The DIY Diva's List of The Best Musical CDs of 2006

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Carla Lynne Hall, also known as the music industry's "DIY Diva," releases her "Best CDs of 2006 List," which includes her own new CD release, Supernova.

It's the end of the year, and while music critics worldwide have released their "Best CDs of 2006" lists, Carla Lynne Hall, also known as indie music's "DIY Diva," can't help but add her own end-of-year roundup to the mix. As a performing singer/songwriter who also writes about the music business, Hall has released her own "Best CDs of 2006 List" on her blog at

Will the "DIY Diva" shamelessly include her own CD on the list? "Surely you didn't think I'd ignore my own CD, Supernova, and not include it in my Best CDs of 2006 List. After all, I did release it this year!" Hall laughs, "Seriously, Supernova has a great vibe, cool songs, and excellent production by Christian Cassan. CD sales have been good, but the MP3 sales have totally exceeded my expectations, so yeah, Supernova is making the list!"

Described as "Norah Jones meets Sade for tea on their way to visit The Beatles," Carla's music reached a wider online audience when she blogged about the Rock Star: Supernova reality show earlier this year. Worldwide fans of the CBS TV reality show visited Carla's blog for her passionate performance commentary, and also purchased her MP3s. Says Hall, "This 'experiment' in guerrilla music marketing proved to me that the world, and not just the local music scene, is an audience worth pursuing. 2007 will be a great year for music on the internet, and I'm looking forward to making even more fans online!"

And what are other music critics saying about their own end of the year music lists?

Dorothy Robinson (Metro): "How does one explain the disconnect between these [music industry vs. music critic] lists? Have people stopped listening to music critics, as in the film industry? Or are reviewers just not listening to the people? And, perhaps the most important question of all: Who the hell is still listening to Nickelback?" "2006 was a DIY year in music. The do-it-yourselfers were the fans, not the artists. We read each other's blogs, listened to millions of songs online, shared our discoveries, and bought the music we liked rather than the music the suits tried to sell us. The Internet continued to weaken old distribution channels (goodbye Tower Records) and empower consumers (hello iTunes, eMusic, Obscure Sound, MySpace), and blockbuster albums were nowhere to be found. Musical choices proliferated, and in turn diversity was the theme."

Sasha Frere-Jones (The New Yorker): "The class of people who are entrusted with the job of being critics are a small and self-selecting crew. [However] Consensus does mean something. It means that a lot of times, records do suck."

Michael Gonzalez (Music Critic for Vibe and Giant): "Many critics aren't in tune with what America wants. Everyone wants to pull out that one slice of genius that puts them back on top."

On that note, Carla Lynne Hall is happy to her own slice of genius, which can be found on her site on

Supernova is the latest CD release on Carla Lynne Hall's Moxie Entertainment label, and is available on and iTunes. Hall has opened for legendary bluesman Taj Mahal, and has performed at clubs and college campuses throughout the United States. According to Rockrgrl Magazine, "Hall's velvet voice and heartbreaking songs draw you in with their richness". Front & Center, Carla's debut CD, was released in 2001, and rose to #3 on college playlists. Also known as "The DIY Diva" in indie music circles, Carla Lynne Hall is also the author of The DIY Guide to the Music Biz, and her columns appear in Vibe Magazine,, and other publications around the globe. Carla's eBook, The DIY (Do It Yourself) Guide to the Music Biz is available at Carla Lynne Hall blogs about her own quest towards rockstarhood on


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