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Claudia Nygaard

When Jeffrey Sisk of In Tune, The Daily News” (PA) reviewed Claudia Nygaard’s new CD “Let The Storm Roll In” early last summer, he said “Claudia Nygaard is one of Americana music’s hidden gems”. Well she’s a lot less hidden now. This past summer has seen Nygaard’s new release not only climb to the #13 spot on the Folk DJ chart, but cross-platform to #26 on the Cashbox Roots Music Americana Chart, and #1 on the Roots Music Country Chart as well. And her new fans aren’t just listeners. They include the Disc Jockeys themselves…

“Let the Storm Roll In has all the polish you'd expect from a talented musician who's worked with the best in Nashville. But instead of some commercial store-bought pre-packaged sound - listening to it is more like getting a whiff of a fresh baked, home made pie that Claudia set out on the window sill for all the neighbors to smell.” Butch Kara, KZGM/Kaleidoscope, Cabool, MO

“Your CD just blew me away----both lyrically (what great stories so well told) and melodically.” Bill Hahn WFDU, Bergenfield, NJ

"I was particularly moved by the sensitive portrait of innocence and reminiscence, 'J.C.'--with its moving lyrics, captivating melody, and a hint of the politics of the times. Claudia captured it all." Wanda Fischer WAMC, Albany, NY

A born storyteller, Claudia introduces her songs to an audience as though she is spinning a tale on their back porch swing. With her quick wit and a fearless emotional availability, she creates an affable connection with the listener that has led reviewers to describe her as “Will Rogers without the Rope”. She has performed at over 150 fairs and festivals in 47 states and across Europe, and two years ago was chosen one of the Emerging Artists at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in New York. Her skill as a guitarist has earned her a Tacoma Guitars endorsement, as well as endorsements for strings and tuners. Her voice, described as “amber honey” by DJ Rich Warren of Chicago, has been praised for its warmth and sensuality on both sides of the Atlantic.

Nygaard’s voice alone could have provided her with a successful singing career, but the slash between singer/songwriter is a very thin line when describing Claudia Nygaard. During the time she spent as a staff songwriter on Music Row in Nashville, she learned her craft well. So well, her writing has won her numerous awards including the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival Songwriting Competition “New Folk”. Further testifying to her writing skills, she has managed to create an album from which EVERY song has received airplay. Reviewers are quick to praise her voice, but it is the songwriting that has everyone raving about the record.

“In her throw-back-to-the-50s, rich-toned alto, the artist tells story after honest story, making listeners chuckle, choke back tears, and sometimes just nod their heads while her well-crafted pieces wash over them.” Janet Goodman, Music News Nashville

"One of the finest singer/songwriter/storyteller collections in recent memory."--Wildy Haskell, Wildy's World

“Albums like this
are timeless and rich and meant to be enjoyed with eyes closed and a willingness to lose
yourself….” Ellen Marie Hawkins, Relate Magazine.

Five stars out of Five stars. Maverick Magazine, UK


Nygaard’s last recording “Somewhere Else To Go” was not released in the states, but it did receive critical praise and extensive airplay overseas. Released by European record label Round Tower Music, the first single “I’ve Already Seen This Movie” climbed to the #4 position on the EMS (European Media Services) chart. It was also chosen the #1 Song Of The Summer by the Country Roads Radio Show in Marseilles, France. The follow up single “I Don’t Need A Man, (I just Want One)” went to #11 on the EMS chart, while yet another song from the CD “What Her Girlfriends Say”, climbed to the #9 position in Spain. The CD has also gathered wonderful reviews, both in North America and in several European music magazines including Country Music International, Southern Country, and Country Music Roundup, which chose the CD as one of the top 12 albums of the year in 2001.

The daughter of a California rancher, Claudia Nygaard grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, but spent her weekends helping her dad run cattle in the San Joaquin valley. She picked up the guitar in High school. She also sang with the high school dance band, in the chorus, and in various musicals. After high school, she landed a job as a weather reporter on television station KNTV in San Jose, and worked her way through college at San Jose State University. A few years later she formed a trio with the late Chuck McCabe, and along with “Tom the Harp” on bass and harmonica, they performed in local clubs and eventually toured the country playing resort areas.

After three years in that trio, Claudia moved to Los Angeles where she won a talent show at the famous country music emporium “The Palomino”. She and her band became well known in Southern California, winning honors two years in a row as one of the hottest bands in town in the Music Connection Magazine “Pick of the Players Poll”. During this time she also became a favorite entertainer on the fair circuit. She performed all over North America, opening 14,000 seat venues for artists like Glen Campbell, Marty Stuart, John Michael Montgomery, John Anderson, and Marshall Tucker. It was during her years in L.A. that she really fell in love with songwriting, and began winning awards for it from the Los Angeles Songwriter’s Showcase, and for both her singing and songwriting from the Music City Song Festival. Several Los Angeles music publishers suggested Nashville might be a better fit, so she sold what she couldn’t squeeze into a 5X8 u-haul and headed east.

Landing in Nashville, Claudia took a hodgepodge of jobs that included a graveyard shift at a convenience store, until she eventually signed a staff songwriting contract with Greenwood Music. Personnel changes in the company left her unhappy with her new song plugger, so she bought her way out of her contract and got back out on the highway. Now with her big jumbo Tacoma JK-50 acoustic, and her little tenor ukulele, she’s tearing up the asphalt from coast to coast. She says “the better you get at something, the more fun it is”. She’s having the time of her life.