Claudia Edward & Naked Chords

Claudia Edward & Naked Chords

 Gros Islet, Gros-Islet, LCA
BandRockReggae

Claudia and Naked Chords are an amazing group of muscians with naked energy when on stage. Their energy during a performance is contageous and leaves you wanting more.

Biography

Claudia Edward - Biography
Claudia has been performing professionally since the age of 14, starting out as a lead choir singer and moving into the hotel circuit as lead vocalist for Magic Circle Express and Tricepts.

Never one to sit back on her laurels, Claudia and her band "Naked Chords" recently released their latest album "Mic Check" and music video for the single, "I Wish". This album reflects the many changes in her life while trying to incorporate a feel for the island’s unique and multiple cultures. The 10 track album also features International Grammy winning performer Beenie Man, in the song "Bad Girl".

In 1997, Claudia started developing her vocals by enrolling in voice training classes in New Jersey. She later returned to her homeland St. Lucia, and continued on the hotel circuit, performing in major shows, cocktails and special functions.

In 1998 Claudia was featured on a single by one of the most popular soca bands in the region - Square One out of Barbados, singing alongside the undeniable Caribbean Queen of soca, Alison Hinds. Their song “Electricity” became extremely popular in the English, Dutch and French Antilles.

Claudia released her very first EP in 1999, which featured the songs “Sha La La” and a remake of Shania Twain's “Still the One”. The tracks became very popular, literally making this young singer a household name in St. Lucia.

Upon recognition of her work, Claudia was nominated for “Best Female Artist of the year” in the “St. Lucia Fine Arts Awards”. She deservingly gained her first award for her role in the entertainment industry in St. Lucia.

Claudia Edward has never looked back since then, attributing all her success and endless opportunities to her career as a radio personality for over five years, and her unquenchable thirst for creating music and being on stage.

To date, she has performed in Barbados, Costa Rica and in the neighboring French Isle of Martinique on several occasions, where her fluent French (she studied in Paris, France) has made her an instant hit in the French territories.

In 2002 Claudia appeared for the first time on the St. Lucia Jazz stage – a veritable coup for local artistes - alongside Vincent Small Lewis. She later accompanied him to Grenada for the Spice Jazz Festival, and in 2003, Claudia made her solo debut at the annual St. Lucia Jazz Festival performing during Teatime Jazz at La Place Carenage. It was there she gave her fans and the audience a preview of her last CD “Dedication”, with the song “Don't Wanna”.

In August 2003 the CD “Dedication” was launched featuring nine original tracks including a remix of “Sha La La”. The album also includes “Don't Wanna” which has a video to go with it. The songs “Lost Without You” and “How Could You” were also quite successful on the local and regional markets.

2005 was a twist for the young artist, as she toured Europe with Nobel Laureate Sir Derek Walcott; an unbending talent master who fell in love with her voice, her charm and her smile and set her as the lead vocalist in his play “The Odyssey”, playing the major role in Sir Derek’s “Helen of Troy”.
She recently played the role of "Lady in Red" in the play, "For Colored girls"

This is proof enough that while Claudia is no stranger to the stage, her talent is multi-faceted and unlimited as she is a seasoned entertainer in both music and drama. Her work goes beyond sessions with St. Lucian musicians, as Claudia has done numerous session work with musicians abroad.

In 2009, impressed with her performance and her ever-growing repertoire, organizers of St. Lucia Jazz had Claudia back again, this time performing with her very own band, “Naked Chords” at Tea Time Jazz and Jazz on the Green – an upscale private annual Jazz fundraiser put on by the St. Lucia Golf Club.

Throughout her singing career, Claudia has tapped into every experience in her life, the bittersweet to the downright painful, drawing her emotions and giving flight to them through song.

One of her all time favorite pieces: “Unconditional Love” was penned for her father, who she lost at a young age and whose absence she admits to feeling deeply to this day.

A writer in her own right, Claudia writes most of her own material collaborating with internationally renowned St. Lucian musicians as well.

To say Claudia Edward is an accomplished singer is very much like a gross understatement as she has proven over the years that she is more than that. A “consummate performer” would be closer to hitting the mark as she has definitely made her mark on stage in so many ways.

Claudia and her band were selected to perform on the main stage of the St Lucia Jazz Festival 2010 and have since been receiving invitations to perform at other events.
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Discography

I Wish you were here
Hey Boy
Bad Girl
Longing