Clare Maguire

5th place for the Birmingham singer

Clare Maguire has been announced as 5th place in the Sound of 2011.

This Birmingham chanteuse has kept her early fans waiting patiently before stepping into the limelight. Signed two years ago after a stream of impressive online demos, the singer has been hidden away since 2008 working on debut album Light After Dark.

Maguire has dreamt of a career in music since the age of seven. It wasn't until a teacher encouraged her to give up the dream at 17 that the Sister Rosetta Tharpe influenced singer found the motivation to quit school and go after her goals full-time. Demos on MySpace and Last FM soon showcased Maguire's impressive voice to a host of enthusiastic labels, and the Midlands girl flew stateside for meetings with Rick Rubin and shots with Jay-Z before finally settling on a deal with Universal.

The label carefully managed the hype around their new starlet, hiding Maguire away with Cee-Lo, Kylie and Adele producer Fraser T. Smith to work on Light After Dark. Recent months have seen the singer emerge from this process, touring with Sound of 2006 singer Plan B and Sound of 2010 group Hurts on the eve of her debut single release Ain't Nobody. 2011 is sure to be a momentous year for the 22 year old.

Articles and Features More on this artist

  • BBC Sound of 2011: Clare Maguire

    Read the full article 03/01/11

    "At number five, big-voiced singer-songwriter Clare Maguire is the first act to be revealed from the Sound of 2011 top five..."

  • Newsbeat Introducing

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    "Brought up in the surroundings of a musical family in Birmingham, she began singing and writing music from the age of 7..."

  • Guardian New Band Of The Day (No 647)

    Read the full article 13/10/09

    "This big-voiced belter from Birmingham doesn't need X Factor to get her talent heard. Amy Winehouse, you have been warned..."

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    • 1. At 5:34pm on 27 Dec 2010, Dwayne wrote:

      This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

    • 2. At 2:02pm on 03 Jan 2011, jasonaparkes wrote:

      Warpaint formed in 2011 and released various singles and e.p.'s in 2009 and their debut LP in 2010. How are they the sound of 2011? Surprised Killing Joke didn't get a nomination based on that logic...

      As with Everything Everything last year, nominees have been around for a few years. Esben & the Witch released singles in 2009 and 2010 - so is their inclusion just marketing as they have a long-player out soon?

      I dislike this award as it just seems to be another form of marketing by the industry and compliant journalists/DJ's who are one step from working in p.r...

      Whether the artists are any good is a different question - previous winners being Ellie Goulding, Little Boots, Corrine Bailey Rae indicate that is not very likely. I find it hilarious that everyone is told what the Sound of 2011 will be and goes out and compliantly buys what is cool.

      I can let you know the Sound of 2011 - in December of this year at the following location:

      http://www.flashlightmusic.co.uk/editorial/article/flashlight-best-albums-of-2010-30-to-21.html

      But what do I know ? - I only spend thousands a year on albums...

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    • 3. At 2:05pm on 03 Jan 2011, jasonaparkes wrote:

      & when were the killers of Top of the Pops - Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates ever "music critics"?

      Good to see Paul Lester nominated Esben and the Witch...who he wrote about in the Guardian in 2009 !!

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    • 4. At 12:02pm on 05 Jan 2011, peter howard wrote:

      this is a great list, however the sound of 2011 must include Simon Williams, the 20 year old from London.

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    • 5. At 2:33pm on 05 Jan 2011, TJN wrote:

      I was partial to a bit of Simple Minds and that's exactly what the above track reminds me of…However it's the late 80s version SM. Not bad though.

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    • 6. At 1:16pm on 06 Jan 2011, What barn door wrote:

      Just working my way through the list (4 down) and so far this is the only artist that has caught my eye. I don't think the music is entirely new or out of the world original, but I have played this tune twice now - and will probably give it another spin.

      I am going to keep tabs on Clare and will be interested to hear the album.

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    • 7. At 12:42pm on 15 Jan 2011, barry jones wrote:

      luvin clare maquire,already preordered the album from amazon :-)

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