Clare in­spired by stars to make dream al­bum

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - MUSIC SCENE - By Sean Wal­lace

THE hype ma­chine has al­ready moved into over­drive for ris­ing singer-song­writer Clare Maguire. And the 23-year-old has been hailed as “the voice of 2011”. “I found that funny be­cause I am so ob­vi­ously not the voice of 2011,” said Claire, who will sup­port The Script at the Aberdeen Ex­hi­bi­tion and Con­fer­ence Cen­tre on Tues­day to pro­mote de­but al­bum Light Af­ter Dark. “De­spite all the re­cent at­ten­tion and hype I have never felt any pres­sure. I am just hav­ing fun. “All I want is to be a mu­si­cian who re­leases records and plays live. “This is what I have been dream­ing of since I was a lit­tle kid. “How can you pos­si­bly feel any pres­sure when your dream is com­ing true?” Clare’s grow­ing fan­base in­cludes rap le­gend Jay-Z and Mike Skin­ner of The Streets, whose re­cent al­bum she sings on. For­mer Pulp singer Jarvis Cocker, pic­tured, was so im­pressed with Clare he of­fered her one of his songs to record. “To have peo­ple who I have looked up to say they like my work is out of this world,” she said. “It was sur­real meet­ing Jay-Z as I was ob­sessed with the Black Al­bum. “I lis­tened to it vir­tu­ally ev­ery day for years. “To be in the same room as some­one who has cre­ated some­thing that you think is ge­nius was ab­so­lutely crazy. “I re­cently sup­ported Plan B on his tour and he was in­cred­i­bly in­spir­ing. “He gave me some great ad­vice and told me to be true to my­self and my own sound. That is ad­vice I aim to stick by.” Pro­duced by Fraser T Smith, who has over­seen hits by Adele and Kylie Minogue, Clare’s de­but al­bum en­tered the charts at num­ber seven. The al­bum was the re­al­i­sa­tion of a pro­longed record­ing process. And now she is ready to un­veil her new ma­te­rial in Aberdeen. “The al­bum was four years in the mak­ing,” she said. “It was in­evitable that there would be frus­tra­tion at it tak­ing so long. “But I wanted the record to be as hon­est as pos­si­ble and I am happy that I took my time over the record­ing. “I have played in Aberdeen a few times and have loved it there ev­ery time. “On my pre­vi­ous tour, the shows in Scot­land sold the most tick­ets. “I seem to have a real con­nec­tion with Scot­tish fans as they just love to have a good time. “It is im­por­tant to have fun at a gig and that is what I will de­liver in Aberdeen.”

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