Clara Chung

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Clara C
Clara C performing at UC San Diego as part of her LovePrint tour
Background information
Birth nameClara Chung
Also known asClara C
Born (1987-10-31) October 31, 1987 (age 32)
OriginNew York City, United States
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals, keyboard

Clara Chung, known by her stage name Clara C, (born October 31, 1987) is an American singer and songwriter.

Chung is a YouTube artist who rose to fame when she won numerous talent competitions in a row including Los Angeles’ Kollaboration 10, KAC Media Juice Night, and ISA 2009.

Early life and education[edit]

Chung was born in New York on October 31, 1987 to South Korean-born parents who currently reside in Northridge, California.[1]

Chung graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a minor in Education in 2010.[2] Although she is currently pursuing music full-time, she also works and teaches children with autism part-time.[2]


In a 2011 interview after the release of her first album, Chung said that she initially was not particularly motivated to post videos of her singing and guitar playing on YouTube, but was encouraged by her friends to try it out.[3] Chung describes the music in her album, The Art in My Heart, as being diverse and "taking on a lot of different sounds." "There are songs that are very much like Sara Bareilles and others that are more like Coldplay. And there are other songs that I can’t categorize. I guess if you want to sum up influences, I’d say definitely Sara Bareilles, John Mayer, Feist."[3]

In 2010, Chung won the Kollaboration LA competition after writing her first hit original song "Offbeat", and performing it at the competition held at the Shrine located near University of Southern California.[3]

In April 2010, Chung worked with other popular artists such as rappers Dumbfoundead and Jay Park.[4]

In September 2010, she released her album Art in My Heart in conjunction with her music video for the lead single "Offbeat". The video for "Offbeat" was directed by viral video director Ross Ching[5] (of Kina Grannis' "Valentine" music video fame)[6] and produced by Don Le of Fusion3Films. The concept for the video was Chung singing amongst inspiring visuals in a world filled with bubbles. It has amassed over 13,000,000 unique YouTube views so far. DJ Descry and My Parasol have produced the only known remixes to date.[7][8][9][10][11] In 2011, director Ross Ching and producer Don Le followed up with a second music video, "The Camel Song". The video featured YouTube personality, Nigahiga, as her love interest.[12][13]

In February 2011, Chung announced her Loveprint mini-tour (March–April) in which she makes stops in Los Angeles, Boston, Seattle and San Diego.[14]

On June 6, 2011 on an interview with Robert Herrera of Front Row Live Entertainment, Chung stated that she is currently writing a new album.[15]

On September 15, Chung released her 2nd Album titled esc.

Chung also toured with David Choi on their Fall Tour presented by YesStyle, visiting 19 different cities from Canada and the United States.

On September 30, Chung released her acoustic album Organika, and in October toured the United States and Canada, visiting 14 cities. This tour was an acoustic tour that is based off her album Organika.

Chung and her husband were featured in Andy Grammer's music video for "Honey I'm Good."


Studio Albums[edit]

Album Information Track list
The Art in My Heart[16]
  • Released: 24 September 2010
Track list
  1. Hum
  2. Offbeat
  3. Heartstrings
  4. The Camel Song
  5. Til We Go
  6. Fool's Gold
  7. Dear Daphne
  8. Loveprint
  9. Wait on Me
  10. Wake Up in Neverland
Album Information Track list
  • Released: 25 September 2012
Track list
  1. You've Got It All
  2. Quesadilla
  3. Let Grow
  4. False Start
  5. Brighter Days
  6. Eventually
  7. By the Blue
  8. Wanting What I Need
  9. Fish
  10. These Are the Good Old Days
Album Information Track list
Organika (An Acoustic Album)[18]
  • Released: 30 September 2013
Track list
  1. Nayelli
  2. Heartstrings (Remixed)
  3. Wanting What I Need
  4. You've Got It All
  5. Quesadilla
  6. One Look
  7. Offbeat
  8. Fish


  1. ^ Chang, Richard (29 October 2010). "Singer Clara C. is a YouTube sensation". Orange County Register. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
  2. ^ a b "The Art in My Heart: an interview with Clara Chung". Asia Pacific Arts. 2010-07-16. Archived from the original on 2010-08-06. Retrieved 2011-02-13.
  3. ^ a b c Mizobe, Eri (11 February 2011). "Clara Chung, a YouTube Star On the Rise". Ethos. University of Oregon. Archived from the original on 25 December 2012. Retrieved 6 December 2012.
  4. ^ "NEWS: Jay Park, Kobe Shin, and Dumbfoundead And Clara Chung To Release a Song Tomorrow". Soompi. 22 April 2010. Archived from the original on 27 April 2010. Retrieved 1 December 2010.
  5. ^ "Driven by the desire to create the next viral video | Culture Monster | Los Angeles Times". 2010-06-07. Retrieved 2015-04-06.
  6. ^ [1] Archived September 8, 2012, at
  7. ^ "Clara Chung's 'Offbeat' MV released!". 2010-09-29. Retrieved 2015-04-06.
  8. ^ "Asia Pacific Arts: Clara Chung releases new music video for "Offbeat"". Archived from the original on 2012-07-10. Retrieved 2015-04-06.
  9. ^ [2] Archived October 22, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "Clara Chung Releases Debut Album & Music Video". 2015-03-23. Retrieved 2015-04-06.
  11. ^ "DJ Descry Remixes Clara Chung's "Wake Up in Neverland"". 2010-09-30. Retrieved 2015-04-06.
  12. ^ "Welcome to". Retrieved 2015-04-06.
  13. ^ Hsieh, Kevin (2011-08-08). "The Camel Song by Clara". Retrieved 2015-04-06.
  14. ^ "Clara Chung announces her new mini-tour". Asia Pacific Arts. 2011-02-08.
  15. ^ "Clara C Interview w/ Robert Herrera". Clara C Interview w/ Robert Herrera. Front Row Live Ent. Retrieved 11 June 2011.
  16. ^ "iTunes - Music - The Art in My Heart by Clara C". 2010-09-24. Retrieved 2015-04-06.
  17. ^ "iTunes - Music - Esc by Clara C". 2012-09-25. Retrieved 2015-04-06.
  18. ^ "iTunes - Music - Organika (An Acoustic Album) by Clara C". 2013-09-30. Retrieved 2015-04-06.

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