about carli naff
Carli Naff is a singer songwriter from Phoenix, Arizona. When she moved to New York in 2015 to pursue a career in acting, she had never written a song before. She struggled to find creative fulfillment in auditioning, so took to busking in the echoey subway tunnels beneath New York City for creative release. After several experiences with love, addiction, heartbreak, loss, and growth, she realized that she had 25 years worth of unwritten songs waiting to pour out of her.
Her songs have a folk-flair for intimate story telling, and her voice can shift from being vulnerable and fragile to incredibly powerful. Her music has a tendency to evoke emotional responses from her listeners while still being grounded in catchy hooks that make each song memorable.
After writing the songs for her first EP, she partnered with friend and producer David Hagen to create an alternative folk-rock sound which has been likened to Angel Olsen, Phoebe Bridgers, and Florence + The Machine. Musically, Naff was inspired by many different artists including Jeff Buckley, Big Thief, and Alabama Shakes.
At the time she began writing for the record, Carli had been struggling on-and-off with a vocal injury. She found that, in uncovering her artistic voice, she began to heal both her physical and her inner voice, too. Her upcoming debut EP is entitled Horrible Talker after an eventful appointment with a voice doctor, and is the first collection of songs she's ever written. Horrible Talker expresses the pain one feels when muting their own voice.
"Carli Naff has always had a gorgeous voice... But with her first album, she establishes the artistry behind this voice. The lyrics are poetic and considered... the production is thoughtful and moving. And the voice, which has for so long interpreted other people's songs, soars under the weight of her own words." -Paul Thomson, Chicago IL
"Carli's voice is just the best one there is. It's not subjective." -Alex Lemonier, New York NY
“Her vocals and music are mesmerizing, taking you with her on her journey as well as propelling you into your own." -Justin Campbell, Brooklyn NY
"Carli's voice is an incredible mix of powerful + sweet, vulnerable + playful. When I listen to her sing, I experience an incredibly deep emotional response. At times, tears flood seemingly without any reason (in a good way!). But there is a reason - it's because she connects deeply with your heart. And she sings about feelings that you maybe didn't even know you had." -Anne Bertsch, Breckenridge CO
While in production for the record, Carli was approached by local guitarist Russell Castiglione after (almost) making him cry at an open mic performance. He and long-time band-mate Austin Deyo (drums) enthusiastically became the first members of Naff’s band. They were later joined by her close friends Alex Lemonier (keys) and Kallan Campbell (bass).
Vocals, Guitar | Carli Naff
Guitar, Vocals | Russell Castiglione
Keyboard, Vocals | Alex Lemonier
Bass | Kallan Campbell
Drums | Austin Deyo
Carli’s music has been featured in the short film “Night’s Melody” (Random Light Prod.) and the web series “Half Honey” (Sparkle Fairy Prod.) for which she wrote the theme song. She and her band can be found playing venues in NYC and Brooklyn. See Upcoming Shows for their next performance. Naff's Debut EP is set to release in the summer of 2018.
Photos by David Hagen Media.