"I Wonder If I'll Miss You When You're Dead"


"Georgia Boy"

"Twelve Little Red Heartaches"

"Big Country"

Claudia Nygaard’s captivating storytelling overflows from her songwriting into her live performance. With a voice like amber honey, and a twinkle in her eye that makes the entire audience feel she is sharing a secret with them alone, she takes them on an emotionally fearless journey with stories that expose a rare vulnerability and tenderness one moment, then a quick wit and an outlandish, irreverant sense of humor the next. Her songs move from heartfelt to humorous and from scrappy to sensual, and all the while the stories she tells in between them are as entertaining as the songs themselves.

A former Nashville Music Row staff songwriter and a winner of numerous awards including the Kerrville, TX Folk Festival songwriting competition, Nygaard has learned her craft well.  Her latest CD “Let The Storm Roll In” rose to the coveted #1 position on the Cashbox Roots Country Chart and #8 on the Folk DJ Chart - with every one of her self-penned compositions receiving airplay. The album received glowing reviews from the press that included five stars from Americana benchmark “Maverick” magazine. The legendary Folk music magazine “Sing Out” claimed her songs “rival the likes of Guy Clark or Ian Tyson”. (See "reviews" below)

Claudia performs solo, as a duo with highly acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Moe Dixon (guitar, uke, banjo, doboro, and cello), and as a trio (adding upright bass) for larger venues. She is also part of the hilarious package show "Funny Folk" available for larger venues and performing arts centers.

Claudia Nygaard has performed at over 200 fairs and festivals in the United States and 9 foreign countries. Endorsements from merchandisers attest to her strength as a guitarist, and she was chosen one of the Emerging Artists of 2009 by the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.


"Stunning - What a find this is...  The whole disc is a sheer delight and a far cry from the mainly faux country material coming out of Nashville these days... this is exceptionally good."  *****Five stars!  Maverick Magazine

“Claudia Nygaard’s music invitingly straddles the fence between country and folk with a band sound that is decidedly unplugged and artfully laid-back in support of her sensually lyrical alto. 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.”   Sing Out Magazine

"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." No Depression

“Nothing short of amazing… Comprised of a dozen equally excellent tunes, “Let The Storm Roll In” reveals Nygaard to be one of Americana music’s hidden gems.”  In Tune, The Daily News

"One of the finest singer/songwriter/storyteller collections in recent memory... 'His Left Side' is utterly brilliant." Wildy's World


“Claudia has a talent for finding in a simple phrase the most excellent songs, where anyone else might hear nothing. I am continually amazed by the emotions she can evoke; heart wrenching I cry every time, to a social statement which could be a call to action or at least some inner searching, to sexy and funny that leaves everyone in the room delightfully joyfully heated. She is a pleasure to work with and gives her best every time. Always delighted to have her at Kerrville!” Dalis Allen, Producer of the Kerrville Folk Festival, Kerrville, TX

"Claudia graced our audience with a fabulous show! Her songs were witty, well-written, and performed like the pro she is. Several of her songs made us cry, and several made us laugh until tears fell. I highly recommend Claudia for a concert - you, and your audience, won't be sorry!" Blair Larsen, Bridger Folk Society, Logan, UT

"Claudia was a smash hit with our audience.  Her songs, her stories, her charming wit, and her engaging personality combined to provide all of us with a wonderful evening of entertainment. We are definitely looking forward to her return to our stage in the not-too-distant future."  Kelson Slayman "Folk at the Cannery", Dataw Island, SC

"We just hosted Claudia Nygaard at the Landings.  The response by my audience was very positive.  A number of folks approached me after the show and said they thought she was the best performer to appear  in our series to date. That is really saying something!" Herb Goslin, Folk At The Landings, Savannah, GA

"I have been hosting concerts for 40 years and house concerts for the last twelve.  I would have to say that Claudia Nygaard's house concert was one of the most personal and engaging of the audience that I have ever seen. She had them from the get-go to the encore." Paul Barker, Barker House Concerts, Austin, TX 

"Claudia Nygaard writes from the heart and sings with personal emotion. She bares her soul to her audience and brings us inside." - Jill Padua & Pat Salt, RiverFolk Concerts, Narrowsburg, NY

I produced a series of House Concerts at Buntyn Presbyterian Church; Claudia was far & away the concert-crowd's favorite artist.  Don Boles, Memphis, TN

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Let The Storm Roll In CD Cover

Longer Storm Photo

Storm Headshot

Landscaped Headshot

Tucson Headshot

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Photo by Bob Block
Photo by Bob Block
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With Mic

No Mic

This shot also available in Black & White (see below)

Tree headshot

Tree 8x10

Photo by Brenda Ladd
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Photo by Bob Block
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Somewhere Else To Go


Longer Storm back cover

Photo by Anastasia Kontos
Photo by Bob Block
Photo by Bob Block
Photo by Bob Block