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"A gorgeous debut...both relaxing and captivating." Culture Magazine
"With such a strong introduction to the music scene, it’s clear that Heywood’s is a voice that refuses to go unnoticed." 303 Magazine
"A flair for tension and release through thoughtfully measured words and melodies" Denver Westword
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Claire Heywood is a Denver-based songwriter known for her smoky voice and thoughtfully-measured lyrics.
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. The release was followed by airplay on KTCL 93.3 and Indie 102.3. Heywood's set at the Underground Music Showcase was named one of the best of the weekend by 303 Magazine.
After a busy year of live shows promoting her first release, Heywood is excited to release the first single from a 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.
Heywood's material continues to draw on multiple genres, with songs leaning toward 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.
-- New Single PYTHON Out April 17 --
Claire Heywood will independently release the first single "Python" from her 2020 EP I Won’t Resign My Love For That Old Dream on April 17.
The playful video for this single, made by Nosferatune, was filmed in a strangely beautiful parking garage in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Denver. The video also features Heywood's friend and backup vocalist Becca Hannigan.
In "Python," Heywood sets down the sense of longing in her voice and 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."
Heywood moves into new territory as a songwriter in this collection, addressing topics from shedding old narratives to navigating money problems. Still, she doesn't leave songs of longing out of the mix.
The backing band on Heywood's second EP includes Wes Barton (drums), Trevor Vader (bass), Duncan Britt (keys) Michael Sandoval (guitar), Becca Hannigan (backup vocals), and Sarah Ault (guest backup vocals.)