"CLAIRE'S SILKY VOICE HAS A RICH AND COMPASSIONATE TONE, A VOICE WITH UNWAVERING POWER AND STRENGTH"
-THE PERMANENT RAIN PRESS
"Claire emerges as a young artist of real potential" -New Canadian Music
With powerhouse vocals comparable to Susan Tedeschi and Basia Bulat paired with the velvety softness, clarity and intonation of Eva Cassidy and Norah Jones, there is a pureness to Claire's voice that can silence a room. A musician sensitive to dynamics, and a performer committed to delivering the raw emotion of a song, Claire "sings like a broken sparrow" (Vance Gilbert). Brimming with soulful vocals and addictive melodies, her songs build and breathe and are written without losing the emotional platform great songs come from. She brings a fresh, graceful feel to contemporary folk, and is sure to move audiences with skillfully crafted songs but also charm them with her “wicked sense of humour” (Rik Emmett, Triumph).
2018 in a nutshell…
Claire was selected as a songwriter for The Banff Centre For Arts & Creativity’s Singer Songwriter Residency for the month of March, among 29 other song writers from around the world. Following this, she finished recording and mixing her second EP, “On The Other Side”, and released it in July 2018, to glowing reviews from Americana UK, Blues & Roots Radio, The Permanent Rain Press, and many others across North America and around the world. The EP reached #3 in the national Folk/Roots/Blues charts for !earshot, and has been featured on radio and music blogs across Canada, the US, and the UK/Europe. Track #3, “Love In Your Eyes”, was recently nominated for the Colleen Peterson Songs From The Heart Award (OAC) for 2018. CBC Radio One featured her as an in studio guest on Fresh Air, and have been spinning her music across the country on various CBC programs. She completed a month long tour of Vancouver Island following the release, which included her 5th journey across the country as feature Artist On Board with VIA Rail Canada. Tour highlights included Victoria Dragon Boat Festival, 39 Days Of July Festival, Parksville Beach Festival and Beach Hill Park Folk Series In The Park, as well as The Filberg Festival, Harmony Arts Festival, and many others during the past year. She has recently shot a 2 video live performance series featuring 2 songs off of her EP, and with one video released in October, and the next one to follow in November.
Originally from Vancouver Island, Claire arrived in Toronto in 2011 to pursue a degree in music at Humber College. Since graduation, Claire has been performing, touring, writing and recording non stop. A performer for David Foster's 25th Anniversary Celebration in 2012, and a featured writer for Humber Music's Producer In Residence Week with Bob Ezrin (KISS, Pink Floyd, Lou Reed, Deep Purple, Peter Gabriel), Claire is making a name for herself in the folk/songwriter community across Canada. Festival/tour highlights including The Filberg Festival, Harmony Arts Festival, Springtide Festival, Hops & Harvest Festival, YYZ Live at Toronto Pearson, and five trans continental journeys on VIA Rail for the Artist On Board program. She has shared stages with Jacksoul, Beady Belle, Great Lake Swimmers, Melanie Dekker, Jim Byrnes, The Wooden Sky, Barney Bentall, Delhi 2 Dublin, and David Gogo and has loaned her talent to non profit organizations such as Girls Rock Camp Toronto, and Nellie’s Shelter.
The Filberg Festival, Harmony Arts Festival, YYZ Live at Pearson Airport, Victoria Dragon Boat Festival, Parksville Beach Festival, David Foster 25th Anniversary Celebration, 39 Days Of July Festival, Beacon Hill Folk Series in the Park, Springtide Festival, Hops & Harvest Festival, Open Tuning Festival, Roncy Rocks Festival, Banff Singer Songwriter Residency (Artist In Residence), Jakestock, Toronto Distillery District Outdoor Concert Series, VIA Rail Artist On Board (5 transcontinental journeys), FMO PRIVATE SHOWCASE ARTIST
“An upcoming artist ready to stake her claim within the singer-songwriter circles.”
-GREAT DARK WONDER
"Shades of Joni and Laura Marling - and wholly original. She’s a grand songwriter and sooner rather than later she’s going to break through on the roots music scene and you could be the first to give her a festival break" –Richard Flohil