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Claudia Gibson’s songwriting has brought her to the Kerrville New Folk stage, invites to songwriting festivals, and 1st place in the Woody Guthrie Songwriting Contest. Her 2nd full album, The Fields of Chazy (March ‘24) was produced by Walt Wilkins. 

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Claudia Gibson’s upcoming album release The Fields of Chazy (March 2024) - produced by Texas songwriter Walt Wilkins - features tales of Acadian farmers, female outlaws, Old World immigrants and restless spirits. Claudia’s songwriting skills have brought her recognition as a Kerrville New Folk finalist, invites to songwriting festivals and competitions, and 1st place in the Woody Guthrie Songwriting Contest. An Austin, Texas resident, Claudia’s musical style runs the gamut of her past musical experience - with folk at its basis, but also including elements of rock, classical, bluegrass, Celtic and R&B - weaving a sound that is identifiable solely as her own.

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CONTACT: claudia@claudiagibson.com

SHOWS: Please click on SHOWS link.

MUSIC
Link to current music (not released until 3/1/24 - do NOT share publicly until then):
https://on.soundcloud.com/Ws8jW 

VIDEO: Click on VIDEOS link

SOCIAL MEDIA: Instagram  @claudiagibsonmusic | Facebook  facebook.com/claudiagibsonmusic 

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Claudia Gibson’s musical path to her second full-length album The Fields of Chazy has been anything but straight. From her teenage club-playing days to formal college music study to fronting bands in her 20s, Claudia never envisioned doing much else besides playing music. But life - including raising three children - had some other plans, and Claudia stepped away from performing for several years. After seeing her youngest son off to college, Claudia decided she couldn’t ignore her muse any longer, and her adopted home of Austin, Texas helped her resume songwriting and performing with a vengeance.

Claudia’s first solo album Step By Step (2016) and follow-up EP Louisiana Sky (2019) - both produced by Band of Heathens frontman Gordy Quist - contained songs that made folks sit up and take notice. Step By Step cracked the AMA radio charts and made the Roots Music Report's 2017 Top Americana/Country Album Chart.  After winning the Woody Guthrie Songwriting Contest in 2018, Claudia went on to become a finalist in the 2019 Kerrville New Folk Competition, and was chosen as a finalist and participant in several other prestigious songwriting festivals and competitions. 

The 2020 COVID shutdown and its aftermath slowed Claudia’s music career momentum, but opening for Walt Wilkins twice in 2022 and making his acquaintance again when performing at the Corpus Christi Songwriters Festival in 2023 was the start of a musical friendship that was timely and organic. Walt produced Claudia’s album The Fields of Chazy in the summer of 2023, with co-producer and engineer Ron Flynt manning the boards at Jumping Dog Studios in Austin. The album features a who’s who of some of Austin’s finest musicians, including Rich Brotherton, Chris Beall and Pat Byrne, and presents songs that weave stories about real people whose lives and narratives have impacted Claudia in profound ways.

Claudia has had numerous jobs over the years - including salesperson, truck loader, waitress, journalist, librarian, educator and mom - but only one true lifelong vocation: as a musician and songwriter. Claudia’s life experiences have helped her create songs that mine our common humanity, and that invite listeners into stories and emotions that feel familiar and relatable.

Claudia’s musical style runs the gamut of her past musical experience - with folk at its basis, but also including elements of rock, classical, bluegrass, Celtic and R&B - weaving a sound that is identifiable solely as her own. 

Highlights:

2023 Corpus Christi Songwriters Festival artist
2019 Kerrville New Folk Competition Finalist
2019 Songwriter Serenade Semi-Finalist
2019 BW Stevenson Singer-Songwriter Contest Semi-Finalist
2018 Dripping Springs Songwriter Festival artist
1st place 2018 Woody Guthrie Songwriting Contest for  “Dreamers”
Mainstage set at 2018 Woody Guthrie Festival
Step By Step - Roots Music Report's Top Americana Country Album Chart 2017
Honorable Mention, Houston Music Review writer James Killen - 2017 Southwest Regional Folk Alliance Review
Top Five Song of the Month for “Step By Step,” Songwriter Universe, May 2017
SXSW live radio performing slot, SunRadio 2017 Yeti Flagship Stage 
Featured one hour radio interviews - WBSD 89.1 FM Burlington, WI and KWVH 94.1 Wimberley, TX
1st place honors in several song categories at the 2016 and 2017 Texas Music Symposium
The Indie Bible PopScore Pick, January 2017 for "Real Love"



 

 

Photos (file download list below images)

Claudia Gibson 2024 - RedGuitar1 - for web use Photo credit: Nicola Gellman 2.79 MB
Claudia Gibson 2024 Green1 - for web use Photo credit: Nicola Gellman 3.05 MB
Claudia Gibson 2024 Green2 for web use Photo credit: Nicola Gellman 2.8 MB
Claudia Gibson 2024 - Gold1 for web use Photo credit: Nicola Gellman 2.3 MB
Claudia Gibson 2024 - Gold2 for web use Photo credit: Nicola Gellman 2.27 MB
Claudia Gibson 2024 - Gold3 for web use Photo Credit: Nicola Gellman 2.17 MB
Claudia Gibson 2024 - Gold4 for web use Photo credit: Nicola Gellman 2.29 MB
Claudia Gibson 2024 - Gold5 for web use Photo credit: Nicola Gellman 3.68 MB
2024 The Fields of Chazy - Album Cover Design: Jacqueline Thibodeaux
Illustration: Steven Noble
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Claudia Gibson - 2023 Corpus Christi Songwriters Festival Claudia Gibson performing at the 2023 Corpus Christi Songwriters Festival 173 KB
Claudia Gibson - 2023 Corpus Christi Songwriters Festival Claudia Gibson performing at the 2023 Corpus Christi Songwriters Festival 115 KB
Claudia Gibson 2022 SERFA Claudia Gibson performing at SERFA Conference 2022 - Photo: Neale Eckstein 230 KB
Claudia Gibson 2019 Songwriter Serenade Claudia Gibson - Semi-Finalist at the 2019 Songwriter Serenade - Photo credit: Olive & West 138 KB
Claudia Gibson 2018 Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival Claudia Gibson - 2018 Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival - Photo credit: Cathy Potwin Jones 252 KB
Claudia Gibson 2018 Woodyfest Claudia Gibson performing on the Pastures of Plenty main stage, Woodyfest 2018, Okemah, OK 329 KB
Claudia is a soulful storyteller and a vivid poet.”

— Gordy Quist, Producer and co-founder of The Band of Heathens

Claudia Gibson is truly a Songwriter’s Songwriter. Her musicianship and knowledge of language and story are quickly putting her in line with our great Texas tunesmiths.”

— David Lee, Grammy Nominated Songwriter

Claudia Gibson... beautiful voice and thoughtful lyrics.”

James Killen, Houston Music Revew