This week we’re crushing on singer Claire Mortifee!
A west coast native, Claire Mortifee is the embodiment of a soul singer. Between her undeniable talent, her commitment to a socially conscious lifestyle, and the message of healing and self-love she projects through her work, this gal has heart and soul in more than just her music.
Born and raised in a musical family (her aunts are singers – Ann and Jane Mortifee), Claire’s yearning for the stage came at a very young age. She began to crave the stage at 5, and writing music at 12, and performing by15. It was at 17 that she discovered her affinity for the diverse sounds and cultural elements of hip-hop, soul, and R&B. In her own words, “I loved how it made me feel.”
At only 24 years old, Claire has cultivated a charismatic stage presence, an incomparable voice and honest and powerful songwriting skills. Inspired by such powerhouses as Amy Winehouse and Erykah Badu, Frank Ocean and SZA, Claire blurs the line between classical jazz and boundary pushing pop to create a sound and style all her own. Last summer she released her debut album Medicines. The record’s nine songs range from uplifting ballads to electronic nu-disco, with that confident future-soul flavor reverberating throughout. Check out her debut single “Ouroborus” here:
“My goal as an artist is to be as authentic as possible, because all I can truly offer is my experience, my story, and my perspective,” Claire says. “I’m constantly focused on deepening my embodiment of self-love and grounding, which is something I definitely encourage my audience to nurture in their own lives. To be more compassionate with themselves, and to love themselves for everything they are in this moment. In my mind, that’s the key ingredient for revolution: whole-hearted, shameless self-love.”
Speaking of love, let’s hear what Claire things about romance, shall we?
Take a read below!
What is the first thing that you notice about a potential love interest?
Their energy and their vibes. You’ve definitely got to radiate your own unique glow to capture my attention. Kind and comfortable people make me feel good, I just want to get next to them!
If there was one piece of advice you could give to other men/women out there, what would it be?
Be your full self. Don’t suppress your impulses – whether in conversation, on the dance floor, or in the bedroom. That way if you do take further steps with somebody, they’ll be right for YOU, not for your fake twin. I think this piece is really important to carry through once relationships get serious. I know I can get caught up in sacrificing parts of myself to keep my partner happy, but this only ever ends up hurting us more in the long run. So, stay true! Stay honest! You are perfect the way you are, so be proud and loud about who that is.
What’s the strangest thing someone has done to get your attention?
Groped me. If that’s not strange I don’t know what is.
Describe your love life in one word.
Gratitude. So much gratitude.
How do you keep the romance alive in your relationship?
Taking healthy space! I’ve always loved my alone time – reading books, pulling tarot cards, meditating, dancing, making art, writing songs, praying…these private moments are irreplaceable to me. I also deeply value spending time with my femme friends – sharing what’s on our hearts, going to yoga, grabbing coffee, walking, and of course more dancing! Connecting with my girls is something I definitely need on a regular basis. When either of these important aspects is missing from my life, I don’t do as well and my relationship feels it.