Clair Marlo

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Clair Marlo
Birth nameClara Veseliza
BornDecember 20, 1969
OriginNew York City, United States
GenresPop, neo-classical Jazz
Occupation(s)Film/TV composer, songwriter, record producer, music arranger, singer
InstrumentsPiano, keyboards, voice
Years active1986–present
LabelsHigher Octave, Virgin Records, Sonic Images, Earthtone, Sony, Telarc, Wildcat-MCA, Sheffield Lab, Invisible Hand Music, Universal/MCA
Associated actsSteve Porcaro, David Paich, Randy Kerber Dean Parks, Abraham Laboriel Sr., Steve Katz, Jeff Porcaro, Grant Geissman, Craig Fuller, Pat Coil, Brandon Fields, Luis Conte
Websitewww.clairmarlo.com

Clara Veseliza known professionally as Clair Marlo, is a Croatian-American Record Producer, Songwriter, Composer, and Performer.[1]

She is known for her multiplatinum hit singles, "'Til They Take My Heart Away" and "Without Me", both from her debut album, Let It Go.[2] Her songs became a staple in radio stations during the early 1990s and her albums (both as recording artist and as producer) for Sheffield Lab Records have become audiophile staples and collectors items around the world. Marlo is also known for singing "Sviraj" and "Lullaby" on Paul Schwartz's album, Aria 2 - New Horizon, which reached #5 on Billboard's Top Classical Crossover Chart in 1999.[3]

Career[edit]

Clair Marlo was born Clara Veseliza in New York and grew up in Astoria and Flushing, Queens. She began her musical studies at the age of 5 with accordion, then started piano and voice at 9. She had her first song published by Leeds Levy (MCA Music) at the age of 16. when she started college for composition at the Aaron Copeland School of Music at Queens College. She studied opera with opera singer Camilla Williams for 2 years. Her private teachers also included Spud Murphy, and John Motley.[4]

A graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, Marlo has released recordings under her own name (Let it Go, Behaviour Self, and Trinity), and as part of the groups Primal Instinct, Tairona, Vox Mundi, and Liquid Amber.

She co-founded the music production company Invisible Hand Productions in 1995. She is also co-owner of Write Hear Music (BMI), Tarzana Jane Music (ASCAP), with her former husband. She currently owns and runs Score Dogs, Building 11, and Blue Rain Records.[5]

The late pop rock drummer Jeff Porcaro played on her song "'Til They Take My Heart Away" and other songs on the same album, Let It Go. Porcaro was a premier drummer and was named one of the top 50 drummers of all time by Modern Drummer magazine. Marlo has worked with many notable artists and songwriters, including Steve Porcaro (Toto), Joe Porcaro, David Paich, Leland Sklar, Grant Geissman, Craig Fuller (Pure Prairie League), Abraham Laboriel Sr., Dean Parks, Luis Conte, Steve Katz (Blood, Sweat & Tears), and Brandon Fields.

Marlo has produced such artists as Harry Chapin (posthumously), Pat Coil, Michael Ruff, Kilauea, and Grant Geissman. Her production of Michael Ruff's "Speaking in Melodies" for Sheffield Lab Records is an audiophile staple and was on Stereophile's list of 1994 Records to Die For.[6]

 Her music has been used in films such as The Firm and Swimming Pool.

Discography[edit]

Solo albums and Featured Artist

  • Let it Go (1989)
  • ;Til They Take My Heart Away (Finyl Edits) [7]
  • Til They Take My Heart Away (1994 Power Tools Edit)[8]
  • Behaviour Self (1995)
  • Rediscovered (2007)[9]
  • Trinity (2019)

Group albums

  • Liquid Amber (1994)
  • Liquid Amber - Adrift (1995)
  • Tairona - Andean Christmas (1996)[10]
  • Vox Mundi - Christmas Spirit (1998)[11]

Albums as Producer

  • Pat Coil - Steps (1990)[12]
  • Kilauea - Antigua Blue (1992)
  • Pat Coil - Just Ahead (1992)[13]
  • Grant Geissman - In with the Out Crowd (1998)[14]
  • Lori Barth - Sensuel (2002)[15]

Albums as Composer, Songwriter, Sideman

  • Glenn Eric - Glenn Eric (1987)[16]
  • Spies - Music of Espionage (1988)[17]
  • Let it Go (1989)
  • Kilauea - Antigua Blue (1992)
  • Liquid Amber (1994)
  • Behaviour Self (1995)
  • Liquid Amber - Adrift (1995)
  • Tairona - Andean Christmas (1996)[10]
  • Grant Geissman - In with the Out Crowd (1998)[14]
  • Vox Mundi - Christmas Spirit (1998)[11]
  • Mark Winkler - City Lights (1998)[18]
  • Regine Velasquez - Regine, Live Sa Antipolo (2001)[19]
  • Lori Barth - Sensuel (2002)[15]
  • Kyla - Not your ordinary girl (2004)[20]
  • Aria - 3 CD collection (2004)[21]
  • Red Rose - Good Friends (2004) [21]
  • Neil Young - Living with War (2006)[22]
  • Julia Duncan - The Love Lounge (2007)[23]
  • 3 Hours of Creepy Sounds for Halloween(2009)[21]
  • Regine Velasquez - Without Me (2010) [24]
  • M.Y.M.P. - Back to Acoustic (2011)[25]
  • Migz Haleco - Strangers Again (2014)[26]
  • Celtic Journey - Celtic Journey (2011)[27]
  • Up Close Volume 8 - Sheffield Lab Sampler Featuring Pat Coil[28]

Personal life[edit]

Marlo is based out of Los Angeles, and Istria Croatia. She has a daughter and a son.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.clairmarlo.com/
  2. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/let-it-go-mw0000027382
  3. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/aria-vol-2-new-horizon-mw0000253409/awards
  4. ^ http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/john-motley-celebrated-beloved-conductor-founded-city-concert-choir-died-gallery-1.51831
  5. ^ http://www.invisiblehandmusic.com/
  6. ^ https://www.stereophile.com/content/1994-records-die-page-13/
  7. ^ https://www.whosampled.com/sample/562378/Finyl-Edits-%27Til-They-Take-My-Heart-Away-Clair-Marlo-Til-They-Take-My-Heart-Away/
  8. ^ https://www.whosampled.com/Clair-Marlo/Til-They-Take-My-Heart-Away-(1994-Power-Tools-Edit)/
  9. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/rediscovered-mw0001639653
  10. ^ a b http://www.allmusic.com/album/andean-christmas-mw0000601026/credits
  11. ^ a b http://www.allmusic.com/album/christmas-spirit-mw0000043555
  12. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/steps-mw0000611496
  13. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/just-ahead-mw0000076130
  14. ^ a b http://www.allmusic.com/album/in-with-the-out-crowd-mw0000042167
  15. ^ a b https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/sensuel/id214563939
  16. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/glenn-eric-mw0000932907
  17. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/music-of-espionage-mw0000653069
  18. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/city-lights-mw0000036450
  19. ^ https://www.whosampled.com/cover/366832/Regine-Velasquez-Till-They-Take-My-Heart-Away-Clair-Marlo-Til-They-Take-My-Heart-Away/
  20. ^ https://www.whosampled.com/cover/267173/Kyla-Til-They-Take-My-Heart-Away-Clair-Marlo-Til-They-Take-My-Heart-Away/
  21. ^ a b c https://www.allmusic.com/artist/clair-marlo-mn0000112769/credits
  22. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/living-with-war-mw0000542491/credits
  23. ^ https://open.spotify.com/album/1LBPEJLDllSqptd0tfObkL
  24. ^ https://www.whosampled.com/Regine-Velasquez/Without-Me/
  25. ^ https://www.whosampled.com/cover/275722/M.Y.M.P.-Till-They-Take-My-Heart-Away-Clair-Marlo-Til-They-Take-My-Heart-Away/
  26. ^ https://www.whosampled.com/cover/329698/Migz-Haleco-Till-They-Take-My-Heart-Away-Clair-Marlo-Til-They-Take-My-Heart-Away/
  27. ^ https://www.amazon.com/Celtic-Journey-Sign-Posters/dp/B00H3F0CLW/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1543174708&sr=8-6&keywords=clair+marlo/
  28. ^ https://www.amazon.com/Close-Sheffield-Sampler-Featuring-Coil/dp/B000W48AMY/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1543174836&sr=8-7&keywords=clair+marlo/