“My parents were hippies -- the VW bus-driving-around kind” says Clair, revealing the folk influences that first sparked her love of music. “I love Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Carol King, so many more -- but I never set out to be a musician initially.” It was a knee injury, in fact, that ended her career as a pro snowboarder and set her on the road to becoming a musician. “I traded my Burton [snowboard] for a Gibson [guitar],” she says with a wry smile.
The songs on 'Island in the City' are simple, human expressions of exultation, loss, release and ultimately the triumph of love. Recently retooled by her longtime friend and Grammy Award winner Tony Black into nuggets of pure reggae/pop goodness, 'Island in the City' is a breezy sing-along of both originals & covers. “The new musical twist has been really natural,” says Clair. It must be; it has led to headlining gigs at venues like The Surf Lodge in Montauk, features in SESAC’s ‘New & Now' and Socan's 'Words & Music' magazines, singing BGV for actor/musician Jeremy Sisto, and a re-energized live experience.
Island in the City is available online and in stores now!