LETTER DAY is out August 28, 2020
"Singer-songwriter Claire Heywood is first and foremost a poet. Her journey began with pages and pages of poems, which she turned into music after taking voice and guitar lessons online. After only a few years, she's established herself in the Denver music scene. 303 Magazine calls her "a voice that refuses to go unnoticed." -CPR NEWS
Claire Heywood is a Denver-based songwriter known for her smoky voice. Her music has been played on CPR News, 105.5 The Colorado Sound, KTCL 93.3, and Colorado Public Radio's Indie 102.3.
After playing solo sets for small listening audiences alongside poets and writers for several years, Heywood's full-band debut The Wind It Howls was released to warm reception in March 2019. Heywood's first set at the Underground Music Showcase was named one of the best of the weekend by 303 Magazine.
In April 2020 Heywood released "Python," the first single from her second EP I Won't Resign My Love For That Old Dream. The collection was recorded and mixed at the home studio of bandmate/producer Michael Sandoval and sees Heywood take on new roles as a rhythm guitarist and co-producer. On August 28, 2020 Heywood will release another single: "Letter Day."
Heywood and her band continue to draw on multiple genres, with different songs leaning in different genre directions: soulful pop, folk, or sometimes a touch of country. Influences range from Mazzy Star and Rilo Kiley to Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, and Lucinda Williams.
"Letter Day," Heywood's second single of 2020, will be out everywhere August 28.
-- New Single LETTER DAY Out August 28 --
Claire Heywood will release her second single of 2020 on August 28. "Letter Day" acknowledges the feeling that being broke is something like a cruel joke.
The song, recorded in the home studio of bandmate/producer Michael Sandoval, hinges on an idea most Americans can connect with. She's waiting for a letter in the mail- be it a job offer, a check, or in 2020, a stimulus payment-- that may provide some financial relief. Heywood wonders out loud how to ask for more and mean it. She toys with the idea of thinking more positively in order to change her circumstances, but ultimately uses her smoky voice to to sneer at the conception that not thinking poor could change her predicament.
Though written in the late summer of 2019 in a hurried moment before leaving for a work shift before a gig, Heywood says she ended up humming the tune often this spring while waiting for a stimulus check to show up in the mail. It became a dry joke: "Letter Day will come soon."
"Everyone deserves the freedom to pursue their passions. Letter Day is a song about the burning desire to pursue your work unencumbered. It's challenging to do so when you're in a state of fight or flight, paycheck to paycheck, overpriced rental to overpriced rental. Musicians and artists accomplish incredible things under pressure. Letter day is a song about grinding, acknowledging that being broke is a cruel joke, and hoping for a break."
-- New Single PYTHON Out Now --
Claire Heywood independently released the first single "Python" from her 2020 EP I Won’t Resign My Love For That Old Dream on April 17, 2020.
The playful video for this single, made by Nosferatune, was filmed in a strangely beautiful parking garage in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Denver.
In "Python," Heywood sings with exuberance and ease. The song is about "writing off old or inherited stories you never realized you should question, and then seeing more room to be true to who you are."
The backing band on Heywood's second EP includes Wes Barton (drums), Trevor Vader (bass), Duncan Britt (keys) Michael Sandoval (guitar), Sarah Ault (backup vocals) and Becca Hannigan (guest backup vocals). It was recorded at producer Sandoval's garage studio near Heywood's home in Aurora, Colorado.