press kit

SHORT BIO

Kara Claudy is a songwriter, singer and recording artist based in Atlanta, Georgia. The corporate young professional turned artist is a woman of paradox; born to a US Marine father and Korean mother, Kara is a global citizen, having lived in points as exotic as Okinawa, Japan and Prague, Czech Republic, yet she is an all-American personality whose go-to outfits combine blue jeans or a vintage dress with her worn Dan Post boots. Kara’s transient experiences have taught her that music brings people together in a way that transcends geographic boundaries, language barriers, and different backgrounds. In the words of Stomp and Stammer, her debut EP, Right Here, released independently in May 2015, boasts five “pretty, heartfelt, spill-it-out confessionals.” When asked about her goals, she replies, “I want to keep growing, write great songs, and make a living doing it.” Having garnered press from numerous outlets including Stomp and Stammer, Points North Magazine, Eide Magazine's Lookbook, Songwriting Scene, CBS46, and NBC11, as well as opening for Rebecca Loebe, Buddy Mondlock, and Ben Rector, and winning the coveted Eddie’s Attic Open Mic in February 2016, Kara seems poised to do just that and more.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Venues Played: 

Acoustics at Oaks End; Athens Farmers Market; Atlantic Station Friday Night Live 2015; Birdsong Brewing, Charlotte; City of Smyrna Food Truck Tuesday; Commodore Grill, Nashville; Eddie's Attic; The Evening Muse, Charlotte; Hard Rock Cafe, Atlanta; Little Vinyl Lounge; Moe Joe Coffee, Greenville; Moonlight on the Mountain, Birmingham; Peachtree Center Green Market; Piedmont Park Farmers Market; Red Clay Theatre; Seven Oaks Concert Series; Smith's Olde Bar; Topgolf Midtown; USO Futenma, Okinawa, Japan


Festivals Played: 

Atlanta Summer Beer Fest 2014, Norcross Arts Fest 2014, Fall Fest on Ponce 2014, Atlanta Winter Beer Fest 2015, Callanwolde Arts Fest 2015, Atlanta Wine Party 2015; Atlanta Summer Beer Fest 2015; Oakhurst Porchfest 2015; Atlanta Brunch Fest 2016; Star 94.1's Woofstock 2016


Shared the stage with / Opened for:

Ben Rector
Rebecca Loebe (Season 1 of The Voice)
Buddy Mondlock
Elizabeth Elkins (of Granville Automatic)
Wesley Cook
Laughlin
Cody Oliver
Wrenn
Zale
Foxtrot & the Get Down
Ron Hipp (of Out of the Rain)

Awards:

Eddie's Attic Open Mic winner on February 29, 2016
2016 Tin Roof Acoustic Showdown Series 15 Finalist
Emory Arts Competition 2011, 2nd place in original song category
Goizueta 2011 Budnick Award for Transformation through Creativity recipient

PRESS

March 22, 2016 - Eide Magazine's Lookbook Atlanta profiles Kara Claudy with a focus on how Atlanta's sense of local community inspires her. Read the profile here.

February 13, 2016 - Kara Claudy and Rust Magazine team up with Kiwi Vintage to film 3 of her original songs. Watch here.

January 19, 2016 - Live on NBC11's Atlanta & Company, Kara Claudy performs an original song written for newlyweds Ali and Dirk in partnership with Sean O'Keefe Events 2016 Wedding Giveaway. Watch here.

November 26, 2015 - Good Gracious Podcast highlights Kara Claudy, John McCutcheon, #WeLoveATL, and Kyle Brooks. Listen here.

September 2015 - Kara Claudy featured in Points North magazine alongside Von Grey and Wesley Cook. Read here.

September 2015 - Women of Substance Radio chooses two of Kara's songs, "Formalities" and "Two Weeks" for their award-winning podcast. Listen to episode #206 and #218 featuring her songs.

May 7, 2015 - Radio personality English Nick hosts Kara Claudy in the 97.1 Live Lounge. Watch here.

May 6, 2015 - Kara Claudy appeared with host Annalee Penny on Atlanta Plugged In on CBS46. Watch the segment here.

May 4, 2015 - Stomp and Stammer's Jeff Clark writes a brief review of Right Here. Read here.

April 29, 2015 - Emory Wire covers Kara Claudy's album launch. Read here.

April 10, 2015 - Q&A with Kara Claudy on the Atlanta songwriting scene is featured on Songwriting Scene, named a Top 100 Music Blog by Musicians Empowered.

March 13, 2015 - Kara Claudy featured in the Herald Republican newspaper. Click here to read.

Contact

Booking :: Joe Revnes
joe@foxnoserecords.com

Press/General Inquiries :: Kara Claudy
kara@karaclaudy.com

Social links

GENRE

Singer-songwriter / Folk / Pop
Neo mellow

press highlights

"Ultimately, she...deeply understands and, as a songwriter, contributes to the power of song."
     Points North Magazine

"Her wildish bravery is shaping up to define her as a performing artist, though her songwriting is more comfortable and inspired by the everyday...It’s quite clear community is everything for Claudy. From the artists she collaborates with to the people who hear her songs, a sense of togetherness drives her music and her career."
     Eide Magazine's Lookbook Atlanta

"She's a singer-songwriter who does pretty, heartfelt, spill-it-out confessionals..."
     Stomp and Stammer

"Claudy's solo career is blossoming. Critics liken her sound to Sarah McLachlan, Priscilla Ahn, and Michelle Branch."
     Emory Wire

"Kara...[has] some really sweet, heartfelt tunes"
     Songwriting Scene

"Lewitt mics are always just as good as the artist using them. This time they were awesome..."
     Lewitt Audio, in response to live video featuring Kara Claudy on their LCT940 microphone

long bio

Flashback to February 2014--Kara Claudy was a young professional firmly fixed in the corporate world. She spent her days working on supermarket planograms and PowerPoints on shampoo pricing for multinational conglomerate Procter & Gamble before transitioning to boutique management consulting firm World 50 where she supported C-suite executives and their staff. One morning she woke up with no thought of pursuing music beyond writing songs in her bedroom, a cathartic creative outlet since youth. That night at Terminal West, watching childhood hero Vanessa Carlton perform, something clicked in her true artist’s heart, and she tearfully declared to her husband that she was stepping off the corporate ladder and turning her time and energy to her songwriting.

In a sense, that seemingly contradictory decision sums up the soul of the songwriter, singer and recording artist—Kara Claudy is a woman of paradox.

Born to a US Marine father and Korean mother, Kara is a global citizen, having lived in points as exotic as Okinawa, Japan (five formative years as a child) and Prague, Czech Republic (while studying abroad in college). Yet she is an all-American personality whose go-to outfits combine blue jeans or a vintage dress with her worn Dan Post boots (or the Justins, or the Ariats…). Ask her where she’s from and she’s as likely to say, “It’s complicated,” as she is to say, “I’m basically a Hoosier” or “I’m from Atlanta.” Though as she told Eide Magazine’s Lookbook, “Atlanta is absolutely home, and I’ve put roots down here — I’ve actually lived here longer than anywhere else now.”

Kara’s transient experiences have taught her that music brings people together in a way that transcends geographic boundaries, language barriers, and different backgrounds. This belief is evident in her songwriting, which, like others of her ilk, explores the experiences and emotional truths which perplex, confound, and fuel our everyday lives. In the words of Stomp and Stammer, her debut EP, Right Here, released independently in May 2015, boasts five “pretty, heartfelt, spill-it-out confessionals.” Topics span across unclear boundaries in relationships, new love, facing one’s fears to pursue a dream, and illegal immigration from an immigrant child’s perspective. In the words of Lookbook, “Her wildish bravery is shaping up to define her as a performing artist, though her songwriting is more comfortable and inspired by the everyday.”

Her Atlanta home overlooks the rail yard, “a place where she finds a deluge of musical inspiration: ‘It’s just this ever-changing landscape and it springs up for me just how connected we all are.’” A recent co-write with fellow Atlanta-based artist Brian Revels (of Americana/folk group City Mouse) titled “Machines” is clearly influenced by the rails. Captured in April 2016 by Rust Magazine in one take, the driving song with Americana roots challenges the listener to ask what and who they are working for with lines like “I’m a damn machine / made to be used / I don’t wonder who owns me / how ‘bout you” and “blood and a wedding band / tycoon’s crown jewels.”

While connection and community are an essential ingredient to Claudy’s oeuvre and personage, she finds herself in the midst of another transient experience as she currently divides her time between her acoustic project and a new electropop venture. When asked about her goals, she replies, “I want to keep growing, write great songs, and make a living doing it.” Having garnered press from numerous outlets including Stomp and Stammer, Points North Magazine, Eide Magazine's Lookbook, Songwriting Scene, CBS46, and NBC11, as well as opening for Rebecca Loebe, Buddy Mondlock, and Ben Rector, and winning the coveted Eddie’s Attic Open Mic in February 2016, Kara seems poised to do just that and more.