We sat down with Clare Cordell to find out what makes them tick…
In this feature, we’ll speak to some of HOT VOX’s favourite new artists on the gigging scene and find out what shaped them to be the artist they are today
Today we’re featuring CLARE CORDELL
Clare is a singer-songwriter from London. Described once as “a sassier, more common version of Adele with a greater voice and a significantly lower bank balance” Clare is fully riding that narrative bringing you a concoction of soulful heartfelt music, filthy language and self-deprecating humour.
Clare’s new single She Won’t has reached over 30,000 Spotify plays and features in a number of new music playlists across the platform and is an anthem for strong women breaking the mould!
Clare is in the process of completing her second studio album and planning a tour of her original show in 2021 providing we are allowed to leave the house!
WANT TO HEAR MORE? To see the premiere of Clare Cordell’s “Listening Party”, head to hotvox.co.uk at 7pm on 11th March
Filmed in full HD, “Listening Party” allows you to enjoy the intimacy and authenticity of a live show, from the comfort and safety of your own home, ensuring that your experience as a fan is as close as possible to the show you’re used to seeing from your favourite artists
The live industry has been decimated by Coronavirus, and the livelihoods of many musicians, venues, promoters, agents, managers, sound engineers, videographers and stage reps hang in the balance. Many of these individuals are freelancers, self-employed, or sustain themselves project-to-project, or gig-by-gig.
Best of all it’s totally free to watch – and you can get access to some exclusive rewards from Clare Cordell…
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Who is Clare Cordell? Where are you from, how long have you been playing music etc
Clare cordell is me, i am her and we are a giant complex mixture of sass, self deprecation, empowerment and strong vocals.
I’ve been singing my own music for maybe 8 years now, but i’ve been a singer since i was 8 years old.
If you had to describe your sound using just five words, what would they be?
Easy listening (that’s two words but i’ve made a loophole!)
Who are your biggest influences musically?
Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Brandi Carlile, Shoshana Bean, Carole King…
What’s your songwriting process?
My songwriting process is different every time i write a song! Sometimes i hear a tune in my head and build around that, sometimes the lyrics come out of my brain like a poem then i translate it into music and sometimes i have a subject in my head that i want to write about and thats my starting block.
I think with songwriting its such a personal thing so my process varies but the main consistency is trying to be as authentic as possible!
When you were younger, what was the first album that blew you away and you remember putting on repeat non-stop?
Ohhh I had Carole King’s album Tapestry on a tape and I played it so much over and over again that it literally caught fire in my old walkman!
As a performer, what’s your biggest claim to fame so far?
I don’t know about claim to fame because I feel famous everytime i get to perform because i still can’t believe people want to sit and listen to me, BUT the thing i tell most people about is the fact that i am mentioned on my old schools Wikipedia page under ‘notable alumni’ alongside George Michael and Andrew Ridgley!!!!
If you could go on tour with any current band or artist, who would it be and why?
That is such a hard question because at this point in time if anyone asked me to go on tour with them i would jump for joy, but i think if i could tour with one act it would be someone like Dolly Parton because i think she would bring the party wherever we went!!!
If you could put your dream team band together consisting of any musicians from the past or present who would the band members be?
Freddie Mercury, Amy Winehouse, Whitney, Aretha Franklin, Prince and Janis Joplin!!! My dream team would be such a cocktail of egos but it would be fabulous!
How would you describe your live show to someone who has never seen you perform before?
Please be prepared to listen to bad jokes, swear words and soulful music. Also will happily accept handfuls of cash to sing requests 🙂
Do any of you have any pre-gig or post gig rituals? If so, what and why?
I really don’t have any specific rituals other than steaming my voice before i sing and having a gin and tonic when i’m finished!
What would your ultimate rider be if you could have anything without being accused of being a diva?
I honestly think my rider would be an extra hour to get ready so i could have a nap!!! How lame does that make me sound!
If we were to browse your music library what is the most embarrassing song we might find? Or who is your guilty pleasure artist?
See, i don’t easily get embarrassed and i fully embrace my insane music taste but i think that says more about me than it does about anyone else! If i put my music on shuffle it can be anything from musical theatre, rock, soul, country to russian pop music and grime!
Tell us one thing your fans would be really shocked or surprised to hear or learn about you
I think i’m a pretty open book, but people may be surprised to find out that I co host a podcast with my friend called ‘Download Your Thoughts’ where we talk about anything from weird crushes to tarot readings and horoscopes!
If people want to check you out online where is the best place to go?
I am usually lurking on instagram or twitter (@clarecordell) and in both of my bio’s is a master link to all my stuff including links to my music on spotify/ apple etc
Finally, What does the future hold for you as an artist?
HOPEFULLY something that doesn’t involve having to livestream a concert from my bedroom!!
I would love to get out on tour, and i plan to do a bunch of festivals and pride gigs over the summer (providing we are allowed!)
I’ve also got a new single out on Friday 12th February 2021 so i will be promoting that for the foreseeable future!!!