Across the Universe

A young South Bay musician greets an unpredictable, evolving industry with passion and persistence.

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    Carly Liza

It all starts with a massive thirst for new ideas. Then comes the unrelenting willingness to create and accomplish these ideas. When a work is finished, the sense of accomplishment drives the passion forward, and the cycle is repeated.

For me, this is what makes making music fun. As a singer, songwriter and painter, creativity is always on my mind. I might get ideas from the way I am feeling a certain day, or a conversation I have might drive me to write a story from someone else’s perspective.

These days, I’m focusing on playing in a soul/pop band called Carly and The Universe. It has taken more than two years from initial writing to the release of the album—but well worth it for the feeling of receiving the first few copies of The Whole Shabang in the mail. Not to mention the exhilaration of hearing my song ideas turned into an awesome finished product.

Over those two years, we recorded demos upon demos and rehearsed every week with the band. We recorded the album at various Los Angeles studios over a six-month period until we were sick of the songs and ready to perform.

Then I put together an album release show at a cool venue in Los Angeles with two other bands, food trucks and a gallery installation with my artwork. I’ve learned to roll with the punches when Murphy’s Law squeezes its little nose into my business, as it so often does.  

I enjoy creating music and singing so much that I don’t find the hardships of the industry discouraging. All the time, money and effort I put into my craft is worth it.

The industry has been changing with the advent of the internet and the rise of streaming services. This revolution should be embraced with omnipresence, by using social media and local concert shows as ways to network and make new music.  

The best way for any artist to stay creative is to expand their artistic mediums, although this doesn’t mean everything an artist tries will fit. Being an artist is creating. Exploring other creative outlets outside of music helps feed my inspiration, which eventually finds its way back around to help me write music.

Above all, it takes passion and drive in any dreams you have to turn them into a reality. I always have a desire to better myself as a person and as an artist.

I am so honored and proud to have my voice. My goal is to be able to travel with my music and share my passion with the world. Hopefully the rest of the world has something to share with me too.


Carly provides lead vocals for the band Carly and the Universe based in Redondo Beach. They’ll perform at Saint Rocke on March 5 at 10 p.m. Visit