by JD Martin
An artist has been making waves in the vast realm of New Jersey independent music with her unique blend of jazz-inspired acoustic rock. Her name is Carlotta Schmidt, and she’s more than just a singer, songwriter, and guitar player – she’s a musical force to be reckoned with. Today, we’ll delve into the life and music of Carlotta Schmidt, exploring her influences, achievements, and the undeniable charisma that defines her performances.
The Artist Behind the Music
From Monmouth County, NJ, Carlotta has a lifelong connection to music, profoundly shaping her as an artist. Her parents instilled a love for music in her from a young age, exposing her to various genres. Her journey as a musician began at the tender age of seven when she decided to learn the guitar, driven by her desire to accompany herself while singing. Little did she know that her passion for the guitar would fuel her artistic pursuits for years. This talented musician stresses the significance of treating everyone with kindness and respect despite differences in gender, race, age, sexuality, religion, or ability. She’s also a proud feminist who supports equal rights for all.
Musical Influences and Inspirations
Carlotta’s music combines various influences to create a unique sound. However, jazz has been one of the most significant genres that have impacted her music style. She makes innovative and melodically rich songs inspired by jazz music. Her style is influenced by female singer-songwriters, notably the Indigo Girls.
As a performer, Carlotta Schmidt’s goal is simple – to make her audience happy. Her sets are a testament to her commitment to this mission. People who have witnessed her live performances often describe them as heartwarming and uplifting. When you think about Carlotta’s shows, it’s bound to bring a smile.
One of the most remarkable moments in Carlotta’s career was in July 2022 when she had the opportunity to open for the renowned jazz trumpeter Jon Faddis. Over two unforgettable nights, her quartet had the privilege of sharing the stage with him. It was even more memorable when Mr. Faddis unexpectedly joined them to perform “A Night in Tunisia.” On both nights, he invited Carlotta to sing with his band, a remarkable experience that has left an indelible mark on her journey.
PHOTO: Carlotta Schmidt’s self-titled debut album, “Carlotta Schmidt”. Photo via dentonschmidtphoto
In addition to her impressive live performances, Carlotta released her debut self-titled album, “Carlotta Schmidt,” in April. This album is a delightful mix of original songs and covers arranged and co-produced by the artist. With the involvement of talented musicians, the album can be found on all major streaming platforms. Carlotta has several exciting gigs lined up! For more information, check out her website, www.CarlottasShmidtMusic.com, and Instagram.
An exciting project that Carlotta is spearheading is the Fourth Wave Fest, a women-led fundraising music festival happening in Asbury Park next March. You can stay updated and learn more about this remarkable initiative at www.fourthwavefest.org. Be on the lookout for their social media pages and help spread the word. Find more local talents here and on Lucid Media Blog!