When Claudia Nygaard’s last CD “Let The Storm Roll In” was reviewed by Jeffrey Sisk, (In Tune, The Daily News - PA), he said “Claudia Nygaard is one of Americana music’s hidden gems”. 

Well she's not so hidden now. Nygaard’s latest release not only climbed to the #8 spot on the Folk DJ chart, it stayed on that chart for four months. It also cross-platformed to #26 on the Cashbox Roots Music Americana Chart, and nabbed the coveted #1 spot on the Roots Music Country Chart.  EVERY song on the CD received airplay, and the popular cut "Big Country" was added to the in-flight playlist of Lufthansa Airlines. Claudia is making new fans among listeners from California to Maine, but her new fans aren’t just listeners.  They include the Disc Jockeys themselves…  

“Let the Storm Roll In has all the polish you'd expect from a talented musician who's worked with the best in Nashville.  But instead of some commercial store-bought pre-packaged sound - listening to it is more like getting a whiff of a fresh baked, home made pie that Claudia set out on the window sill for all the neighbors to smell.” Butch Kara, KZGM/Kaleidoscope, Cabool, MO

“Your CD just blew me away----both lyrically (what great stories so well told) and melodically.”  Bill Hahn WFDU, Bergenfield, NJ

"I was particularly moved by the sensitive portrait of innocence and reminiscence, 'J.C.'--with its moving lyrics, captivating melody, and a hint of the politics of the times.  Claudia captured it all."  Wanda Fischer WAMC, Albany, NY

The validation has been long overdue. Starting out a singer in noisy bars and restaurants, Nygaard has definately paid her dues. But she learned how to engage the attention of an audience in those clubs, and later when she made her living on the county fair circuit she polished that skill into an art. Competing against generators and mainstage acts with huge sound systems, she learned to rely on her quick wit to keep the audience interested, and she became a captivating storyteller who has been aptly described as "Will Rogers without the rope". She has performed at over 150 fairs and festivals in 47 states and across Europe, and two years ago was chosen one of the Emerging Artists at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in New York. 

Her skill as a guitarist earned Claudia a Tacoma Guitars endorsement, as well as an endorsement from Intellitouch Guitar Tuners. Her voice, compared to “amber honey” by DJ Rich Warren of Chicago, has been praised on both sides of the Atlantic: "How warm and sensual her voice can sound..." Blowfish (Yvo Zels) Rootstime.be (Belgium)

Claudia's Career Highlights..


  • "Let The Storm Roll In" gets 5 stars from Maverick Magazine - 10/11

  • "Let The Storm Roll In" stays on the Folk DJ chart for four months - 9/11

  • Every song on "Let The Storm Roll In" gets played on the radio - 8/11

  • "Let The Storm Roll In" charts at #13 on the Folk DJ Chart, with "Big Country charting at #8 - 7/11

  • "Let The Storm Roll In" charts at #1 on Roots Music Country Chart 7/11

  • "Let The Storm Roll In" charts at # 26 on the Cashbox Roots Music Americana chart - 7/11

  • "Let The Storm Roll In" takes #89 on the Folk DJ Top 100 CDs of 2011 year end chart! - 1/1/12

  • "Let The Storm Roll In" added to Lufthansa Airlines in-flight Playlist - 11/11

2011 - "His Left Side" chosen for "Best of Folkstage"
(WFMT Radio) Compilation CD

2009 - Claudia chosen Emerging Artist at
Falcon Ridge Folk Festival

2004 - "New Folk" Song Competition winner at
Kerrville Folk Festival, Kerrville, TX

2001 - "Somewhere Else To Go" chosen top 12
recording of the year by Country Music Roundup
Magazine in the UK.

2001 - "Somewhere Else To Go" charts at #4
on EMS chart

1990s - Claudia hired as a Staff Songwriter at
Greenwood Music on Music Row

Nygaard’s voice alone could have provided her with a successful music career, but the slash between singer/songwriter is a very thin line when describing Claudia Nygaard.  After her years in the bars and riding the corn dog trail, she made the move to Nashville, and landed a job as a staff songwriter for Greenwood Music on Music Row. The job allowed her to focus on the craft of songwriting, and she learned it well. So well, her writing has won her numerous awards including the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival Songwriting Competition “New Folk”. Reviewers are quick to praise her voice, but it is the songwriting that has everyone raving about the record.

"The immigration saga that accompanies “Big Country” and the naiveté of youth recalled in “J.C.” are relayed from both a tender and touching perspective. Yet Nygaard’s also got a scrappy side to her as well. Her sympathetic homage to Miss Kitty of TV’s “Gunsmoke” fame is absolutely hilarious and her plea to a reticent lover in the song simply titled “Say It” conveys both desperation and desire without resorting to self-pity. Nygaard is a knowing soul and Let The Storm Roll In offers a torrent of wisdom and reflection."  Lee Zimmerman, No Depression

“In her throw-back-to-the-50s, rich-toned alto, the artist tells story after honest story, making listeners chuckle, choke back tears, and sometimes just nod their heads while her well-crafted pieces wash over them.”  Janet Goodman, Music News Nashville

"One of the finest singer/songwriter/storyteller collections in recent memory." Wildy Haskell, Wildy's World

And then, there’s the matter of her songs-- that rival the likes of Guy Clark or Ian Tyson in their plainspoken, memoir-like quality, rich with personalized images and a resonant point-of-view.”
Gary Von Tersch, Sing Out Magazine




Country Music Round-up Magazine chose "Somewhere Else To Go" as one of the top 12 recordings of the year for 2001. The magazine also chose Claudia for the cover and feature interview of the December issue.

The CD received critical praise and extensive airplay overseas. Distributed by European record label Round Tower Music, the first single “I’ve Already Seen This Movie” climbed to the #4 position on the European Media Services chart. It was also chosen the #1 Song Of The Summer by the Country Roads Radio Show in Marseilles, France, and the song “What Her Girlfriends Say”, climbed to the #9 position in Spain. It received wonderful reviews, both in North America and European music magazines that included Country Music Roundup, Country Music International, and Southern Country.