You may know Claire Guerreso from a few of TV’s most beloved hit series like Grey’s Anatomy or Pretty Little Liar’s in which her songs “Skipping Stones” and a cover of the 80s hit “Tainted Love” were featured. Additionally her song “Save Yourself” can be heard in the official movie trailer for “Mad Max – Fury Road”. Claire is a multi-talented singer-songwriter working herself up in Nashville’s indie pop scene. If you listen to her music closely, you’ll not only hear her incomparable voice, but furthermore get goose bumps from the deep meaning of her lyrics. Her song “Good Night” was recorded by Universal Recording Artist Billy Currington who released the song on his album “Summer Forever”.
To let you guys know more about Claire, we were able to ask her some questions!
Claire, thank you so much for taking the time to answer some of our questions. First, can you tell us a bit more about your connection to music. When did you start and did you always want to become a singer?
First, thank you for interviewing me and for showing interest in my music. To answer your question, from a young age I loved to sing and make up songs. I have always been happiest when I’m writing, singing, and performing. I haven’t always been a singer/songwriter for a career though. I went to university for Pre-Med and wanted to become a doctor… Then I signed my first publishing deal and I started writing and singing my first publishing deal and I started writing and singing professionally. I had odd jobs here and there before that but I worked hard and never gave up on my dream. Everyone comes from somewhere. I am thankful for having different experiences that lead me to where I am now 🙂
Do you have a favourite band or artist you can’t stop listening to?
I listen to all kinds of music. Right now I am a fan of Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran, Amy Winehouse, and Portishead but I grew up listening to artists like Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, and Stevie Wonder and still listen to them too. I am a music lover 🙂
What would you say makes music unique?
So many different things. Music is often a form of self expression and we are all so different as human beings. Each one of us is unique and therefore offers something special and unlike anyone else.
We firmly believe that a song that helped someone might be able to help someone else too. Do you have a specific song that helped you through a rough time?
Yes, I found encouragement and hope in Daniel Bedingfield’s “Gotta Get Thru This” when it came out in 2002. I’ll never forget that song and how by singing along to it I somehow got through the tough time I was in. The message of the song is accessible and simple… “I gotta get through this, I gotta get through this, I gotta make it, gonna make, gonna make it through…” and I did.
Do you see a connection between creativity and mental diseases?
Not necessarily. I believe that mental disease does not discriminate and can effect anyone, creative or not. I have had friends who struggle with depression and anxiety from all walks of life in all different professions.
The lyrics to your songs are deep. Where do you find your inspiration to write such truthful songs?
That’s a good question. I draw from past, present, and sometimes my projected future. I am a very visual person with a good imagination and a knack for description. That helps 🙂 We all have a story to tell. Some parts are deep, some are not. I just try to tell my story as honestly as I can.
A lot of people tend to say that music has saved their life. Do you believe yourself that music has the ability to save a life or does it need more?
A song can help someone get through an emotional or difficult time but if we are talking life or death, there needs to be more. When an individual has something like a chemical imbalance, they need to get professional assistance. Mental illness that challenges someone’s will to live is no joke and should be taken seriously. I think that a song can help a person find the strength and courage they need in order to ask for help which could save their life.
Is there anything you’d like to say to those who are struggling at the moment?
Yes, Don’t give up. Whatever you are going through now however terrible, painful, devastating, or dark, please remember tomorrow is another day. Things change, people change, situations change, life changes. That’s the beauty of it all. Don’t loose sight of the bigger picture and don’t give up on yourself. Ever.