Clair Marlo

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Clair Marlo
Birth nameClara Veseliza
OriginNew York, New York, 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, educator, 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 number 5 on Billboard's Top Classical Crossover Chart in 1999.[3]

Career[edit]

Clair Marlo was born in New York and grew up in Astoria and Flushing, Queens. She began her musical studies at the age of five with accordion, then started piano and voice at the age of nine. 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. Her private teachers also included Spud Murphy, and John Motley.[4] Clair holds a Bachelors Degree from Berklee College of Music (1980) in Composition with additional courses in Audio Production and Engineering.[5]

She co-founded the music production company Invisible Hand Productions in 1995. She is also co-owner of music publishing companies Write Hear Music (BMI), and Tarzana Jane Music (ASCAP). She currently owns and runs Score Dogs (a music production company), Building 11, and Blue Rain Records.[6]

Marlo has worked with many notable artists, composers, musicians, engineers and producers. Notable people Clair has worked have included Jeff Porcaro, Steve Porcaro, Joe Porcaro, David Paich, Leland Sklar, Grant Geissman, Craig Fuller, Abraham Laboriel Sr., Dean Parks, Luis Conte, Steve Katz, George Massenberg and Bill Schnee. The now late pop rock drummer, Jeff Porcaro, played on her song "'Til They Take My Heart Away" and other songs on her album, Let It Go.

Marlo has produced such artists as Harry Chapin (posthumously), Pat Coil, Michael Ruff, Kilauea (Daniel Ho), and Grant Geissman. Her production of Michael Ruff's "Speaking in Melodies" for Sheffield Lab Records is an audiophile collector's item and was on Stereophile's list of "1994 Records to Die For".[7]

Discography[edit]

Solo albums and featured artist

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

Group albums

  • Liquid Amber (1994)
  • Liquid Amber - Adrift (1995)
  • Tairona - Andean Christmas (1996)[9]
  • Vox Mundi - Christmas Spirit (1998)[10]

Albums as producer

  • Pat Coil - Steps (1990)[11]
  • Kilauea - Antigua Blue (1992)
  • Pat Coil - Just Ahead (1992)[12]
  • Michael Ruff - Speaking in Melodies (1993)[13]
  • Kilauea - Diamond Collection (1995)
  • 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)[9]
  • Grant Geissman - In with the Out Crowd (1998)[14]
  • Vox Mundi - Christmas Spirit (1998)[10]
  • Mark Winkler - City Lights (1998)[18]
  • Aria - 3 CD collection (2004)[19]
  • Red Rose - Good Friends (2004)[19]
  • Neil Young - Living with War (2006)[20]
  • Julia Duncan - The Love Lounge (2007)[21]
  • 3 Hours of Creepy Sounds for Halloween(2009)[19]
  • Celtic Journey - Celtic Journey (2011)[22]
  • Up Close Volume 8 - Sheffield Lab Sampler Featuring Pat Coil[23]

Personal life[edit]

Marlo is based out of Los Angeles, and Istria, Croatia. She has a daughter and a son. Marlo was married to Eric Werse from 1980-1981 and to Alexander "Ace" Baker from 1995-2016

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Songwriting Record Production | Clair Marlo | United States". Clair-marlo-site. Retrieved 25 January 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Let It Go - Clair Marlo | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusicm. Retrieved 25 January 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Album Search for "aria vol 2 new horizon"". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 January 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "John Motley, a celebrated and beloved conductor who founded the All City Concert Choir died". Nydailynews.com. Retrieved 25 January 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ https://alumnius.net/berklee_college_of_m-9967-year-1980#
  6. ^ "Invisible Hand". Invisiblehandmusic.com. Retrieved 25 January 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "1994 Records To Die For Page 13". Stereophile.com. 19 February 1994. Retrieved 25 January 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Rediscovered - Clair Marlo | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 January 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ a b "Andean Christmas - Tairona | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 January 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ a b "Christmas Spirit - Vox Mundi | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 January 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "Steps - Pat Coil | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 January 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ "Just Ahead - Pat Coil | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 January 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ "Speaking in Melodies - Michael Ruff | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 January 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ a b "In with the out Crowd - Grant Geissman | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 January 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. ^ "Sensuel by Lori Barth". Music.apple.com. Retrieved 25 January 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  16. ^ "Glenn Eric - Glenn Eric, Glenn Meganck | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusicm. Retrieved 25 January 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  17. ^ "Music of Espionage - Spies | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 January 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  18. ^ "City Lights - Mark Winkler | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 January 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  19. ^ a b c "Clair Marlo | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 January 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  20. ^ "Living with War - Neil Young | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 January 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  21. ^ "The Love Lounge". Open.spotify.com. Retrieved 25 January 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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