CLAUDIA SELECTED AS SONG COMPETITION FINALIST AT THE SOUTH FLORIDA FOLK FESTIVAL!
A trip down to Florida in January sounded like a really good idea so Claudia entered "Big Country" and "Dead" in the songwriting competition and made the finals! While she was not chosen one of the top three by the judges, she outsold her competitors in CD sales, making her the winner of the "popular vote".
THE KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN WAS A SUCCESS!
This was Claudia's first attempt at a crowdfunding campaign. It was really hard work, but also very exciting! Now with the money raised, what is REALLY exciting is the recording
she is going to get to do! Click here to learn more.
CLAUDIA HAS CREATED A CHILDREN'S SHOW!
"Time Tested Tales Told in Tunes", is the name Claudia has given to her series of Children's musicals. She is taking wonderful old fairy tales, and putting them to music, while also
weaving in "life lessons". The first musical she has completed is "Little Red Riding Hood". Read all about it here.
FUNNY FEMALES OF FOLK BREAKS ATTENDANCE RECORD!
What a show it was at the Vail Theatre of the Arts in Tucson, AZ! November 15, 2014 Funny Females of Folk broke the theater's record for the most tickets sold, and had an audience that complained that their jaws hurt from laughing! It was a great night with (left to right) Claudia Nygaard, Cosy Sheridan, Christine Lavin, and Cheryl Wheeler sharing their funniest songs and stories.
Claudia has been in a book club for the last 28 years, reading everything from southern fiction to philosopy and religion, to history and biographies. This is not a book review per se, it's more like a "suggested reads" list. Books she wasn't excited about will not be reviewed, just the ones she thinks you'ld love. Click on the link to the left, or visit the "Blog" tab above.
NEW VIDEO OF "BIG COUNTRY"!
Filled with immigration images from Ellis Island, and scenic shots of American landmarks, this isn't a performance video, it's more like a mini movie. Claudia's song "Big Country" went to # 8 on the Folk DJ Chart. "Katrina & Ole" in the second verse are actually Claudia's great grandparents Ole & Ingeborg. The blizzard footage was shot 90 miles from where her mother was born and raised in Grenora, ND.
"LET THE STORM ROLL IN" ONE OF THE
TOP 100 ALBUMS OF THE YEAR!
There are nearly 1000 CDs released every year to the Folk DJs, so for "Let The Storm Roll In" to place at #89 on the end of the year chart is really exciting!
NEW VIDEO OF "MISS KITTY"
WITH GREAT "GUNSMOKE" FOOTAGE!
One of the most poplular songs on Claudia's new CD "Let The Storm Roll In", among DJ's and press alike, is "Miss Kitty". The tune good naturedly protests the lack of smooching between Kitty and Matt Dillon in the long running TV Western "Gunsmoke". This new video was put together by "Kitnkabootle" in England who has a you tube channel dedicated to the late Amanda Blake who played the role of Miss Kitty. Kitnkabootle has done a great job of editing the scenes to fit the lyric of the song.
LISTEN TO "BIG COUNTRY" ON LUFTHANSA AIRLINES!
Flying to Europe, Hong Kong, or Brazil in the next few months? Check out the Roots and Folk Music Channel aboard Lufthansa Airlines on an international flight and you'll hear the first Track of "Let The Storm Roll In". "Big Country" has been chosen to be part of the in-flight rotation in November and December of 2011.
"LET THE STORM ROLL IN" GETS FIVE STARS!
It is a great honor to receive a favorable review from Maverick Magazine, arguably THE most important roots music magazine in Europe. Getting a review that calls the CD "Stunning" and gives it FIVE stars is an even bigger honor! Read the review here.
The reviews have been fabulous across the board for "Let The Storm Roll In".
Be sure to visit the Reviews page and have a look at the high praise
"No Depression" and "Sing Out" have had for this new CD.
Spending an unprecedented four months on the Folk DJ chart, "Let The Storm Roll In" goes to #13 on the album chart,
#18 on the Artist chart, and
"Big Country" sails up to the # 8 spot on the song chart!
What a thrill to be in the top 30 on a chart with Emmylou Harris & Steve Earle!
OTHER RADIO HIGHLIGHTS...
EVERY SONG ON "LET THE STORM ROLL IN" GETS PLAYED ON THE RADIO!
"Say It" Song of the Week at Hutt Radio in New Zealand When eleven of the twelve songs on "Storm" had been spun, the hope was that some DJ would
eventually play "Say It". Not only did it get airplay, HUTT Radio chose it as "Song of The Week"! Now it's official... EVERY song on the CD has received airplay!
"Let The Storm Roll In" has also landed on the Top Roots Airplay Regional Charts
at stations WAGS (SC); KALH (NM); Ocean Beach Radio (OR),
Cold Spring Radio (NY); and KZMU (UT).
BUY "LET THE STORM ROLL IN" HERE!
"STORM" HAS RECEIVED AIRPLAY ON MORE THAN 150 STATIONS! (including simulcasts) in 35 states, Australia, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, and The Netherlands. It has also received extensive Internet airplay.
FEATURE SHOWS AND SYNDICATED PROGRAMS "Let The Storm Roll In" has been included numerous times on Rich Warren's syndicated "Midnight Special" show (WFMT in Chicago), and has also been one of "Rich's Picks" three times! Roz Larman's syndicatedshow "Folkscene" (KPFK in Los Angeles) has also included it many times, and in December ran a lively interview with Claudia that included Freebo sitting
in on bass. In Boston WUMB added "Twelve Little Red Heartaches" to their rotation for four months, and featured Claudia in the "New Music" section of their website.
The CD has also been featured in"Mozart to Motorhead" on HomegrownRadioNJ; "Eclectic Chair" in MI; "Kaleidoscope" in MO, "Sleepy Hollow" at WXPN in Philly, and "The Folk specialty show" at WMNRin CT. Bob Sherman built an entire show of songs about immigration around Claudia's song "Big Country"that aired on "Woody's Children", heard on WFUV in New York City.