-Brasil whose debut performance included the legendary team of Airto Moreira and Flora Purim. By chance, several reviews of Quero Saber compared Carla to vintage Flora. Look for more of Carla’s collaborations with the legend and new solo recordings in the new year.

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