[Spotlight] Anne-Claire releases new single
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Greensboro-based musician and artist “Anne-Claire” Niver released her new single “Give It Up” on July 20.
“Give It Up” is the first full song on the new album I Still Look For You, set to come out on Aug. 3.
Anne-Claire said the album is about getting over grief and coping with loss. She said “Give It Up” is specifically about the loss of her grandmother, whom she had a close bond with. When she lost her grandmother, she felt immense grief and vulnerability.
“Her death was a shock and surprise to everyone in the family,” Anne-Claire said. “I’ve been writing music for a while now, and I was really thrown through a loop artistically at this time too, because I did not know that most of songwriting is very vulnerable and I wasn’t in the position where I wanted to willingly make myself vulnerable and open myself to start writing again.”
She said “Give It Up” is sort of a mantra, and the song captures the soul and is “the thesis to the rest of the album.”
“Grief is so out of your control, it comes out of nowhere,” she said. “Getting brave enough to write from that place was a huge step and I am really glad I did ultimately. I was gifted with these songs coming to me as a result of putting myself in receptive, open and vulnerable place.”
The single was recorded at Fidelitorium Studios in Kernersville by recording engineer Jeff Crawford and produced by Alex Bingham. The song features her whole band consisting of Charles Cleaver on keyboard, David Dollar on guitar, Ryan Johnson on guitar, Alex Bingham on bass, Dan Faust on drums/percussion and special guest Chad Eby on saxophone.
“This song is something I would say to myself,” she said. “I was dealing with the loss of my grandmother, and this whole album isn’t about every stage of grief but it is definitely a lot of things that came up for me during the period.”
The album will come out on Aug. 3, and there will be a release show happening on Aug. 31, 7 p.m. at The Crown at the Carolina Theatre. In Carrboro, there will be a release show at Cat’s Cradle on Aug. 4. To purchase the single (it is only $1!) or to pre-order the album, visit www.anneclairemusic.com. Follow her on Facebook to stay updated on her future shows and other news.