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Ringleader CARLA L. BENSON

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"THE MOST RECORDED
FEMALE BACKGROUND VOCALIST
IN THE HISTORY
OF THE RECORDING INDUSTRY"

CARLA L. BENSON
First Lady of Philadelphia Soul


Resulting in the 2007 Living Legend Award

 

from her hometown the City of Camden N.J.

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Carla singing with 2 members of the Patti LaBelle Band 1987 Alfonso Carey on Bass and Edward Batts on Guitar

Carla BensonCopyright 2003 all rights reserved worldwide
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Featured Performer and Section Leader CARLA L. BENSON and cousin Johnny Ingram singing with The Funk Brothers

 

Greetings,

I am Carla Benson and feel inspired by my contact with our inner-city "at-risk" youth to say that I'm happy to be a Ringleader at the Educational CyberPlayGround.  I want to help empower all students who create art.

PLEASE READ MY PERSONAL MESSAGE TO ALL MY STUDENTS AND CHILDREN EVERYWHERE.

 

Learn about the AWAKENINGS' After School Program
Information made available upon request.

Includes literacy, tutoring, nutrition, movement, money management, guest artists and seminars. Students host events for their families, the elderly, preschool children and other target groups in an effort to foster strengthened familial ties, familiarity and increased respect for the elderly, increased parenting skills and more. We will offer field trips and other incentives to participants.

LEARN HOW MUSIC MAKES YOU SMARTER - HOW THE BRAIN WORKS

Achievements Awards Education
Work Experience Discography Reference

ACHIEVEMENTS

 

 

AWARDS

3/27/04 Candace Award presented by National Coalition of 100 Black Women

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts in Music Rowan University Glassboro, NJ 1999

Certified Paralegal Technical Institute of Camden County NJ 1997

Camden High School College Preparatory Curriculum NJ

WORK EXPERIENCE

 

 

2012 - Present
Teaching Music in Camden N.J. public school system

You Show Me Carla L. Benson 2013

2007
Music Teacher CAMDEN CENTER FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT, CCYD, formerly Youth Training Center in Camden

 

THE MOST RECORDED FEMALE BACKGROUND VOCALIST IN THE HISTORY OF THE RECORDING INDUSTRY

2007 Living Legend Award from her hometown the City of Camden N.J. "
Adding to the extensive list of performers she has worked with,"Lead Background Vocalist for Phila Chapter Rhythm and Blues Awards Ceremony" Frankie Beverly and Maze, James Ingram, Bill Cosby, Bonnie Raitt, Chubby Checker, Paul Schaffer, Asford and Simpson, The Delphonics and Smokey Robinson

MFSB Sound of Philadelphia

Lead Vocalist Carla Benson Sigma Sound Sweetie sang and recorded on A Soulful Tale of Two Cities a project of Motown and Philly soul musicians and producers being remade in Philly and produced by Hurtt and Eli graduates of Dobbins High School.

2006 Lead Vocalist Carla Benson appearing on more hit records with more name artists than any other vocalist in the history of the record business performed with the House Band including Paul Schaffer and Gerald Levert, at the Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Awards event in Philadelphia; hosted by Smokey Robinson and Patti Labelle, honoring Frankie Beverly and Maze, Thom Bell, Bettye LaVette, Barbara Mason, Chubby Checker, The DelFonics, Berry Gordy (Lifetime Achievement Award) and Otis Redding (Legacy Award) winners.

 

Sigma Sound Sweeties

 

 

Carla Benson Sigma Sound Sweetie
Barbara Ingram, Evette Benton and Carla Benson.
Carla Benson
is an original member of MFSB. She sings the top note on most of the Philadelphia International Record's hits.
Tell Me Why - MFSB feat. Carla Benson

2005 Lead Vocalist Carla Benson an original member of MFSB™ has over fifty Gold and Platinum albums. She sings the top note on most of the Philadelphia International Record's hits.  MFSB™ (mother father sister brother) is the famous Philadelphia band that ruled Dance music worldwide in the 1970's and the members have recorded and performed with more top-level acts than any group in history.

 

Funk Brothers

 

 

The contributions of the legendary "Funk Brothers", was indeed profound.
It was one of the highlights of my career. This is an opportunity for children to integrate 21st century literacy skills, music and technology by completing a webquest about the Funk Brothers, whose story was told in "Standing in the Shadows of Motown".

Her beautiful lyric soprano can be heard on great classics as "Me and Mrs. Jones", "Ain't No Stopping Us Now', "New Attitude", "Shame"..

First Ladies of Philadelphia Soul
Best known for recording the hit theme to Soul Train, MFSB was the pre-eminent instrumental outfit of Philadelphia soul, backing numerous Kenny Gamble/Leon Huff productions while recording regularly on their own throughout the '70s. The group's name stood for Mother Father Sister Brother, and prior to their formation in 1971 as the house band at Gamble and Huff's Sigma Sound studios, some of the core personnel had been working together as early as 1968...

Beginning of Sigma Sound and the Sigma Sound Sweeties

 


You've Really
Got A Hold On Me

 

 

Carla Benson and Johnny Ingram 1:08

Cool Jerk

 

 

 

2007 Vocalist Carla Benson Sings Hatikvah Isreal's National Anthem
-- Music of War -- Resources, Patriotism, Propoganda and Protest

 

2005 Vocal Music Teacher at Leap Academy University Charter School Camden, NJ 08102. Camden County.

2005 Vocalist with Philadelphia Sound opening for King Solomon Burke September 17, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Vocalist has worked with LaBelle, Vandross Thursday, 3/11/04 By BOB TULINI Courier-Post Staff Courior Post Online

Expert Artist appearing in the National Children's Folksong Repository Video

 

1/02/04 NBC.com The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

1/2/04 Funk Brothers on Jay Leno Leno

2003 "Standing In The Shadows of Motown" Movie and World Tour Section Leader for the Background Vocalists featured on stage and screen with The Funk Brothers. The contributions of the legendary "Funk Brothers", was indeed profound. It was one of the highlights of my career.

2001 Vocal Music Teacher at Brimm Medical Arts High School in Camden, New Jersey

1997-2000 Choir Director, All City Creative Arts Program, Camden, NJ

2000 Vocal Music Teacher, Philadelphia Dept. of Education Summer

1999 Producer/Director, Finale Event, National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Regional Conference, Camden NJ

1999 Executive Legal Secretary, Camden County Superior Court, Hall of Justice, Camden NJ 1997-

1995 Director, Vacation Bible School, New Life Lutheran Church, Camden NJ

 

FUNK BROTHERS Concert Tour Reviews:

 

Movie Moves Motown Band out of the Shadows 11/13/02

Moore Theatre Review 12/8/03 Funk Brothers Show Really Sizzles From The Get-Go - "Carla Benson, a former backup singer for Philadelphia International, called for two Supremes from the audience to flesh out the choreography on "Stop in the Name of Love."

The Seattle Times Audience Pays Tribute to Knights of Fun 11/8/03 "Carla Benson was featured in many of the songs, and she could not only belt 'em but was also charming and fun."

DISCOGRAPHY


Ms. Benson has appeared on more hit records with more name artists than any other vocalist in the history of the record business. 

Ms. Benson is a trained classical vocalist.

In the early 70's during the Disco era Carla started out her career singing with her first cousin Barbara Ingram who passed away in 1994 and Evette L. Benton, now Director for Head Start in the South Jersey. At the time all three were known as "The Sweeties" and "The Sweethearts of Sigma Sound". Patti LaBelle referred to Carla L. Benson as "Sweetie Number One". http://www.sigmasound.com/

Background Recording Vocalist for - Patti Labelle, Elton John, Phyllis Hyman, Johnny Mathis, The Jacksons, Charo, Atlantic Starr, Dionne Warwick, Michael McDonald, The O'Jays, Luther Vandross, Teddy Pendergrass, Lou Rawls, and many many more.

She has Performed on and off Broadway in "Dreamgirls", "Ain't Misbehavin'", "The Amen Corner", "The Black Nativity - Kennedy Center, and . . .

 

 

The Philly Sound Orchestra Sample 16 Songs

See 1970 - 2006

Say Brother Pays Tribute to Webster Lewis with a Night on the Town

REFERENCE

A House on Fire: The Rise and Fall of Philadelphia Soul. By John A. Jackson, New York : Oxford University Press, 2004.
Index
Benson, Carla, 2, 137, 138, 159, 172, 183, 185, 189, 222, 224-26, 237, 238, 295n, 314n, 315n.
See also Sweethearts of Sigma Sound 2, 138, 147, 157-59, 183, 222, 224-26, 237, 308n, 313n, 314n.
See also Benson, Carla; Benton, Evette; Ingram, Barbara

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