Award-winning Australian Singer-songwriter Claire whiting is known for her stunning voice, unforgettable songs and live performances that bridge an emotional connection with her audience. Whiting writes Folk/ Pop songs which offer irresistible melodies and insightful lyrics, on life, love and imaginary stories. Claire grew up on an isolated farm in Tasmania with two struggling artists, attending gallery openings from the age of 6 and stealing wine and cheese from underneath tables.
Claire’s earliest memories of music were, being inspired by Kate Bush and Fleetwood Mac in the ‘Midnight Dancing’ sessions her mother would stage their paddock. Claire is one Australia’s most recognised emerging musical talents, who has toured the country supporting artists such as The Fauves, Kate Miller Heidke, Jackie Marshall, and Diana Anaid.
After selling over 4000 copies of her first and second EP, Claire went on to release her third EP Simple Gifts, which was commercially released through New York based distribution and synchronisation company Orchard mid 2009. ‘Simple Gifts received regular airplay on Triple J, 4ZZZ, ABC 612, an award nomination for best song in a short film in Bryan Brown’s ‘The Reel Deal’ film festival, Sydney, and nominated in the 2006, and 2007 Q Song awards.
In 2009 Claire paired up with legend Producer/Engineer Jeff Lovejoy to work on her debut album L'ouef, known for his work with Regurgitator, The Cruel Sea, Resin Dogs, Powderfinger, and Tex Perkins. L'ouef offers soulful folk songs, and picked up a best song award in the Queensland song awards with hypnotic track 'Heavy Stuff'.
Claire then went on to form Brisbane based ten piece Inland Sea with nine fellow musicians, who then went on to release Traitor in 2010. Traitor‘s lead single All Fall Down garnered high-rotation on Triple J, as well as an International Songwriting Award. 2012 saw them perform at Laneway, Peats Ridge, Rics Big Backyard, Playground Weekender, and Big Day Out festivals, as well as supporting the John Steel Singers/Jonathan Boulet Here’s Johnny tour and the sold out Passenger Flight of the Crow tour.
After a very successful Big Sound performance which saw the band gain a stellar review in NME Magazine and airplay on BBC Radio 1, Inland Sea then released a new single “Words Are Circles” which was released on limited edition 7 inch vinyl. Inland Sea then curated the ‘Quietest Music Festival’, and shortly after went on to tour the UK in May 2012, encompassing The Great Escape and Liverpool Sound City Festivals.
“A modern day Joni Mitchell isn’t far from the truth. What would a young Joni Mitchell be doing in the world today? Ask Claire Whiting” - Michael Flanders
“Inland Sea bring the sweat-soaked Zoo to a tear-inducing silence.” – Jen Long, NME Magazine, September 2011
"Five-part harmonies, great instrumentation and most importantly fabulous songs" - Time Off Magazine
“"...swelling dynamic that is hard to hate" - Richard Kingsmill, Triple J
“Inland Sea’s sound in their debut EP Traitor is rich with texture, and all of it is interwoven into the songs gently and purposefully.” – Fasterlouder
“...amazing musicianship and cohesion that only a large group of talented musicians could possibly possess.” – The Dwarf
“...downright beautiful” – Rave
“All Fall Down - 1st Prize in the Unsigned category” - International Songwriting Competition