Carla Harvey[1] is an American musician from Detroit, best known as a vocalist of the American heavy metal band Butcher Babies. Harvey is also an author, artist,mortician and actress. She landed her first job in Hollywood as an Entertainment Reporter for the Playboy Channel, and appeared on many popular network TV shows like Rules of Engagement.[2] Harvey took a break from the entertainment world to earn a degree in Mortuary Science from California's Cypress College, and worked as an embalmer and funeral director before forming the Butcher Babies and pursuing her lifelong dream of being a touring musician.

Carla Harvey
Carla Harvey 2014.jpg
Harvey in 2014.
Background information
Born (1976-10-04) October 4, 1976 (age 43)
OriginDetroit, Michigan, United States
GenresHeavy metal, metalcore, groove metal, thrash metal
Occupation(s)Singer, writer, actress, author
Years active2010—present
LabelsCentury Media
Associated actsButcher Babies

Harvey is passionate about writing. She was named a "comic book mastermind" by Hustler.[2] Her first published comic book Butcher Babies was released with great success at San Diego Comic-Con 2011.[2] Her first full-length novel, Death and Other Dances, was released in 2014, and a new comic series entitled Soul Sucka was released in 2015.

Early lifeEdit

Harvey attended Glenn Levey Middle School in Southfield, Michigan. As a teenager she attended Mercy High School (all-girl private Catholic) and Harrison High School, both in Farmington Hills, Michigan.[3] Carla also has a degree in mortuary science from California's Cypress College, and is a licensed funeral director and embalmer. In an interview, she said that "She hopes to one day open her own funeral home, but for now, she's enjoying life on the road with the Butcher Babies."[2] She has appeared in several adult features, sometimes using the alias Bridget Banks. Among these are At Your Service (2006), Decadent Dreams (2005), and Bedtime Secrets (2008).[4]

Reaction to criticismEdit

Often being judged as less powerful and influential in the heavy metal industry, Harvey and her fellow Butcher Babies vocalist, Heidi Shepherd, never dwell on negative criticism. As Harvey mentioned in an interview with "There's always gonna be haters. We actually don't really play into the negativity, or read into the negativity. I think people are afraid of sexuality, especially Americans.[5]" She supports greater female representation in the metal music scene.


With Butcher BabiesEdit

Musical influencesEdit

Harvey has cited her influences as Pantera, Slayer, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Slipknot and the Plasmatics. However, in an interview, she has stated that her main musical heroes are Slash and Jimi Hendrix. She said: "As a biracial kid growing up in the Detroit area, I got a lot of shit for loving hard rock and metal, and seeing musicians that were also African American playing the music I loved made me strong enough to say, 'Fuck you, I'm going to like what I want.'"[6] She is also heavily influenced by horror movies such as The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, House of 1000 Corpses, and The Devil's Rejects.[7]


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  2. ^ a b c d "Carla Harvey Official Website". Archived from the original on 2013-11-22. Retrieved 2013-11-27.
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  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 6, 2010. Retrieved 2013-10-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "BUTCHER BABIES' CARLA HARVEY: 'People Are Afraid Of Sexuality, Especially Americans'". Retrieved 2015-09-09.
  6. ^ Brandon Geist (September 19, 2011). "Exclusive: Butcher Babies Debut New Song, "Blonde Girls All Look the Same" – Heavy Metal News | Music Videos |Golden Gods Awards". Archived from the original on 2013-10-04. Retrieved 2013-11-27.
  7. ^ "Gute Horrorfilme 2013 – Horrorfilm Reviews " Exclusive-Interview with The Butcher Babies". September 14, 2012. Archived from the original on October 4, 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-27.