Carina was born and raised in Miduna Beach. Her parents were the type of people who valued family and so she grew up surrounded by, not only her siblings, but her cousins and aunts and uncles as well. In a family of teachers and lawyers and architects, however, Carina had trouble fitting in. She always had trouble grasping theoretical concepts and didn't like things that she couldn't learn from a hands-on approach. Her teachers were quick to label her as a slow learner, and unfocused, two labels which hindered Carina's enthusiasm for school.
When she was ten, her brother had just started high school, and started sharing all of his new CDs with her, letting her listen to all sorts of bands, like Fall Out Boy, Paramore and Kids Who Chase Cats. Carina would listen to them all the time and sing along to the CDs when she was alone in her room. She went to her first concert when she was twelve, along with both of her brothers, and after getting back she told her parents that she wanted to be a musician. Seeing as they already had a grand piano in their house that was never used, they paid for her to have piano lessons, and surprisingly she caught on instantly, even though she struggled with reading sheet music. After playing piano for a year, she was given a guitar for Christmas, and she started teaching herself to play cover songs, occasionally recording them and putting them up on YouTube.
A few people in high school noticed she was extremely talented, including her music teacher, Mr. Baker, and encouraged her to join in a band which had been formed from members of her music class. Carina did, although she knew the band was only a temporary thing until they no longer had to take music class together. During this time, Carina started writing her own songs, but she didn't put any of those on YouTube, wanting to save them for when she had an actual band, since she definitely didn't want to go out on her own.
Thanks to her dedication to music, even though her other grades were not the best, Carina's music teacher recommended her to Desmond for a music course, which Carina's parents encouraged her to do, and Carina was more than a little excited about. After being led to believe that she would never even be considered for college when she was younger, she was proud that she'd been offered an almost-guaranteed spot. While she was finishing off her senior year of high school, her slightly older brother announced that he and his girlfriend, Lara, were expecting a baby. The baby was born in July 2014 while Carina was on summer vacation, and now lives at home with her parents. While Carina does love spending time with her nephew, Zach, she took it upon herself to find an apartment closer to uni where she could focus on her work without a baby crying in the background. It just turned out that one of her friends from high school was also looking for a roommate, so the two of them decided to move in together.
Shortly after starting at college, she befriended a few people who had the idea of starting a band. Even though she had a feeling it mightn't have been a serious thing, Carina loved the idea of playing shows while she was learning, and getting to share some of her songwriting with the group.