Claire Heywood is an indie songwriter with an unmistakable voice and an imagistic approach to lyric writing. One of the Colorado-based 2022 recipients of the Sonic Guild Grant, Heywood is currently using her grant to record a full-length album with producer Matt Hoffman.
After playing solo sets for small listening audiences alongside poets, comedians, and writers in Denver for several years, Heywood released an EP titled "The Wind, It Howls" to a packed house at since-closed Syntax Physic Opera in March 2019. In a review of the release, Culture Magazine wrote, "Heywood saunters through six tracks that have a simple beauty to them. An exemplary debut, definitely one to keep an eye out for."
Heywood followed with performances at Indie 102.3, Westword Music Showcase, and opened for beloved Colorado-based acts like Esme Patterson and The Velveteers.
Catch Claire Heywood July 24, 2023 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre for Film on the Rocks! Pre-show entertainment before Mamma Mia! starts at 7 pm.
FULL LENGTH ALBUM - COMING 2023
"Singer-songwriter Claire Heywood is first and foremost a poet. 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
"Heywood’s beautifully raspy and deliberate vibrato conveys emotion in a manner that even seasoned veterans struggle to achieve."
A poet as well as a songwriter, Denver-based artist Claire Heywood makes the kind of propulsive music that plays well at festivals. Her lyrics are evocative and imagistic, which reflects both her literary background and her musical influences. These include Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, and Lucinda Williams, the latter of whose presence is especially felt on the gothic-tinged “Old Soul’s Motel.” Country Queer
"Claire is a mellow and quiet performer...she exudes the confidence of an old soul. Her new single, “Crushed Lemons,” is the kind of song you can play on repeat and never get tired of it. I’ll be first in line for her 2022 shows." Greeblehaus
LISTEN TO "CRUSHED LEMONS"
LISTEN TO "PYTHON"
LISTEN TO "LETTER DAY"