Singer/songwriter Claire Guerreso combines all genres into a powerful mixture of her own song creations. She specializes in making and performing music for media outlets such as film and TV as well as writing with and for other artists. 

Her ability to write and sing almost every genre has taken her music around the world. Equally apt at writing dark, ethereal songs, upbeat dance tracks, and introspective ballads, Claire imparts depth into her songs with her haunting, compelling voice and melodies.

You may recognize her music from such shows as, Grey’s Anatomy, Station 19, Reign, Lucifer, Pretty Little Liars, Shades of Blue, The Walking Dead: World Beyond, American Ninja Warrior, and many more.

How did you get to where you are now? 

Short answer is hard work and learning from my mistakes. But for real, this journey is a marathon not a sprint and the music industry is no different. 

What is the favorite song you wrote and why? 

That’s a tough one to answer because every song I have written holds a purpose at the time I write it. They’re all my favorites 🙂 I just hope that people will resonate with what I write and pick their own favorite. 

Who are your all time musical icons? 

It’s hard to choose. I grew up listening to Joni Mitchell, Beyoncé, Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey, Yusuf/Cat Stevens, and many other amazing artists. They are all trailblazers and uniquely authentic artists which is so inspiring. 

What are some things to do to keep your inspiration alive? 

I listen. There is so much going on around us all the time that I like to draw inspiration from simply observing. Whenever I’m feeling a bit stuck I go outside or chat with a friend. The natural world is so powerful and that’s very moving to me. I also like trying new things and drawing from those experiences too. There are so many ways to excite inspiration! 

Who are you binge listening to these days? 

I could listen to Khalid all day. His vocal melody’s and lyrics are magical and take me to a new place every time I hear them. I’ve been listening to his music a lot lately. I love music that I can sing along to and that makes me want to dance. 

Favorite movie or TV show? 

Like most people, I binged Ted Lasso. It was such a great show and I’m looking forward to the next season. I also love Dead to Me. There are a few shows that I still want to watch so I’m sure I’ll be adding to that short list soon. 

Tell us about your latest release and how it came about 

One Of A Kind is a fun song with a catchy hook that I kept coming back to when it was time to pick a single. It’s not the most complicated song I’ve written and I like that. It’s just an honest, feel good vibe which I’m always in to and wanted to share with everyone.

Do you have any peculiar pre or post show rituals? 

Not really. I’ve heard of some odd and specific pre-show rituals but I’m a bit of a goofball and I like to joke around. So, usually that’s how I get ready for shows… Have a laugh, let loose, and get amped up for the stage. 

What’s the future looking like for you? 

I am always writing a lot and creating new music. I also have a couple other singles coming out in the near future as well that will be on your favorite TV shows. I’ve considered working on a record as well so you’ll just have to stay tuned for that 🙂

Who inspires your style and aesthetics? 

I’d say I like the punk and grunge aesthetic. I prefer being comfortable as well so you won’t find me in stilettos very often. My friends have categorized my style as being “so Claire”, whatever that means. I don’t let anything prohibit whatever style or aesthetic I’m feeling at the time because that kind of thing is forever evolving. Why not try them all. 

What is the achievement or moment in your career you are the most proud of and why? 

Staying in the music industry lol! Creative people often ride a wave of self doubt and success and sometimes it’s tempting to just get off of the ride and find a “normal” job. But really, I’d be a terrible salesperson so I’ll keep writing and singing lol. I’ve gotten to work with so many amazing writers and producers as well as people who genuinely care about music and art. I truly enjoy my career and couldn’t imagine doing anything else. Jim Carrey said “You can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love”, which I wholeheartedly agree with.

What do you think is the best way to make it as an artist nowadays? 

Stay true to your art and be relentless. It’s so important to know who to listen to and who to politely ignore throughout your career because everyone has advice based on their own experience that may not apply to you. Learn to take criticism and turn it in to something that you can use. 

What would you change in the music and entertainment industry especially after this past year? 

The music industry is ever changing and I think this year is no different. Everyone is doing their best to adapt to the times we are living in and they’re doing a great job. I’m happy to see more music industry people starting their own companies with more direct lines and contacts. It’s an exciting time!