Claire Petrie Biography




Country music is a genre marked by its stories of real life. Claire Petrie’s charm, warm wit and passion for people make her a genuinely natural fit in the traditional country world. Her voice is a welcome “new old friend” on the music scene.


   Raised in a large musical family in Saratoga Springs, New York, music has been a constant companion for this Playback Records recording artist. “My mom was a classical pianist and accomplished drummer. Dad was very bluesy on the piano and they passed down their love of music to us,” Claire says.


 When she was in her early teens, her parents formed a family band with all six of their children. That experience surely provided the foundation for Claire’s dynamic and comfortable stage presence. From that early family band to a recording deal as young adult, and even through times in her life when music may not have been front and center, Claire has always carried a passion for singing. It is a passion that has found a home with Playback Records and a new album, The One, produced in Nashville by country music industry veteran, Jack Gale.


With the release of this new project, Claire becomes a true inspiration for those dreamers everywhere - those who always wanted to make their dream come true. Since her release, she has been featured in distinguished outlets including United Stations Radio Networks, Digital Rodeo, Radio Waves International, All About Country, CMR Nashville, Viva! NashVegas, Music Industry News Network, The Country Startpage, Country Music News International, among others.


Featuring 11 songs and impressive vocal versatility, Claire has a range that allows her to reach a soaring upper register, and also resonate with a rich, bluesy lower range. Her characteristic optimism and warmth shine through and she infuses every song with personality. Her ability to belt out an up-tempo tune with both power and precision is evident on the debut single – a cover of the hit song (C’est La Vie), You Never Can Tell which has been updated with contemporary country flair. She also released an official music video to this track which received thousands of views on YouTube. Her sophomore release, Somewhere Off the Map is gearing up to be a 2015 summer smash. This tune received a quick response in South America, Spain and Europe and is lighting up the airwaves on country radio in the US. The official music video, which is on YouTube, is getting great feedback.


Claire’s uncanny control and warmth are spellbinding when she turns to ballads. There is believability in her delivery that only comes from a soul with life experience. “I love ballads,” Claire asserts. “They’re a huge part of country music. I’m a words person and I connect with the message – the story – of a good ballad.”


Her appreciation for words comes across convincingly in Claire’s songwriting. She utilizes unique and sometimes surprising phrasing and descriptions; weaving identifiable emotions with carefully crafted lyrics and memorable melodies. Her songwriting reflects the honesty of her character. She is direct and cuts to the core of her subject with honest and pointed lyrics. Her lyrical genius is rooted in a soul that celebrates life, embracing both triumph and tragedy. With a love of melody, harmony, rhythm and rhyme deep within her, Claire hopes that The One will serve as a welcome rejuvenation in her music career.




Claire Petrie Quotes


“I really loved listening to her album, especially the song The One. That song is really sweet and

remains faithful to the Celtic roots, but takes on the character and flavor of Nashville. It’s

rocking. What a talented artist!” – Ralph Murphy, Vice President of International Membership at

ASCAP Nashville


“Claire and T. Graham Brown’s sincere vocals merge on the gentle yet sweeping ballad about the

thoughts and experiences of Mary and Joseph surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ [in He Would Be

King]. The song has a contemporary religious feel accompanied by a wonderful message that, as we

head into the holiday months, reminds one of the true meaning for the season.” – The Daily Country


“This sturdy country rocker romps with a steady rhythm. Petrie’s throaty vocal rides the

toe-tapping track [Somewhere Off the Map] like a pro.” – Robert K. Oermann, renowned music critic,

Music Row


“Newcomer Petrie attacks this Chuck Berry/Emmylou Harris chestnut [C’est la Vie, You Never Can

Tell] with gusto. Whoever that is working out on the squeeze box and the fiddle also do an

outstanding job.” – Robert K. Oermann, renowned music critic, Music Row


“(C’est la Vie) You Never Can Tell is a perfect example of Petrie’s powerhouse vocals. The entire

album is the kind of collection that makes for putting the album on and playing all the way

through, letting it tell a tuneful story of the artist and the listener, too. Well performed, well

produced with lovely song choices, this project is a winner.” – Digital Rodeo


“Somewhere Off The Map is fresh and fun, with a little old school country thrown in.” – South

Florida Country Music


“She did a little bit of R&B with Sunny. Displayed her blues chops with Let the Good Times Roll

and totally blew me away with her imaginative Somewhere Over the Rainbow…” – Al Kanovsky,

Jazz & Blues Florida


“Claire’s music is pretty rocking! I am definitely a fan.” – TheMusic.Reviews


“First class…!” – Country Music & Dance Magazine, UK


“Good modern country record.” – Stewart Fenwick, CelticMusicRadio, UK


“Terrific song and terrific vocals. This is exactly my taste of music.” – Marie Crichton, BBC

Radio, UK


“She nails this song [Somewhere Off The Map]” – Peter Hills, Waves Radio, France


“Somewhere Off The Map is a great song…nice vocals, catchy and sung well.” – Craig Parry,

Radio GTFM, UK


“Nice country song [Somewhere Off The Map] in the modern style.” – Jos Bierman, Radio Beverwijk,



“Somewhere Off The Map should do very well for Claire!” – Petur Rouch, Faroya Radio, Faroe Islands


“What a smash! (C’est la Vie) You Never Can Tell song is going to be big!!” – Brother Dave

Hedrick, WYDK-FM in Eufaula, AL


“There’s a lot of releases that come across the desk and this song (C’est la Vie) You Never Can

Tell stuck out! Our listeners love the song!” – Phil Nee, Program Director, WRCO-FM in Richland

Center, WI


“FINALLY, this timeless classic song has been sung right. Claire Petrie hit it way outta the park.

With a blend of the perfect voice and not overpowering blend of Cajun and country music, she

delivers (C’est la Vie) to a young country audience with a real country “zing.” I’ve heard Chuck

Berry sing it, I’ve heard Emmylou Harris sing it, and even Hugh Lawry sing it. And they’ve all done

a great job, BUT, not right, and Claire got it right!” -  Jerry Proctor, Program Director, WTYS AM-

FM in Marianna, FL


“She is very beautiful and talented woman!” – William Rodgers, Music Director, WEPG-AM in South

Pittsburg, TN


“I like to give artists not on a major label a chance to get out there. I like her fresh upbeat on

the original take of the song (C’est la Vie).” – Dave Morgan, Program Director, WORM-AM in

Savannah, TN


“Claire brings an enthusiastic, fresh, upbeat performance of a well-known song (C’est la Vie) You

Never Can Tell that makes it fun to listen to again.” – Cathy Horton, Operations Manager, WEBQ

AM-FM in Harrisburg, IL


“Both male and female listeners seem to really love this song, (C’est la Vie) You Never Can Tell!”

Chuck Kramer, General Manager, WEAG AM-FM in Starke, FL


“The production of (C’est la Vie) You Never Can Tell was fantastic, as good as anything I’ve heard

coming out of Nashville. Claire’s voice is reminiscent of Toni Tennille for me personally, as is

her great smile. The energy of the song is fantastic and she does a great job with this classic

tune.” –

Kevin Kane, Morning Show Personality, WNZF AM-FM Kix Country 98.7 in Bennell, FL


“We are playing more country classic. I’m glad to hear contemporary country flair to an old country

hit (C’est la Vie) You Never Can Tell!” – Greg Breeden, General Manager, WKTR-AM in Quinque, VA


“(C’est la Vie) You Never Can Tell is a nice up-tempo track and it fits our formal well at KQSS. It

also sounds great on the radio!” – Big John Labynski, Program Director, KQSS-FM in Globe, AZ


“(C’est la Vie) You Never Can Tell is fun and a good song to dance to!” – Stefanie Hande, Music

Director, KCGM-FM in Scobey, MT


“The song (C’est la Vie) You Never Can Tell is getting a good response. It is lighting up the

phones!” – Randall Sliger, General Manager, WJSQ-FM in Athens, TN


“I can’t help but like the song (C’est la Vie) You Never Can Tell, especially being an old Chuck

Berry fan!” – Ken Bass, KALH-FM in La Luz, NM


“(C’est la Vie) You Never Can Tell is a great remake of an old classic!” – Doug Hazelwood, Music

Director, WJJM-FM in Lewisburg, TN


“The song (C’est la Vie) You Never Can Tell has gotten good listener support and great results!” –

Mike McGiness, General Manager, KVLV-FM in Fallon, NV


"(C'est la Vie) You Never Can Tellis getting a good response from our listeners at WPYB and it will

be moving on up!" - Leon Tart, General Manager,WPVB-AM in Benson, NC



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