'one of those rare artists that comes along once in a blue moon.' - Shane Howard (Goanna).
‘One could make many a comparison when it comes to Claire Anne Taylor's voice – Janis Joplin, Joni Mitchell, early Mia Dyson, all spring to mind and all are evident in Taylor's vocal delivery. But essentially, it's hers and hers alone. Husky, smokey, velvet and barbed, it's an instrument in itself and it commands your attention’ - Sydney Morning Herald
Claire Anne Taylor grew up in Tasmania's ancient Tarkine rainforest, where she was born into her Father's hands in the family barn. Taylor and her five siblings were raised in a quaint bush home, rich with creativity and music. During her childhood, the Taylor barn was home to a family of Tasmanian Devils and some say that Taylor developed her unique, raspy singing style from nights spent listening to the devils growling beneath the floorboards.
ABC Radio's Joel Rheinberger described Claire Anne Taylor as 'the voice of Tasmania' and it is that voice with its soulful, velvet and world-worn quality that commands audiences to silence. With a distinctively emotive and powerful vocal ability that simultaneously expresses both an inner strength and a vulnerability, Taylor has garnered a reputation for her powerful live shows – tough and tender performances that see her develop an intimate rapport with fans.
Taylor has toured extensively around Australia, including two national album launch tours, a co-headline tour with William Crighton and two Festival Of Small Halls tours. She has also played at numerous festivals, including: Byron Bay Bluesfest, Nannup Music Festival, Bello Winter Music, Mullum Music Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Cygnet Folk Festival, Dashville Skyline, Illawarra Folk Festival and Dark Mofo.
After winning the Byron Bluesfest Busking Competition, Taylor relocated to Byron Bay to record her debut album, Elemental. Released in 2016, Elemental received widespread critical acclaim with The Sydney Morning Herald describing it as “strong and assured”, FATEA Magazine calling it “exceptional” and the ABC’s Rick Eaves hailing her as “a national treasure”.
Taylor released her critically acclaimed second studio album All The Words in January, 2019. Recorded in a cabin in Tasmania's Huon Valley by Chris Townend (Portishead, Silverchair, Tim Finn), All The Words is a soulful masterpiece with Rhythms Magazine revealing ‘rarely has such a warm soul been captured on record’.
Taylor's highly anticipated third studio album, recorded at MONA's Frying Pan Studios in Tasmania will be released in January, 2024.