Canadian country artist Emily Clair has launched “Songbird Series” to empower women in country music. Clair was born and raised just outside of Toronto, Canada. She grew in a music loving family where her parents noticed at just 2 years old, Emily sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” as she would fall asleep. Emily listened to Christina Aguilera, Sara McLachlan, and Nora Jones growing up, and was not aware of country music until her grade 8 teacher told her to listen to Shania Twain and The Chicks. Clair became fascinated with the genre, and started going to lots of concerts, where she always had the thought of “that has to be me on that stage”.
Clair released her most recent song, “Drive Me Home” in May 2021. “I wanted to sing about a woman’s perspective of taking her man home from the bar. You always hear men singing about meeting women at the bar, but you do not really hear a lot of women singing about this topic." You can check out the music video here. Clair started co-writing a few years ago and loves it because “three heads are better than one!" Clair often works with Canadian country producer Shawn Moore.
When performing, Clair prefers to play intimate venues where she can connect with the audience, “I love when its quiet and you can hear a pin drop”. Clair dreams of one day playing Budweiser Stage in Toronto, Canada, a venue where she has seen The Chicks, Chris Stapleton, and Miranda Lambert with Little Big Town previously. Since the pandemic began, Clair started “Songbird Series”, and plans to host writer’s rounds with an all-female lineup as soon as it is safe to do so. Stay tuned for new music from Emily in the fall!
You can check out Songbird Series on Instagram @thesongbirdseries and for more information on Emily Clair, visit her website.
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