Carlo Ditta, a singer-songwriter from New Orleans, gained recognition after winning the Best Gospel Song title at the American Song Festival in the 1970s with his composition "Pray." Starting a successful career as a record producer, the New Orleans native collaborated with soul singer Mighty Sam McClain in the studio to record the song, marking the beginning of a long and exceptionally fruitful career as a record producer.
Carlo persisted with his passion for songwriting and performing while spending time in Nashville, California, and New York City. Along the way, he worked with Dorothy Goodman, Willy DeVille, and Motown composer Nick Zesses. However, the allure of New Orleans persisted and convinced Ditta to return home. His primary focus became producing records for underappreciated Louisiana artists, resulting in his critically acclaimed Orleans Records.
Carlo is a highly successful music producer who has contributed to many acclaimed albums. One of his notable works is the production of the iconic Danny Barker album Ham & Eggs. Another significant achievement was receiving a Grammy nomination for his work on Guitar Slim Jr.'s Story of My Life. Willy DeVille's Victory Mixture album, which Carlo produced, earned a Gold Record in France. Additionally, he made records for Virgin Records by Marva Wright and Lenny McDaniels before scoring with a series of Orleans Records, featuring overlooked artists such as Roland Stone, the Original Pinstripe Brass Band, Ironing Board Sam, Coco Robicheaux, Little Freddie King, and the soulful Rockie Charles, who is known as "The President of Soul."
As the record industry began to decline, Carlo turned to his guitar, singing, and songwriting, sharing his life experiences through his original compositions and the New Orleans R&B repertoire that shaped his musical outlook. He is now a seasoned stage performer regularly featured at nightclubs and festivals and often in concert alongside his longtime friend, the internationally acclaimed poet John Sinclair.