Rock n' roll flapper, garage serenader, front porch chanteuse, country crooner, lover of language.
Carla cut her teeth in the Boston Music scene, as lead singer of the beloved Mudhens in the late 90's. With that band she opened for the likes of Neil Young, Beck, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Jonatha Brooke, Primus, 10,000 Maniacs, Cake, Ben Folds 5, Guster, The Push Stars, Janis Ian, Bill Staines, and Jon Pussett Dart. Nominated for a Boston Music Award, the band went on to record 3 albums with LA producer extraordinaire Anthony Resta, selling over 12,000 copies and receiving airplay on national, local and AAA radio.
Fast forward to the Carla Ryder Band, she teamed up with producer Adam Steinberg and recorded Til The End of Counting which garnered several placements in TV and Film as well as the prestigious International Songwriting Competition, Billboard Song Contest and Great American Song Contest. Legendary singer/songwriter, Bill Staines wrote of it, "Carla is one of the best young songwriters around. I was totally taken with her CD".
After a short break welcoming the birth of her daughter and twin boys, Carla joined forces with Amy Fairchild and Andy Santospago to form Miriam, a honky-tonk swaggering, country-infused rock n’ roll group featuring dueling female voices backed up by their longtime boot-stompin' band. After releasing their critically acclaimed album, "Scenic Two Lane" they quickly garnered a loyal following, a coveted residency, and were named Boston's Best Americana Band in 2016.
Carla recently hit her stride when she recorded and released Unguarded Heart with Boston favorites The Blue Ribbons in 2018. Claiming two elusive finalist spots in the International Songwriting Competition, as well as the Unsigned Only Competition, this album reveals a depth of spirit and a window into the struggle and redemption of the human condition. Boston Globe critic Steve Morse, calls Carla "An aspiring rock singer who seems to get better with each appearance. Almost too versatile to categorize, but she has fun trying."