For 19-year-old Ginette Claudette relying on fond memories like singing with her older sister in the hospital before she passed away or performing at the Apollo Theater, fulfilling the dream of her father, who is also gone, help to keep her balanced. “Music is my outlet,” she says. “It’s what’s keeps me sane.”
After a slight tilt of her head, a sweet gaze, and a deep breath the singer-songwriter unleashes her soulful and impacting tone, recalling any idea that she’s just another young dream. Although when she speaks she reminds you that she is in fact a young lady full of giggles and eager anticipation. “I smile from ear to ear,” says the New York native when summing up the emotions surrounding her budding music career. “Even with the ups & downs, how many of us really get to live out our dream like this?”
Singing since the age of 3, Claudette dreamed of becoming a performer after watching her mother sing professionally for many years. At 12 she picked up a guitar and began writing songs.
Now signed to Universal Republic, Claudette has seen sharing studio time with the lights of industry veterans such as Rico Love (Usher, Beyoncé, Keri Hilson, Mario, Kelly Rowland), Mario Winans (Diddy, Usher, Mary J. Blige) & many others, aiming for a “soulful, R&B/hip-hop, feel-good” vibe on her debut album, due 2011.
“She’s an amazing talent with a powerful voice and an even more powerful personality,” says Rico Love. “A superstar to say the absolute least.”
“This is what I was born to do,” says Claudette. “I’m in the right place.”
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