Born Carla Biset-Bentchikou, from an Algerian-German mother and a French father, Carla Stark is a true citizen of the world, she lived first in France, then in Vietnam, Belgium and India. The French-Algerian singer, Belgian at heart, now spends her time between Bombay, London and Brussels, where she settled 14 years ago before right now moving to the UK. Proud of the many different sides of her personality, she describes herself as a chameleon.
Carla grew up listening to both Korn and Stevie Wonder. With the sound of her father’s saxophone in her ears, she was singing the lyrics to Claude Nougaro before she could even talk. As you understand it, music has been a part of her life since the beginning. For 16 years, she worked hard on the piano, before leaving it and focusing on high school, that she finished in Vietnam. She then moved to Belgium where she studied at the Solvay Business School and got a Master in Economics (by presenting a thesis on music therapy).
Just out of school, and after a few years of business experience, Carla felt like she didn’t belong to the corporate world and decided to follow her heart and be an artist. She took singing lessons, joined a theatre group, then integrated the Cours Florent, a theatre school in Brussels where she studied for a few months before joining the Indian musical “Beyond Bollywood”, a show in which she went from being in the production team to being on stage as an actor and a dancer, for the whole Europe tour of the show.
Carla Stark’s first album “Karma” was a quest. A quest of love and a search to find herself again after a painful breakup. Her latest EP “C.”, sometimes inspired by her deceptions, sometimes by the optimism of her better life, was a door to a new phase of her musical journey.
Carla Stark writes and sings her emotions both in English and in French. Her latest single “Gulaabi”, a duet with Indian artist Paresh Pahuja, is an ode to short love stories.