Clare Means' latest album, Sidewalk Astronomy, debuted at #1 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter charts and #66 on the iTunes All Genres Chart.
It is a cohesive patchwork of musings on life in Los Angeles, love, forgiveness, and the recent loss of her estranged father. As Clare says, "Most of the songs on Sidewalk Astronomy were written over the course of a couple years and were sparked by a variety of moments in my life... the day I found out my father was sick, when I fell in love, when I knew my relationship was doomed, when I got my heart broken, the day my father died, and when I woke up from a strange dream about sheep." Clare’s quirky take on life is fresh and comforting at the same time.
Part of what makes Clare stand out as a performer is the unconventional path she has taken. Always a hustler, Clare made a name for herself as one of LA's most popular, hardest working street performers. She built a dedicated following by being one of the very few performers to perform almost exclusively original music. While most depend on covers to stop foot traffic, Clare learned to work on her songwriting craft and challenged herself to capture audiences using her own songs.
In September of 2015 Clare began live streaming her daily performances on Periscope. She became one of Periscope's most watched musicians and made it onto the Periscope trending list multiple times and gained over 100,000 followers on the app. Over the past 5 years Clare has toured the US and Europe. Now she live streams on various platforms including Twitch, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and Youtube. Clare's performances were featured on the front page of Reddit and Twitch (gaining over a million views) multiple times in 2022 and 2023.
Clare has also been featured in many popular online blogs and magazines including Billboard, No Depression, PopMatters, Pitchfork, American Songwriter Magazine, Buzzbands LA and Digital Music News. Also, you may have read about her and her live streaming success in the top selling books How To Make It In The New Music Business: Practical Tips On Building a Loyal Following and Making a Living As A Musician (Editions 1 and 2).
Clare's journey in music was also featured in an award winning documentary called "The Street Performer" which was shown at film festivals across the United States. It'll be released on YouTube in the fall of 2023.
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