Singer-songwriter Katrina Carlson has populated her three albums with plenty of her own material. But she has no problem that it was a cover — of Howard Jones’ “No One is to Blame” from 2007’s “Here and Now” — that vaulted her to the top of the adult contemporary charts.
“I’ve always loved the song,” says Carlson, an Arizona native who studied international relations, foreign policy and diplomacy and worked briefly in Washington, D.C. “I just thought the lyrics SOUND CHECK
were timeless and kind of go to the core of so much of what my life has been about.
“I’ve had so many blessings and so much success in many ways. But when you’re an independent artist, it’s such a mystery about how people break through, how people break out and strike a chord in a huge way. This is what did it for me.”
Getting Jones to sing on the track, however, was another matter. He was amenable to the duet but turned down Carlson’s original arrangement. But she went to one of his concerts in Los Angeles to talk to Jones about what would work.
“It was a good learning experience that taught me I should be persistent,” says Carlson. “I’m not a pushy person, but I did persist. So when I heard that ‘no,’ I said, ‘No, that can’t be.’ I kind of did problem solving instead of backing off and said, ‘This has got to work.’ And it did.”
Katrina Carlson performs at 9 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 26) at Edison’s, 220 W. Merrill St., Birmingham. Call (248) 645-2150 or visit www.katrinacarlson.com.