Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with unsigned London based singer Clare Cordell to find out more…
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I am from Watford and I honestly can’t remember a time when I wasn’t into music. My family always listened to music when I was a kid and it has always just sort of wired into me in some way.
The first time I knew I could sing however was a complete accident – basically punishment for chatting in assembly in my junior school was being made to stand up and sing a solo which happened to me pretty early into my school life. But I totally had the last laugh as 8 year old Clare wasn’t half bad!
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
The earliest memory I have of being completely in awe of a specific artist was when I first heard Carole King’s Tapestry album! Its still one of my favourites now! The woman is a genius! I’ve been obsessed with Aretha Franklin and Whitney for as long as I can remember and I also love Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Nicks, Dolly Parton… contemporary wise Beyoncé is the queen of everything.
How would you describe your sound?
Easy listening blues mixed with powerhouse soul!
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
My latest single is called She Won’t and it’s a bit of an anthem for strong women (can you call your own song an anthem? Is that super arrogant?) For me it’s sort of confirming the idea that it's absolutely fine to be a bit of a mess but still kill it at life and be a good person!
What’s your local music scene like?
The London music scene is great! There are so many great places to perform but my favourite gig is always Kinky Kabaret at Freedom bar in Soho (every Monday night 11pm) the atmosphere is unbelievable, Nathan and Carl who host the show are brilliant and you can always count on the crowd to be amazing and supportive – plus the line-up is always bursting with talent. Follow them for more info @kinkykabaret.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
HOPEFULLY the next 12 months are going to be busy and productive! I’m working on a couple of cool things behind the scenes including a podcast, but mainly I’m focusing on my second album! I wanted to think of a clever title for it to follow my first album ‘No Stupid Ideas’ but honestly all I currently have for a name is ‘Absolutely No Idea’… I’m also planning on a mini tour in 2020! Sign up for my mailing list for all news announcements!
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
SO. MANY.PEOPLE! Any of my influence answers above – also Chris Stapleton, Jessie Ware, Ed Sheeran, YEBBA, Gregory Porter, Yola, Sigrid… I’d LOVE to work with Post Modern Jukebox or Todrick Hall. I’m also the biggest drag fan and I love the idea of working a bunch of the queens especially Trixie Mattel who’s this human barbie doll of a queen but plays the autoharp and has gorgeous soft country voice, I love her music she's a great songwriter!
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Apart from literally forgetting the lyrics to everything – including songs that I’ve written myself? I got a standing ovation from the audience and the judges singing my own song at Wembley Arena for X Factor and was so overwhelmed that I just sort of gaped at Simon Cowell for a full minute and said ‘I’m not sure why I love you I just do” to which he smiled and patiently replied ‘I know. I like you too” then I just shuffled off stage… I’m usually much cooler than that.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
I can rap most Missy Elliot lyrics if given half the chance and if you ever come to a Clare Cordell gig, you’ll be put through the ringer emotionally; laughter, tears the lot. I also love dragging people on stage to play musical Diva Tag with me… google it and thank me later!
Make sure you buy my NEW single She Won't out now on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music etc... you can also still purchase my album No Stupid Ideas.