whodat: Carla Morrison

Singer/songwriter Carla Morrison, 24, whose sinewy blend of country, ranchera, folk, and rock talks about her early beginnings, and her recent comparisons to Julieta Venegas, Natalia LaFourcade and Ximena Sariñana. Tell us about how you got the last name Morrison. My dad is from Durango, Mexico, and when he was 13-years-old he ran away from home to go get a job in San Diego and this guy called William Morrison adopted him and took the responsibility to bring him up in SD and be his dad over there, so thats why I'm Morrison. If not, I would have been Viera. :) Your style is a blend of different sounds — country, ranchera, folk, rock, ballad -- how did you come to define it? Sometimes I just say it's alternative and melodramatic. I dont know what it is, my soul just expresses itself... Who are your biggest musical influences? I have too many, from Thom Yorke, to Lola Beltran, to Patsy Cline and The Beatles. What or who inspires your song writing? A lot of stuff but mainly love. I'm a hopeless romantic. Can you tell us about what it’s like to both date, and collaborate with, a fellow musician? I am single right now but when I have been in relationships where I have a boyfriend who is a musician too, it's cool because you understand your partner on every level. It's emotional and nice but it's also hard since you both want the same thing and sometimes the other person doesn't understand it. Why did you decide to leave your hometown of Tecate, Baja, CA to study music in Arizona? What did you learn about yourself as a musician — and a Mexican — in those years traveling back and forth? I left to move to Arizona because I had family there. I did learn that loneliness makes you sad but at the same time, it makes you really work hard on your dreams and everthing. I also realized that there is no Mexico anywhere else. I love Mexico and what my country gives me, no other country can give me, which is love, hope and good food! Ha! What do you think about comparisons to Julieta Venegas, Natalia LaFourcade and Ximena Sariñana? I'm honored! But I know who I am and I know we are all unique in our own style. I love all of them!