Clara Bellino in support of International Artists
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Published on Dec 3, 2012
Why do I care so much about International Artists?
CLARA BELLINO BIO
Following up on her successful CD Embarcadero Love, the delightful
singer-songwriter Clara Bellino has emerged with This Is Happiness --
Hand In Hand. This new recording not only features her newest song
"This Is Happiness" and a duet with the legendary Bobby Sharp (best
known for composing "Unchain My Heart") but two videos and a
documentary, making for a unique release by a major artist.
Clara Bellino was born in Paris and grew up in a small village of the
French Alps. She spent a decade studying classical piano and guitar in a
conservatory where she wrote some of her first songs. "I wanted to
perform my own music and in France I felt as if I was stuck. The choices
were to become a pop variety artist who had to have a hit in order to get
on television, or to play classical or jazz. I felt that there were a lot more
options to grow in music in the U.S."
Clara moved to California when she was 17, took music classes at
Foothill College, started her first group, and played bass in a reggae
band. Since 1992 she has worked in many films (including starring as a
singer in the 1993 feature film, Steal America) and commercials, and she
has had extensive voiceover work, but music has always been her main
passion. Clara recorded her first solo CD, Flying Monkey and in 2005
she recorded "Come And Stay With Me" for a compilation album
(Juxtamusician) put out by a label from Austin, Texas. The single was
also included in her next CD, Embarcadero Love.
Embarcadero Love, which Clara calls "soulful pop," has distinctive and
original versions of songs by Tom Waits, Smokey Robinson, William
Barnes (the classic "Something Cool") and Jackie DeShannon ("Come
And Stay With Me"). Of greatest significance, this colorful set
introduces six of Clara's best compositions. Among the highpoints are
her songs about the difficulties of a long distance romance ("Goodnight
Baby"), the futility of war ("Peaceful Solution"), moving to another
country ("Potential Criminal") and the joy and adventure of living your
own life ("Big Picture"). Throughout Embarcadero Love, the offbeat
lyrics, highly original way of looking at life, quietly emotional vocals
and fine backup band make this a memorable and very accessible set.
For the new CD, Clara at first wrote "This Is Happiness," a song about
the joy found in simple pleasures that will have audiences singing along.
Although she had originally planned to release the song as a CD single,
her friendship with the legendary songwriter Bobby Sharp led to the
project being expanded. Sharp originally wrote "Hand In Hand" in 1947
and over 15 years later Nat King Cole expressed interest in it. However
the song was never recorded and went undiscovered until now. "I
wanted Bobby to be on the project. It was a pleasure working with him
and he always had wonderful stories to share."
The CD includes two versions of "This Is Happiness" and "Hand In
Hand" (including a duet by Clara with Bobby Sharp), videos of both of
the songs, Sharp's pretty instrumental "Driftwood," and a video
documentary about the great composer who is now 87.
Clara Bellino, who performs regularly in Northern California and is
looking forward to a West Coast tour, is a talent well worth discovering.
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