A couple years ago Claudia Nygaard ran into her hero John Prine outside a movie theater in Nashville, Tennessee. Prine generously stopped for a short conversation and asked her how her career was going. “I’m not playing rooms the size you are” she replied, “but I’m making a living singing my own songs.” “Well then”, he said, “you are a big success aren’t you?” “Yes” she replied. “I’m a very LUCKY GIRL!” Later that night, reflecting on their conversation, Nygaard penned a song that last fall lived up to it’s title when it won the Tumbleweed Music Festival Songwriting Competition. That song is now the title cut of her new album “Lucky Girl”. It's an album that is receiving lavish praise from the press, and was just included in the "Best albums of 2019" list put out by "Making A Scene" magazine.
Grammy nominated Neilson Hubbard produced the project, and he created the perfect soundtrack for Claudia’s deeply emotive vocals and her intimate, raw, and fearless songwriting. Nygaard has won numerous awards for her writing, including the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival songwriting competition, and she cut her songwriting teeth as a salaried staff writer on Nashville’s music row. She has always chosen art over commerce however, and walked away from the row job when it began to restrict her creativity. That choice has allowed her the freedom to slice into stories like a surgeon with a fish knife – scraping off scales and pulling back the flesh to expose the bones. These aren’t just songs she has written, they are thirteen little movies. From the rollicking title cut “Lucky Girl”, to the defiant “Me Too”, the crushing disappointment of “The Hero”, and the steamy “Tumblin Down”, the songs are a roller coaster ride of human emotion. They are heartfelt, humorous, scrappy, and sensual little slices of Americana, and Claudia's amber honey voice delivers them sandwiched in between outlandish, quick witted, and irreverent monologues.
Claudia’s last 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. It also received glowing reviews from the press that included five stars from Americana music’s “Maverick” magazine. The legendary Folk music magazine “Sing Out” claimed the songs “rival the likes of Guy Clark or Ian Tyson”.
Nygaard's first album “Somewhere Else To Go”, released on the UK label “Round Tower”, charted in the top ten on the European Americana charts. It was also one of the top twelve records of the year in 2001 for the UK magazine Country Music Roundup.
Claudia Nygaard tours internationally, and has torn up the highways of all fifty United States and over a dozen foreign countries.