Talented, charming, and unbelievably down-to-earth, itâ€™s no surprise that L.A.-based musicianÂ Clara C has drawn a fiercely loyal following. When we went to her live show inNew York City on November 12th, it was easy to see why.
Taking over the famousÂ Highline Ballroom,Â Clara Câ€™s final show for herÂ â€˜Shakin Off Silenceâ€˜ tourÂ felt more like a warm jam session with friends, as Clara C and her guestsÂ New HeightsÂ andÂ Marie â€œMreeâ€ HsiaoÂ worked together to make it a night dedicated to music and laughter.
Marie â€œMreeâ€ Hsiao, a budding artist whoâ€™s starting to gain a following of her own on YouTube, opened the show with a live acoustic performance that cast a spell over the audience. Her husky, pure voice was delivered with a control that made it hard to believe that she was 18 years old.
New HeightsÂ soon followed with a high energy setlist comprised of their biggest tracks likeÂ â€œPeachesâ€,Â â€œSomedayâ€,Â â€œCloserâ€, andÂ â€œTake Me Onâ€. On their last song, lead vocalistÂ Travis GrahamÂ surprised everyone by stepping off stage and walking through the crowd, connecting directly with audience members for a big statement finale.
Soon, the leading lady of the night came out to kick off her show, which featured a mix of popular tracks from her first album, â€˜Art in My Heartâ€˜, as well as selections from her upcoming release.
Clara filled the room with her soulful voice for an a cappella beginning toÂ â€œOffbeatâ€, followed by an acoustic cover that had the entire crowd singing along at the chorus. She then happily jammed away toâ€œThe Camel Songâ€Â andÂ â€œHeartstringsâ€, before pouring her voice into a heartwarming cover ofâ€œEventuallyâ€.
On top of performing her original songs, Clara delighted the crowd with a few special covers, including herÂ viral renditionÂ ofÂ Far*East Movementâ€˜sÂ â€œRocketeerâ€.Â The singer-songwriter also exhibited her wide array of musical expertise, as she performed the melodica, kazoo, and other quirky instruments on top of the guitar and keyboard.
After collaborating withÂ Travis GrahamÂ on â€œWake Up in Neverlandâ€œ,Â Clara ended the show with a yet-to-be-released track calledÂ â€œFishâ€, her â€œultimate love songâ€ about the search to finding oneâ€™s soulmate â€” that is, his/her special fish in the sea. Clara Câ€™s warm personality combined with the venueâ€™s cozy intimacy drew the audience in, so that it felt like she was talking and singing to you, not as a performer, but a familiar friend.Â Between tracks, Clara introduced the audience to her manager, the band, and other staff members, while easily sharing stories she had picked up from the tour. Even midway through a few songs, sheâ€™d occasionally burst out laughing and thanked the audience for their vocal support.
Clara Câ€™s concert in NYC held no pretensions or grandiose gimmicks to match the flashy stereotypes of a continental tour â€“Â she brought herself and herÂ love for music, and everyone there could feel her genuine joy. Attendees were overheard saying, â€œSheâ€™s gonna charm the hell out of Southeast AsiaÂ and Australia,â€ and after experiencing that night with them, we could only agree.