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

    Read the full article

    "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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