Kara Claudy’s music has received comparisons to Michelle Branch, Vanessa Carlton, Sheryl Crow, Sarah Bareilles and other female vocals-driven music backed by simple yet moving guitar and piano. With her distinctive voice and stripped down, acoustic sound, she seeks to connect personally with her listeners.
Though she considers herself a Hoosier, Kara was actually born in Twenty-Nine Palms, California to an American father and Korean mother. As a Marine Corps brat, Kara moved with her family to Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii; Aurora, Colorado; Okinawa, Japan; and finally, Angola, Indiana. Her multicultural identity and transient upbringing inform her songwriting.
While still in high school and honing her skills, she organized a guitar club at her classmates encouragement, putting together open mic nights for the academic community. Her senior year of high school, Kara’s classmates chose her original song, “Thursday,” as their class song. After graduating, Kara continued to play local shows in northern Indiana, before moving to Atlanta, Georgia to attend Emory University. As a college student, Kara won 2nd place in the original song category of the 2011 Emory Arts Competition. She was also honored to play at various school and graduation functions.
Kara calls Atlanta home and continues to write, record, and perform her music.