Cam Engine

Cam Engine


"Disarmingly soothing, melodically haunting..Cam Engine charted as high as #2 on the IUMA 'Easy Listening' Charts, stayed in their top 40 for 4 solid months. "..a spring water clear voice ranging from a country-tinged Carly Simon to a younger more focused Grace Slick"..


Claire Machado is a graduate of San Jose State University with a BA in Creative Arts. She has performed regularly in the San Francisco Bay Area since the 1980's.

Prior to starting Cam Engine, her first solo project, Claire performed as the keyboard player for the Mark Castro Band and wrote the lyrics to several MC favorites: On My Way, No More Games, One Lifetime, Nightbird, Losing Ground, Long Distance, and I'll be with you.

Songwriting since the age of 13, Claire believes her songwriting talent comes from her paternal grandfather who was well known on the island of Terceira for 'fado' singing, in an impromptu ballad format. Claire has enjoyed singing since the age of 2.
Her influences include: Jim Croce, Johnny Cash, The Beatles, Daniel Fogelberg, Joan Baez, Dolly Parton, Cher, Olivia Newton-John, Helen Reddy, Anne Murray, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, Foreigner, Journey, Queen, The Eagles, The Stones, Pink Floyd, Annie Haslam, Annie Lennox, Elton John, Jimi Hendrix, Peter Gabriel, Sting, Stevie Nicks, Grace Slick, Karen Carpenter, James Taylor, Paul Thorn, Slaid Cleaves, Darden Smith, Natalie Merchant, Beth Hart, Tasmin Archer, Rico Reyes (percussionist/singer/songwriter from Santana), Dave Brown and Inner Circle.


With Perfect Speed and Motion

Written By: Claire Machado

I've spent most of my life here, on the ocean; and I feel the waves beneath me, as they're rollin'. I'm surfin' free, droppin' in, and I'm going... It's underneath the lip I feel most welcome..

My life has been through, oh, so many changes; but the sea and the surf's been there for ages.. She calls to me, to wrestle with my nature. On my own, on my board, on the water...

Surfin' free,
droppin' in and I'm going..
making all my moves with perfect speed and motion;
Ridin' out, smooth and cool, and I'm flowing'.. making all my moves, with perfect speed and motion...

Come my friends, the surf is here,
Grab your boards, let's have some fun, on the ocean... with perfect spead and motion....

Out here on my board, I have no problems; and if my mind has any questions, it resolves them; 'cause,

I'm surfin free, droppin in and I'm going, making all my moves with perfect speed and motion; Ridin' it out, smooth and cool, and I'm flowing, making all my moves, with perfect speed and motion...

Come my friends, the surf is here,
Grab your boards, lets have some fun on the ocean...with perfect speed and motion...

With perfect speed and motion..
With perfect speed and motion....


Lavender CD single, IUMA
Unleaded CD,

Her most popular and unusual progressive track, "101 California (Dream with the Angels) is still downloaded over 100 times per month at the website. It was written after an infamous assault rifle shooting in a San Francisco highrise, one of the first on the West Coast.

Set List

My sets include 80% of my own material and 20% covers. I usually perform two 45 minute sets as a solo artist.

I generally play songs from my CD:
What Might Have Been
Full Circle
Between the Sun and the Moon
Blue Roses
Hallowed Ground
Don't Give Up (Parky's Song)

and I add others like:
I'll Say Goodbye to you, my friends
Road ('Til I'm Home)
Double Lives
With Perfect Speed and Motion

and then I include the cover from the CD
Let's Get Together - C. Powers
with others like:
Which Way are you Going - J. Croce
The King's Song - J. Croce
Leaving on a Jet Plane
Someday Soon - J. Collins