Ones To Watch: Clare Maguire

Currently signed to Polydor Records is Birmingham’s pop princess Clare Maguire. She has recently been listed in BBC’s coverted Sound Poll of 2011 which saw Clare come in at Number 5. Now Clare’s voice has been compared to Annie Lennox and Stevie Nicks. Maguire was signed to Polydor Records in 2008 and is set to make waves after debut album Light After Dark is unleashed on 28th February. The week before sees the release of the second single which is the cracking Last Dance.

The first couple of months are extremely busy for Clare on the gigging front which included a headline slot for the New To Q Sessions at Bush Hall, a support slot for Mona at Koko for MTV and then a headline gig again at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen all at the end of January. February sees Clare supporting The Hurts on the bands UK tour and a date for HMV Next Big Thing at The Borderline. Then in March will see her embark on The Hurts European tour.

Maguire was born in Solihull, Birmingham on 15th September 1987 and comes from a large musical Irish family. It was the at the age of 7 when she started singing and writing music. Ten years later Clare began travelling regularly to London to establish music contacts and also began posting demo songs on MySpace. Strangest Thing was one of these demos and was recorded with Joe Flory (from the band Primary 1). This was the song that led to interest from a number of major recording companies.  Then she signed with Polydor in 2008.

The debut single Ain’t Nobody was released on 18th October 2010 and it debuted at #78 on the UK Singles Chart. While it is follow up single Last Dance which I predict will make waves in the chart when it is released on 20th February.  Claire wrote that song  the day after the King Of Pop Michael Jackson’s death shocked the world.

I attended the New To Q Session Clare headlined at Bush Hall and she had a belting voice. Debut album Light After Dark (released 28th February) is definately on my to buy list.


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