The Cloers
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The Cloers

Denver, North Carolina, United States | SELF

Denver, North Carolina, United States | SELF
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"Charlotte Music Awards - Singer/Songwriter Showcase winner - The Cloers"

Putting these four songs together and delivering them with the emotion, power, and grace that the Cloers possess is the story of their selection as 2010's Best Singer-Songwriter at this Charlotte Music Awards showcase.
- Monty Chandler -

"Hard Work Pays Off for Married Duo"


By: CW Editor-Chris Montgomery

I spent two weeks with John and Cate Cloer inside my Volkswagon bus. It was actually their CD.

Each of the compositions, well-written and acoustically sound, brought a fresh approach to telling age-old stories. “Wanderlust” is a good example of their synergy. The Cloers make capturing familiar moods and feelings sound so easy.

“I’m so eaten up with wanderlust, I can’t put down any roots/ In one place too long, I itch to move on, dust off my walkin’ shoes/ Everyone wonders when we’ll settle down/ And find ourselves a sleepy, little town… I don’t need a lot of things, they only rust/ All I really need, is to chase the wanderlust.”

Our local music scene seems as effortless. I can’t remember another time when we were surrounded with such a variety of talent. As stated in previous columns, Sound Check’s mission is to pass these findings on to others near, far and all points in between.

Passion should be obvious in everything we do. We should revel from the mundane to the extraordinary. The Cloers display this kind of passion. The songs are never mundane and always extraordinary.

Sound Check wishes to emulate the same kind of drive and enthusiasm. We want to grow the fan bases of the bands we profile. Ultimately, we strive to be a conduit between the reader and musician.

Mooresville Weekly remains your source for homegrown tunes and the artists who create them. Always about the music, Sound Check welcomes your input. Please forward us the latest gigs, happenings and events. We are also interested in feature stories.

In the meantime, enjoy the vibe.

John and Cate Cloer initially formed a number of bands before realizing their strengths as a duo during the summer of 2009. The native Charlotteans eventually married and live in Denver.

As any marriage suggests, John and Cate write as a team, something they foresee as “never changing.” Browse the internet and you will discover their busy schedule. The Cloers perform across North Carolina, returning to venues as old friends. When not touring, they stay active with organizations like Broadcast Music Inc., Nashville Songwriters Association and Folk Alliance International.

If that’s not enough, the pair has produced an album due out in spring 2012.

The Cloers were recently awarded a grant by the Arts and Science Council. They have been named Charlotte Music Awards Best Singer-Songwriter and support other artists by serving on the North Carolina Songwriters Co-op Board of Directors.

It is evident The Cloers’ work ethic dictates the measure of their success.

There are many other favorite songs in addition to “The Wanderlust.” Several of these tunes have been featured on television and public radio, including “Make Me Cry,” “I Want To Say” and “The Best Ones.” Social media has helped strengthen John and Cate’s following.

Their website,, allows access to a monthly newsletter, streaming video, photos, discussion forums and company store. YouTube, ReverbNation, Facebook and Twitter also engage listeners at all levels.

Although the band’s line-up is limited, their talent is overwhelming. Cate holds court as lead singer, playing the concertina and keyboard. John accompanies his wife with backing vocals and the acoustic guitar. He hopes to add the banjo and upright bass to the mix as soon as possible.

The two have brainstormed starting a full band comprised of top-notch musicians for special occasions.

To see The Cloers’ next performance, mark your calendar for Saturday, Dec. 31. The group has been selected to play for First Night Charlotte. Go to for more details.

Book them for your next event by writing Velvet Rope Records, P.O. Box 2280, Denver, N.C. 28037 or emailing
- The Mooresville Weekly

"Tosco House Party filled with musical talent"

The Cloers - John and Cate - shared their songwriting talents on their two songs as well as a third during an encore performance requested by John (Tosco) at the end of the evening...damn that girl can sing! -


The Wanderlust Acoustic Demo Project
The Wanderlust Full Production CD Project



The Cloers are John and Cate Cloer, an award-winning, husband and wife acoustic duo. Influenced by folk, rock, pop, and country, their songs display an engaging blend of modern pop melodies and tight harmonies, supported by Cate's crystalline country-rock vocals and John's percussive acoustic guitar style. Known for their pensive lyrics and well-crafted songs, The Cloers continue to captivate audiences by combining their passion for writing with an enthusiasm for storytelling and live performance.

John and Cate Cloer are recipients of two Regional Artist Project Grants (Arts and Science Council, ASC and the United Arts Council), were named Singer-Songwriter of the Year by the Charlotte Music Awards, and have been juried into the NC Arts Council's Touring Artist Directory for 2012-2014 as featured performing songwriters for the state of North Carolina. Also, they have supported other artists in their community by serving on the Board of Directors for the NC Songwriters Co-op as well as on local Cultural Arts Grant Panels.

The Cloers play in a wide variety of venues such as listening rooms, performing arts centers, festivals, house concerts, and corporate events, and are available as a duo or as a full band. As a duo, The Cloers are Cate on lead vocal, and concertina or piano on select tunes, with John on backing vocals, acoustic guitar, and upright bass on select tunes. As a full band, The Cloers are comprised of Cate and John, as above, along with their band including fiddle, bass guitar, drums, banjo, mandolin, and electric guitar.

John and Cate have recently completed their debut full-production CD project, The Wanderlust, with producer, Chris Rosser. This recording features folk instrumentation in combination with The Cloers pop/rock songwriting, blended with a full-textured, layered production style. The CD is available for sale through their website as well as through iTunes. You can learn more about The Cloers and hear a sample of their music at For booking inquiries, please contact John Cloer at

Affiliations and Associations:

Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)
The North Carolina Presenters Consortium (NCPC)
The North Carolina Songwriters Cooperative (NCSC)
Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI)
Folk Alliance International
The Charlotte Folk Society
Wilkes Folk Society
Arts NC