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

Western Arts Alliance, Los Angeles, CA

"Coyote"

Concerts on the Cumberland, Nashville, TN

"La Petite Mort"

Vail Theatre of the Arts, Tucson, AZ

ABOUT CLAUDIA:

Straddling the fence between folk and country, with a voice like amber honey that is impressive for both its power and intimacy, Claudia Nygaard delivers songs that are heartfelt, humorous, scrappy, and sensual. And so are the stories in between them. She is a captivating storyteller, with a twinkle in her eye that makes everyone in the audience think she is sharing a secret with them alone. Emotionally fearless, she shares her deepest sorrows with a rare vulnerability and tenderness one moment, then a quick wit and an outlandish, irreverent sense of humor the next.

As a salaried staff songwriter on Nashville’s Music Row, Nygaard learned her craft well. Her latest CD “Let The Storm Roll In” rose to #1 on the Cashbox Roots/Country chart and #8 on the Folk DJ chart. Two of the songs, “Georgia Boy” and “J.C.” won the Kerrville, TX Folk Festival “New Folk” songwriting competition for her, but they weren’t the only songs that radio took a liking to. EVERY song on the album received airplay. “Storm” was also highly praised by the press. It received five stars from Americana benchmark magazine “Maverick”, and legendary folk music magazine “Sing Out” claimed the songs “rival the likes of Guy Clark or Ian Tyson”.

Claudia tours tirelessly, and has torn up the highways of all 50 states and performed in 9 foreign countries. She has appeared at over 200 fairs & festivals, including the Kerrville Folk Festival and the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in New York where she was chosen an “Emerging Artist” in 2009. Endorsements from merchandisers attest to her strength as a guitarist, and she accompanies herself in performance with a Tacoma JK50 Jumbo guitar, an Eastman 605CE hollow body archtop, and her tiny but bravado-drenched Lanakai ukulele.

Nygaard performs solo, with multi-instrumentalist Moe Dixon as “Nygaard-Dixon Line”, and in the package show "Funny Folk", featuring some of the most hilarious comedic songwriters on the scene today: Cheryl Wheeler, Eric Schwartz, Cosy Sheridan, and Lois Morton. She is currently writing a children’s musical, and working on a new CD for release for 2016.

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REVIEWS:

"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

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WHAT THE VENUES SAY:

"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.  Always delighted to have her at Kerrville."   Dalis Allen, Kerrville Folk Festival, Kerrville, TX.

“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.”   Kelson Slayman “Folk at the Cannery”, Dataw Island, SC

"Claudia Nygaard is a stunning singer/songwriter who is just as adept at telling a story as she is at singing a song. With her warmth and wit she has a way of connecting with the audience as few performers do, relating to each person in the room as if she's singing or talking directly to them. The lyrics to her original songs are often autobiographical and can be humorous (I Wonder if I'll Miss Y ou When You're Dead) or deeply poignant (His Left Side), sung with her rich and nuanced alto." Valerie Birk – Edgar’s Coffee House , Chicago, IL

“Your innovative style is unmatched, and you left 8,000 fans hungry for more.”   Danny Rasberry, South Mississippi Fair, Laurel, M S

“The Old Sloop Coffeehouse audience loved Claudia Nygaard.  Her heartfelt songwriting and engaging stories moved the audience from laughter to tears.  Her experience and skill make her a pleasure to work with.  She made new fans among both the audience and the volunteers who are looking forward to her return.” Celene and Geof Lyon, Old Sloop Coffeehouse

"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

"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

I have been hosting concerts for 40 years... and 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 

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Nygaard-Dixon Line

Photo by Larry Mickartz
Photo by Larry Mickartz
Photo by Larry Mickartz
Photo by Larry Mickartz
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Storm Headshot

Poster


Let The Storm Roll In CD Cover


Longer Storm Photo
Photo by Bob Block
Photo by Bob Block
Photo by Bob Block
Photo by Bob Block
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No Mic


With Mic


Black & White

Photo by Anastasia Kontos
Photo by Brenda Ladd
Photo by Brenda Ladd
Photo by Brenda Ladd