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marie-claire is an Italian-Trained Opera Singer Who Lives and Breathes the Musical Genres of Opera, Jazz, Hip-Hop and Reggae, Making Her One of The Most Adaptable Artists of Our Day.
Her recent engagements include singing the National Anthem for the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclay Center, performing standards with Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra in LA and she continues to appear at the Metropolitan Room in New York City. She has also spent time in front of the camera as a cast member on the second season of Chappelle’s Show on Comedy Central . marie-claire also performed at the Central Park Summer Stage Lyricist Lounge for a crowd of 5,000 people with Black Moon’s DJ Evil Dee and Doug E. Fresh who nicknamed her “The Queen,” due to her astounding performance that gripped the crowd. Other NYC venues include Joe’s Pub, Smalls Jazz Club.
She was classically trained to sing opera by Maestro Guido Caputo and Maestro Frascati of the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia in Rome, Italy. Further training includes two years under Marc Forrest in Los Angeles and exclusive study under Raymond Buckingham in New York City. It was Buckingham who recognized the rich and deep vocal timbre of her voice, discovering she is a rare operatic contralto. This discovery, in tandem with her extensive vocal training, led to her debut at Carnegie Hall with the New York Grand Opera Company in the roles of Maddalena from Verdi’s Rigoletto and Azucena from Verdi’s Il Trovatore.
While she has mastered the art of opera and jazz, she also has a unique vision for her craft — to fuse the dramatic lyrics and themes associated in opera, jazz, hip-hop and reggae genres into a new category. A New York Times critic nicknamed the new style “hip-hopera” and she has embraced the term as she introduces “hip-hopera (the fusion)” to the world.
The blended genre is displayed in her rendition of DJ Logic’s “The Anomaly” and in her original songs “Red,” “Desperation” and “Chasing Rainbows,” an extended play track produced by Grammy Award winning Producer Scott Jacoby and written as a memoir to her abused past; it is a message for those who struggle with abuse to continue and share in her desire to survive. The sexy, innovative fusion style is also present in her completed extended play track titled “The Dreamland Project,” which features marie-claire singing well-known reggae songs in operatic style such as Bunny Wailer’s “Dreamland,” Bob Marley’s “Rastaman Chant” as well as original reggae tunes such as “Care For You.”
marie-claire was born in Dominica West Indies and moved to the Bronx, New York as a child. Due to her love of the two cultures, she has split her time between both places as an international performer. The list of performances in her native Dominica is extensive, including live performances at LIME Creole in the Park Festival, regional events including the St. Lucia Love Fest, the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, the Ocho Rios Jazz Festival and the Love Is All We Need concert in Antigua. Other venues include Russell’s in Antigua, Weekenz Bistro and Bar, Christopher’s Jazz Café and Red Bones Blues Café in Jamaica.
marie-claire’s current projects include the full-length album titled Under the Covers. She represented The Bronx in the Battle of the Boroughs on April 5, 2013 at The Greene Space in Manhattan where she performed her original jazz song, “Chasing Rainbows.” marie-claire had already beaten over 500 artists to be showcased in the battle. In addition marie-claire recently has been featured in the Huffington Post and Cocoab.com. Her engagements for 2013 will include performing at Blues Alley in DC in July and Los Voces Jazz Festival in Cartagena, Columbia.