Carla Van Hoose grew up amongst a family of Scottish storytellers in St. Joseph Missouri. Her family was thoroughly musical and her grandmother was said to have “the loveliest voice in all Buchanan County, MO.” Carla’s Aunt Mac – Miss Francis Marie McPherson Stewart, composed, performed and taught music at Eastern Kentucky University for 27 years.
Carla began singing as a very young child and participated in church choirs, high school choirs and special events. She came to Kentucky in 1966 to attend Eastern Kentucky University where her Aunt Mac was a professor of music. Carla studied English, receiving her BA from Eastern, and then earned a MSW degree which she utilizes in her current occupation as a private practice social worker.
Carla has sung under such directors as Marlon Hurst, of the Robert Shaw Chorale, Dr. Everett McCorvey, founder and director of the internationally touring “American Chorale,” and Dr. Gary Anderson of Transylvania University. She was one of the original members of SisterSound a Lexington based choir.
Carla plays a blend of many types of American music – dipping into the repertoire of Folk music, Blues, Bluegrass and occasionally a bit of Rock and Roll. She is drawn to music that conveys feeling, with the lyrics and music weaving together a story or tale.
Cara’s music can be found at Joseph Beth Booksellers, Lexington; Barnes and Nobel, Lexington; and at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, KY.