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Birth name Claire Cottrill
Born (1998-08-18) August 18, 1998 (age 19)
Origin Carlisle, Massachusetts
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • keyboards
Years active 2012-present
Labels FADER Label[2]
Associated acts Matt & Kim

Claire Cottrill (born August 18, 1998), better known by her stage name Clairo, is an electropop recording artist from Carlisle, Massachusetts.

Early life and education[edit]

Clairo grew up in Carlisle, Massachusetts. She is the daughter of Geoff Cottrill, a marketing executive who is the current president of American operations at MullenLowe Lintas Group, and was also appointed vice-chair of MusiCares (a philanthropic organization associated with the Grammy Awards) in 2014.[4] In 2017, she started attending Syracuse University.[5]


Clairo started posting music to Bandcamp[6] while in high school before beginning to post covers and songs in addition to DJ mixes of rap music on Soundcloud[7] under the name Clairo/DJ Baby Benz.[5] She also maintained a YouTube channel where she would post covers and short films.[8] She first drew broad attention in 2017 when the video for her song "Pretty Girl" went viral on YouTube.[8] On 1 April 2018, Clairo announced that her debut EP, titled diary 001, was finished,[9] and it was released on 25 May 2018 on FADER Label.[2]

Personal life[edit]

On 29 May 2018 she publicly came out as bisexual on Twitter.[10]

Due to her father's connections and her viral status,[11] Clairo has been controversially accused of being an "industry plant"—a pejorative term to describe musical artists who have backing from the music industry to advance or kick-start their careers, but are deceptively presented as an independent start-up—which she denies.[12] Maintains a current relationship with Rulos.



  • 2 Hold U (2017)
  • Get With U (2017)
  • Flaming Hot Cheetos (2017)
  • Pretty Girl (2017)
  • 4EVER (2018)
  • Better (2018) ☼


  • diary 001 (2018)

Bandcamp Demos[edit]

  • do u wanna fall in love? (2014)
  • have a nice day (2015)
  • late show (2015)
  • AQUARIUS BOY (2015)
  • metal heart (2015)
  • moth girl (2015)
  • growing (2015)
  • creased laundry (2016)
  • brains a bus station (2016)



  1. ^ The New Indie Pop: Off-Kilter, Handmade, Whimsical and Emotional, The New York Times
  2. ^ a b (27 April 2018). Clairo Announces Debut EP, Shares New Song: Listen, Pitchfork
  3. ^ "lil birthday cover 4 u — Facebook". Clairo. 18 August 2014. Retrieved 18 May 2018. 
  4. ^ "MusiCares Announce New Board". GRAMMY Foundation. 
  5. ^ a b Moreland, Quinn (16 January 2018). Meet Clairo, the YouTube Star Turning Teenage Awkwardness Into Viral Gold, Pitchfork
  6. ^ a b "Claire Cottrill/Keel Her split tape, by clairo". clairo. Retrieved 31 May 2018. 
  7. ^ "Clairo". SoundCloud. Retrieved 31 May 2018. 
  8. ^ a b Moore, Jacob (29 September 2017). Meet Clairo, the Lo-Fi Bedroom Singer/Songwriter Who Went Viral By Being Herself, Pigeons & Planes
  9. ^ Lawler, Opheli Garcia (1 April 2018). Clairo has finished her EP, Fader
  10. ^ "clair-o on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 31 May 2018. 
  11. ^ Kramer, Bradley (5 April 2018). Is ‘Pretty Girl’ Clairo’s self-made success too good to be true?, Burlington County Times
  12. ^ "Clairo's 'Pretty Girl' Went Viral. Then She Had to Prove Herself". New York Times. Retrieved 31 May 2018. 

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