Carla is best known as the lead singer of Mr. A.L.I. as well as one of the singers of the veteran Chicago band Poi Dog Pondering. She has recorded with the likes of Maurice Joshua, Byron Stingily, and performed with acts as varied in range from Hootie and the Blowfish, Blue Man Group, Cheap Trick, Common, Martha Wash, Loletta Holloway and Chico Debarge.
A woman of many talents, she not only sings and writes her own music, but is also proficient at the piano, drums and clarinet. Early on in her career in 1996, Carla penned several tunes under the production and guidance of club legend Maurice Joshua. In 1998 she started her own publishing company (CarlaPratherMusic Publishing c/o ASCAP), and began writing songs for not only herself but other artists such as Latin recording artist Zanya and dance diva Dajae.
It wasn't long before she was invited by Frank Orrall of Poi Dog Pondering to become a full time member of the band. She began touring with them across the country to sold-out venues. Shortly after that Carla joined neo-soul band Mr. A.L.I., and she and Dajae sang to a huge following, first at Green Dolphin and later at The District.
To date, she has released several singles backed by powerhouse producers such as "Rainy Day" (Jere McAllister of Mr. A.L.I.), "One Day" (Byron Stingily), "The First Time" (Kenny Carvajal), "Somebody" (Nick Santillan), "Come Into My Life" (Anthony Nicholson) and "No More Love" (Quentin Harris).
One day at Claremont Elementary School where she is currently teaching, Carla Prather sat down with us and told us a little about herself.