Claudia Nygaard delivers songs that are heartfelt, humorous, scrappy, and sensual, and so are the stories she tells in between them. With a twinkle in her eye that makes everyone in the audience think she is sharing a secret with them alone, she fearlessly exposes a rare vulnerability and tenderness one moment, then a quick wit and an outlandish, irreverent sense of humor the next. Her music straddles the fence between folk and country, and is delivered by a voice that DJ Rich Warren of WFMT in Chicago has called "amber honey" . It is impressive for both its power and intimacy.
What The Venues Say...
“I am continually amazed by the emotions she can evoke; heart wrenching (I cry every time), to a social statement ... to sexy and funny ... Always delighted to have her at Kerrville.” Dalis Allen, Kerrville Folk Festival, Kerrville, TX.
“Claudia is a witty, talented songwriter and also an engaging performer. The audiences loved her and I would be thrilled to have her grace our stage again.” Ruth Condon, Cotuit Center For the Arts, and Wellfleet Preservation Hall, Cape Cod, MA
“Few solo artists can capture a festival crowd and instantly turn them into an attentive audience. Claudia Nygaard is one such singer/songwriter. Her songs range from heartwarming to whimsical, and are woven into an engaging performance hard to match (or equal)”.
Tom Barrett, Black Hawk Folk Festival, Wautoma, WI
“The Old Sloop Coffeehouse audience loved Claudia Nygaard. Her heartfelt songwriting and engaging stories moved the audience from laughter to tears.” Celene and Geof Lyon,
Old Sloop Coffeehouse, Rockport, MA
“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
Nygaard is an award winning songwriter, who learned her craft well as a salaried writer on Nashville’s Music Row. Her last CD “Let The Storm Roll In” rose to #1 on the Cashbox Roots/Country chart and #8 on the Folk DJ chart with EVERY song receiving airplay. Two of the songs on the album - "J.C." and "Georgia Boy", won the Kerrville Folk Festival Songwriting Competition and she is about to release a new album "Lucky Girl" whose title cut recently won the Tumbleweed Music Festival song competition. “Storm” was also highly praised by the press. It received five stars from Americana benchmark “Maverick” magazine, and legendary folk music magazine “Sing Out” claimed the songs “rival the likes of Guy Clark or Ian Tyson”.
Claudia performs solo, or as a duo or trio for larger venues and festivals. Dragging along a Tacoma Jumbo acoustic guitar, an Eastman hollow body archtop electric, and her tiny but bravado-drenched Lanakai ukulele, she has torn up the highways of all 50 states and nine foreign countries. She built a loyal following in the process that recently supported a highly successful kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. Thanks to her fans this road warrior was able to hire Grammy nominated Neilson Hubbard to produce her newest release, set to drop early this summer. She is an emotionally fearless writer, and the songs on the new album range from the sensual and seductive “Tumblin Down” and “A Little Bit Embarrassed” to the heartbroken “Like A Moth” and “Oklahoma”, to the anger and ache of “Me Too” and “I Wonder”, and the scrappy “Ol’ Buick”, and “The Codependent's National Anthem".
Check out Claudia's Other Shows...
SONGWRITING: "So you think that song is finished?"
A former Nashville Music Row staff songwriter, and a winner of many songwriting awards including the Kerrville Folk Festival Songwriting Competition, Claudia's workshop offers a checklist to make sure your song has no "holes". She offers individual critiques, and the tools to write the best song you can write, every time you write a song.
BEGINNING SONGWRITING: "It's not poetry!"
Whether you are a teenager or a retiree it's not too late to learn the fundamentals of writing a good song. This workshop focuses on the craft of writing, where to find inspiration, and how to critique yourself.
LIVE PERFORMANCE: “Get brave or go home”
Giving it all you've got EVERY time, and how to get out of the way when your ego and fears gang upon you. The psychology of performance, the care and feeding of your inner performer, stage presence and what to I do with your two left feet, plus individual coaching as time allows.