Dubbed as having a vocal register similar to Adele (GAFFA) and for having a ‘Powerful and killer voice’ from Lzzy Hale (Halestorm) and Phil Campbell (Motörhead) it’s no wonder Clare Cunningham is making waves across the world with her music. Steve Cropper (Blues Brothers) who features on Clare's latest single 'Heart of Mine' has said ' Clare has such a tremendous voice. She makes me want to play because she sings with passion and feeling.'
Cunningham, who was raised in Collon, Co. Louth, the smallest village in Ireland, had a flare for music and singing from a very young age. At just 5 she exclaimed ‘I want to be a rock star when I grow up’ and she did just that! By the time Cunningham turned 6 she started learning classical piano playing Mozart by the age of 8 and continued to do so for the following 10 years until she picked
up the guitar and self taught at the age of 16. This was the start of her budding song-writing career, she was highly praised by Irelands own singer songwriter ‘Juliet Turner’ and spent the week at a song-writing camp hosted by Turner herself. She saw the natural talent Cunningham possessed for writing and told her this was most definitely the path she needed to embark on.
Cunningham took Turner’s advice and moved to Dublin after high school where she secured a national diploma in Popular Music performance and technology.
With this at hand she then headed overseas and studied at the ‘London College of music’ (Vocal Tech) where Cunningham had her first TV appearance on ‘Sky TV’ singing one of her own penned songs.
Graduating with a BA Hon’s Degree in Music Performance and Technology, Cunningham moved to Cardiff, Wales UK where she started up her own business and become a professional singer. She created a 70’s classic rock line up called ‘Smokin Aces’, who were both a covers and originals band and were very popular all across the country.
It was thanks to ‘Smokin Aces’ and Cunningham’s decision to put up some material onto YouTube which landed her the position of lead singer for the very successful Swedish all female rock quintet ‘Thundermother’. The five hard-core rock chicks had major success in the rock charts and landed a signing with ‘Warner Music’ Sweden for their first album ‘Rock n Roll Disaster.’ A signing with ‘Despotz Records’ (Sweden) then followed the release of their second album ‘Road Fever’ gaining support from artists such as ‘Mötorhead, Airbourne, D.A.D, Zakk Wylde, Halestorm, Michael Monroe, In Flames, Opeth, Danko Jones and many more, touring all over Europe and playing some of the biggest European festivals including ‘Sweden Rock Festival’, ‘Bravalla’, ‘Alcatraz’, ‘Getaway Rock Festival’ and many more. Cunningham decided to leave Thundermother in January 2017 and is now putting all her focus on her solo career.
Cunningham released her self -titled debut solo EP in November 2016, with ‘Low Medium High Records’ selling copies all over the world and is just a taste of what Cunningham can do. She isn’t afraid to tell the truth, get raw and use the spirits of country, folk and rock when it serves her greater purpose.
Clare now resides in the USA (Nashville predominantly) where she is taking it by storm having already played at 'The Nantucket Project' (2018) and at world renowned 'Sundance film Festival' (2019)
She had a song placement in a Lionsgate movie (Bernie the Dolphin 2) in December 2019. January 2020, she signed with Symphonic Distribution, distributing all her material through them.
Clare recorded her first project in the states at iconic RCA studios, on Music Row, Nashville, TN, 2020. The band on the recording consist of Audley Freed on Guitar (Sheryl Crowe, Dixie Chicks, Black Crowe’s, Joe Perry) Steve Mackey on bass (Garth Brooke’s, Dolly Parton) and Jared Kneele on drums (Lauren Daigle, Kacey Musgraves) The first single off the project ‘Heart Of Mine’ was released July 3rd 2020, featuring special guest ‘Steve Cropper’ on guitar. Clare is now in the middle of recording her Celtic EP, also at RCA studios with Eddie and Justyna Productions, where Cropper has helped on production of ‘Eireann i mo chroi’.
To date, Clare’s achievements include :
‘Aint your momma’ (title of album and song Clare co-wrote with Rhonda Funk) was up for consideration for a nomination for the Grammys 2021 in October 2020
‘Best Alternative Song’ for ‘Carry Me’ (World Songwriting Awards, spring 2020)
'Best Pop Song' for 'Heart Of Mine' (World Songwriting Awards, summer 2020)
‘Songwriter of the year’ (silver) at the International Singer Songwriter Awards (ISSA)
‘Folk Americana artist of the Year’ (Josie awards 2020)
‘Folk Americana song of the year' for ‘Angel of the Emerald Isle (Josie awards 2020)
Finalist and honorable mention in the 2020 ISC (International songwriting competition) for “Éireann i mo chroí” performance category
Nominated in 6 categories at the 2021 ISSA awards
Finalist at the 'World Songwriting awards winter 2021' with 'Watercolor World'
Finalist in 6 categories at the 2021 ISSA awards