Following up last year’s El Renacimiento, Mexican singer-songwriter Carla Morrison is back again with “Todo Fue Por Amor,” the title track to an upcoming movie on Sister Maria Rosa Leggol. Translated to “It Was All For Love” in English, the song leans into Morrison’s talent as a vocalist known for pulling on heartstrings, with this newest release being no exception. Already having some notable guest spots on high-profile artists like J Balvin and Karol G under her belt, “Todo Fue Por Amor” plays off her strengths and offers a genuinely touching meditation on giving yourself to love and surrendering any sign of selfishness.
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There’s no doubt about the song being a pop song. Whether it’s the lone, somber piano that is simultaneously uplifting and dispiriting or the faint strings heard more prominently in the latter half, the instrumental is noticeably stripped down. But rather than being a hindrance, it makes room for a rather powerful vocal performance from Morrison. Her delicate voice always sounds like glass on the verge of cracking into pieces that fly in multiple directions, yet she never shows a moment of weakness in vocal quality. As she raises the bar vocally, the production follows suit, and the strings give the song a cinematic atmosphere while also allocating some air for Morrison’s voice to glide over.
Though this isn’t the first time Morrison has released a song supporting a movie release, this is the first where it works independently and fits alongside an already expansive catalog. The music video, directed by Laura Castellanos, features Morrison singing in front of a church and a forest as real-life footage of Maria Rosa Leggol is spliced in between, encapsulating the subject matter of the single with love and respect.
It’s no question why she’s so prominent in Mexico, garnering millions of streams on previous albums such as 2012’s Déjenme Llorar. And while Carla Morrison only recently returned to full-length albums after five years, a period she spent soul searching and honing in on her craft, the assured quality of the song seems to be from an artist working like they never left.
Words: David Sosa
“Todo Fue Por Amor” by Carla Morrison is out on all streaming services. Catch Carla Morrison live in 2023 when she kicks off her U.S. headlining tour this August including a Los Angeles date at the famed Hollywood Bowl.
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Carla Morrison 2023 Tour Dates
August 4 – Napa, CA @ Blue Note Napa Summer Sessions
August 5 – Modesto, CA @ Gallo Center for the Arts
August 6 – Saratoga, CA @ The Mountain Winery
August 8 – San Diego, CA @ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay
August 9 -San Diego, CA @ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay
August 12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
August 16 – Portland, OR @ McMenamins Crystal Ballroom
August 17 – Seattle, WA @ The Moore Theatre
August 19 – Denver, CO @ Levitt Pavilion
August 21 – Chicago, IL @ Millennium Park Series – Jay Pritzker Pavilion