Right Here, Right Now

Multicultural singer songwriter Kara Claudy 11B tours the southeast to launch her new album.
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Kara Claudy 11B, multicultural songstress

Russell Dreyer

Though she may have been a successful account manager for Proctor and Gamble’s health and beauty products, adult contemporary singer songwriter Kara Claudy 11B listened to the music within her – and took the leap from the corporate world to a career as an indie artist. Her album Right Here releases next week.

An accomplished performer since childhood, Claudy was enjoying a Vanessa Carlton concert at Terminal West when she started doing a bit of mental math. “What would it take for me to quit my job and become a singer songwriter full time?” she asked herself. “I’d never thought about singing as a profession.”

Kara Claudy

When she heard Carlton’s concert, something clicked. “I told myself if you want this life, you can make it happen,” she recalls. For the next two weeks, she immersed herself in writing a solid business plan. The following month, she left her full time career, took a part time position with an executive coach to defray expenses, and started gigging around town. She’s never looked back. “The Atlanta music community is very supportive.”

Going Solo

Claudy’s solo career is blossoming.  Critics liken her sound to Sarah McLachlan, Priscilla Ahn, and Michelle Branch. “I strive to keep it natural and not peg my music into a specific genre,” Claudy explains.  Focusing on building her fan base in the southeast, she performs in night clubs, at weddings, and at community venues. From her early roots in church performances, she enjoys connecting with her audience.

As a child, music was an important part of her life. Born in California, her Marine father’s career moved the family to Okinawa, Japan. “My mom is Korean, and she instilled in me the drive to practice and excel at piano and voice. Moving around also taught me about cultural differences. But what I always noticed was that music transcends. People connect through music even if they can’t communicate.”

Formally trained on both guitar and piano, Claudy now writes and performs commissioned songs for life events such as weddings and celebrations.  With her family’s full support and inspiration (her husband Joe is her number one fan and roadie), Claudy embarked on the journey to complete her first album. With professional support by Will Mitchell at When Will Productions, “We finished the master in December.”

Right Here is an extended play album that contains five original songs, including the title track.  The album drops May 5 and is available for pre-order. Catch her CD release party on Saturday, May 9 at 7:00 p.m. at Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA.

Editor’s Note:  Stay in touch – Twitter: @karaclaudy
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kara.claudy
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/kkclaudy/videos
Google+: https://plus.google.com/100221224309893544546/posts.

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