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Conversations with Claire Bryant

Today we’d like to introduce you to Claire Bryant.

Hi Claire, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I have been performing for as long as I can remember. At a super young age, I started putting on full-blown post-dinner productions for family and friends. People would always comment on my raspy, unconventional voice. I eventually found my power in that uniqueness. (I do remember, however, belting Shania Twain at the top of my lungs in the car with my mom wholeheartedly believing no one could tell the difference). Over time, singing became the only place where I felt others really took me seriously and actually listened to what I had to say. I would think to myself, “If only I could sing to this person. Then, they would understand who I am.” My dad handed me a recorder one day, and it was game over. I’m pretty sure I recorded over the same tape twenty times with new song ideas. It wasn’t until age 13, at the dawning of Taylor Swift’s career, did the art of songwriting truly manifest into my life. Songwriting took precedent when I realized there is no greater high than completing a composition. The ability to express exactly what I am experiencing in my own words through my body’s instrument is supernatural.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Has it been a smooth ride thus far? Absolutely not, but so much of my art is derived from adversity. A huge struggle of mine was dealing with vocal nodes. I eventually underwent surgery to have them removed. I am blessed my voice healed beautifully.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I sing, write, arrange, and produce music. I am best known for my powerhouse pipes, jazzy melodies, and lyrical satire, my most infamous song being, “Fuck you for breaking my heart, but thank you for the jacket.” I am really proud of how much my writing has grown, especially in regards to lyrics. I am confident in my storytelling and excited to share my new material!

What were you like growing up?
Oh boy haha growing up, I was outgoing, quirky, imaginative, the wild child who loves to party, as well as a big ole nerdy theatre kid (nothing has really changed). I come from a very large, loud, Italian family. I was raised to value family above all else. We are very close, and I wouldn’t be where I am today without their love and support. For that, I am eternally grateful.

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Personal photo credit: Jim Slife Additional photo credit: Holy Smoke Photography

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