Carla Bianco's life has been a masterclass of art and faith, a co-mingling of creation, discovery, and redemption. And while her upcoming EP is the first exclusively faith-oriented project the renowned performer has released, her entire body of work is indistinguishable from a life lived in the audience, care, and guidance of her Savior, her Guardian, her Best Friend.
She is most well known for her riveting turn in the starring role of Maureen in the Broadway show Rent, but the chart-topping, award-winner's long career is a patchwork of charming beginnings and audacious leaps of faith. Carla also wrote a #1 Billboard dance song and won an ASCAP award for this song.
As Carla's professional focus shifted, so too did her personal life take on a new direction when she met and married Jack Becker, a writer and television producer for AT&T Sportsnet, who produces the Inside Pirates Baseball show. Deeply desiring to start a family and continue making music, Carla prayed for direction and blessing.
“I felt God calling me to finally record an album,” says Carla. “After all my travels and achievements, it was the one thing I had never done and truly yearned to do.”
Story Behind the Song: Guardian
During the lock down, I would take lots of walks with my dog and started doing a lot of writing when I was out walking, just singing out into the open air. The melody to Guardian came to me on a walk one day but the lyric was not set yet. I wasn’t sure what the song wanted to say. The next morning, I read Psalm 121 and it brought me so much solace during a time filled with so much uncertainty. I could hear the melody from the day before start to fit so perfectly in lyrics inspired from scripture saying, “ I raise my eyes toward the mountain. From whence shall come my help? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. The Lord is your guardian.” And I knew it was a special song, a gift from God in a time of deep need.
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