CLEAR combines addictive hooks, jazzy licks and cabaret-style vocals to create songs of love, loss and redemption. As the band's upper-case name implies, CLEAR makes music of brilliant clarity, every word and note shining in songs that grab and hold the listener's attention. It is a sound that has won the band a discriminating, loyal following in its hometown of Ottawa, Canada.
Says Wes Smiderle, the Ottawa Citizen, “Johnson and Patterson's talents mesh beautifully as CLEAR, a sunny brew of folk and jazz melodies anchored by Johnson's rich and powerful vocals.”
The music reporter is referring to lead singer Susan Johnson and writer/guitarist Christian Patterson, together a constant in a lineup that has ranged from relaxed duo to at times a rocking group of over a half a dozen musicians. In their more than ten years together, Johnson and Patterson have played innumerable venues in Canada's capital and beyond, performing songs that are in turns infectiously upbeat and achingly beautiful.
CLEAR’s sophmore album, Never Falling Again, was released in 2011 and the songs are sophisticated and strong. Robert Sutton of Jazz Corner writes, “Johnson and Patterson locate the sweet spot of melody; together they produce a mesmerizing marriage of cinematic atmosphere and profound longing."
CLEAR has performed a number of celebrated Canadian acts, such as The Cowboy Junkies, Tegan and Sarah, The Northern Pikes, and Ember Swift.