Karla DeVito was born in 1953 in Mokena, Illinois, then a small farming town southwest of Chicago, At Loyola University, she majored in theater. She joined the comedy troupe The Second City Company, and her co-stars included Bill Murray. In 1973, she was in the cast of the popular play Hair. She subsequently became a backup singer for such groups as The E Street Band (fronted by Bruce Springsteen), Meat Loaf, and the Blue Oyster Cult. Later she became a lead solo performer/ singer in her own right, and opened for such prominent artists as Hall & Oates and Rick Springfield.