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

Western Arts Alliance, Los Angeles, CA


Concerts on the Cumberland, Nashville, TN

"La Petite Mort"

Vail Theatre of the Arts, Tucson, AZ

"Georgia Boy"

Western Arts Alliance, Los Angeles, CA

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.


"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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With Mic

No Mic

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Tree headshot

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Photo by Brenda Ladd
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Somewhere Else To Go


Longer Storm back cover

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