How It All Began ... We Didn't Plan On Having a Music Career
Carly and Martina's music career started with one song -- Make Me Happy. In 2014, Carly and Martina wrote Make Me Happy one day after being bullied at school. Later that summer, Carly and Martina enrolled in a songwriting camp at The Evanston School of Rock and all of the students liked Carly and Martina's song so they decided to record it at Delmark Records. The sound engineer at Delmark Records liked the song so much that a few weeks later he offered Carly and Martina a one song record and video deal.
Soon after releasing Make Me Happy, Carly and Martina were interviewed on WGN 720 Radio with Brian Noonan, a nationwide radio show. During that broadcast, a DJ of a college radio station and assistant teacher in Waukesha, WI heard the song and contacted Carly and Martina on social media asking if he could share the song with his sixth-grade students during their anti-bullying week. Carly and Martina agreed and quickly became friends with many of his sixth-grade students. A few months later Carly and Martina were invited to North Shore Middle School in Hartland, WI to lead day-long break-out anti-bullying sessions for the entire sixth-grade. CBS58 TV in Milwaukee and the local press covered the event: CBS 58 interview Carly and Martina Carly and Martina created a Youtube video documenting the day: Carly and Martina Stand Up Against Bullying
Carly and Martina also appeared on FOX32 with Corey McPherrin to discuss their song Make Me Happy and their blossoming music career and were spotlighted by CommunityMatters.org, a nationwide anti-bullying prevention program.
The next year in February, Carly and Martina were invited to perform at Feinstein's 54 Below in both New York and San Francisco as part of the Broadway Against Bullying event benefiting NoBully.org. Carly and Martina At 54 Below for No Bully
Since the release of Make Me Happy and their television and radio performances, Carly and Martina have performed at many venues throughout the country, such as:
-Birdland Jazz Club: Jim Caruso's Cast Party (NYC)
-Feinstein's 54 Below (NYC)
-The Bitter End (NYC)
-Caffe Vivaldi (NYC)
-Sidewalk Cafe (NYC)
-The Rose Bar at the Gramercy Hotel (NYC)
-The Django at The Roxy Hotel (NYC)
-The Sugar Bar (NYC)
-The John and Nancy Hughes Theater, Gorton Center (Lake Forest, IL)
-The Four Seasons Hotel, The Music Institute of Chicago's Annual Gala (Chicago, IL)
-Nichols Hall for The Music Institute of Chicago (Evanston, IL)
-Uncommon Ground (Chicago, IL)
-The Wine Cellar (Highland Park, IL)
-Mayne Stage (Chicago, IL)
-Apple Fest, Licoln Square Festival (Chicago, IL)
-Kafeine (Evanston, IL)
-First Night Evanston, (Evanston, IL)
TELEVISION & RADIO INTERVIEWS
-WGN TV, The Morning News
-WGN Radio, The Brian Noonan Radio Show (Chicago, IL)
-Fox 32, Good Day Chicago with Corey McPherrin (Chicago, IL)
-CBS 58 TV, Milwaukee, WI
-The Bluebird (Nashville, TN)
-Douglas Corner Cafe (Nashville, TN)
-Blue Moon Waterfront Grille (Nashville, TN)
-The Commodore Grill (Nashville, TN)
-Kimbro's (Nashville, TN)
-Feinstein's 54 Below (San Francisco, CA)
-The Bombay Grill (Ventura, CA)
-The Walnut Room (Denver, CO)
-The Workhouse Arts Center (DC Area)
-Roots Cafe (Waukesha, WI)
-The Steaming Cup (Waukesha, WI)
-Friday Night Live (Waukesha, WI)
-Walk For Cancer Benefit (Waukesha, WI)
-North Shore Middle School, (Hartland, WI)
-Arte (Milwaukee, WI)
-Roots Cafe (Oconomowoc, WI)
-Mama D's (Wales, WI)
-Acorn Theater (Three Oaks, MI)
-The Big E (West Springfield MA)
Carly and Martina have also released 11 original songs, 6 of which can be found on their debut EP "Carly and Martina."
Carly and Martina's song "Will You Be Mine" was picked as a semi-finalist out of 18,000 entries for the 2015 International Songwriters Competition.
Carly and Martina's song "All That I Am" from their debut EP was picked as a finalist out of 16,000 entries for the 2016 International Songwriters Competition.
Carly and Martina's song "Better" was picked as a finalist in the 2017 Unsigned Only Music Competition.
Carly and Martina recently were once again guests on The Brian Noonan Show on WGN 720 AM Radio to talk about everything that's happened since their first interview on The Brian Noonan Show. Here's a link to their most recent interview: Carly and Martina On WGN Radio
Carly and Martina were selected to speak at the TEDxIIT 2017 Event. Carly and Martina's TEDxIIT Talk was about how their song "Make Me Happy," which has an inspiring anti-bullying message, energized a movement and launched a music career.
Carly and Martina were invited to perform one of their original songs, Just You, at The Music Institute of Chicago's Anniversary Gala on May 15th at The Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago, IL. This event raises over $1 million to benefit The Music Institute's commitment to high-level music education, scholarship and financial aid. Carly and Martina co-wrote "Just You" with Brett Boles last year in New York City.
Carly and Martina recently appeared on WGN TV promoting their new single "Better" and their concert in Lake Forest, IL.
Here's a clip from their Lake Forest concert where they performed before screaming fans: screaming fans!
Earlier this summer, Girl Scouts recently covered Carly and Martina in an article: Local Girl Scouts Launch Successful Music Career!
Carly and Martina recently won the Acorn Theater's Singer-Songwriter Competition selected by the audience our of over 100 artists. Here's an article about the competition from the New Buffalo Times:
Carly and Martina have already been invited back to the Acorn Theater to perform on August 31st and September 2nd!
Carly and Martina performed at The Big E on September 30th with Nick Fradiani, winner of Americal Idol.
Carly and Martina headlined at Allstate Arena on January 6, 2018.
Carly and Martina are constantly trying to inspire people through their music as they continue to build their international fanbase . They love meeting people through social media and connecting with people to build a strong fanbase that they absolutely love.