Clara Kousah

"Whatever youíre expecting, put it to one side. There are a million and one female singer-songwriters out there, and most of them are lovely. But then there are some that are trying to break out of that mould, or were never in it. Thatís where Clara Kousah comes in."

Raised in East Anglia by a Lebanese father, Clara Kousah played piano, violin, organ and flute from the age of 7, before pestering dad to get her an electric guitar at 13. After learning a few AC/DC riffs she quickly gave up covering other people's music in favour of writing her own songs.

In 2001, on returning to Cambridge after 3 years of studying Physics in London, she performed at The Boat Race and was taken under the wings of experienced local musicians including Rob W Jackson (Boo Hewerdine, The Broken Family Band) and Sam Inglis (Sound On Sound magazine, The Morning People).

Late in 2006 Clara was invited by the Arts Council funded group ESCALATOR to join their mentoring scheme on the strength of a demo EP, which in turn lead to meeting acclaimed Napalm Death producer Russ Russell. The pair connected immediately and started work on Claraís debut album. Some initial recording was carried out at Foel Studio in Wales, with the remainder produced at Russís new home Parlour Recording Studio in Kettering during 2007 with the help of drummer Ross Andic and bassist Richard Bullen.

To promote the record - which was released August 18th through small indie label Imprint Records - Clara is performing both solo and with band members Richard Bullen and David Gane throughout the UK and beyond.

Her gig highlights over the past year include supporting Mark Morriss of The Bluetones on his acoustic tour, and Tina Dico of Zero 7.
She has also supported internationally acclaimed artists such as Toni Catlin, Doug Hoekstra, James Apollo and Cherry Ghost, and shared gigs with up-and-coming Cambridge troupe Hamfatter and celeb-turned-singer/songwriter Tara Palmer-Tomkinson!

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