This talented music artist owes her meteoric rise to fame to the boundless powers of the World Wide Web. Clairo started making music and distributing it through online platforms as a teenager, and when she finally reached fame, she was more than ready for it. She became an overnight success after her self-produced single “Pretty Girl” was released on YouTube in 2017. In addition to her ever-growing popularity, Clairo received a record deal, which led to the release of her debut EP Diary 001. She has indeed proven to be the one and only and not just a flash in the pan.
Clairo: Bio, Age
Best known under her stage name Clairo, this music star was born on August 18, 1998, as Claire Cottrill. She grew up in Carlisle, Massachusetts. As a young teenager, she learned to play the guitar through online tutorials and eventually began performing covers of popular songs. She shared these covers on online platforms such as Bandcamp, SoundCloud, and YouTube and became quite popular.
Among her earlier successes, Clairo was approached by MTV to create a theme song for one of her shows, but the song was never used. The talented singer finally won the jackpot with her own original song “Pretty Girl”, which was uploaded to YouTube in August 2017. The video spread quickly, attracting millions of viewers in a relatively short period of time. A few older songs she had shared earlier also caught the attention of the audience and proved that the young music star is not just a one-hit-wonder.
According to Clairo, the song “Pretty Girl” was originally recorded for the Transgender Law Center, a US-based, transgender-led civil rights organization. Her skyrocketing online popularity got her the attention of several major record companies, but she eventually decided to sign a 12-song record deal with Fader Label, a New York-based independent label. She was also signed to a talent agency called Haight Brand.
In 2018 she released her debut EP Diary 001, which included her breakout single “Pretty Girl” and two more “Flaming Hot Cheetos” and “4Ever”. Also in 2018, she released two more singles “Better” and “Drown” in addition to the soundtrack to the movie Skate Kitchen. In 2018, the talented musician began her first North American tour, on which she also appeared as a support act for the English singer Dua Lipa.
While working on her second EP entitled Dawn EP, Clairo released several singles for 2019, including “Sis”, “Bubble Gum” and “Throwaway”. Her performance at the Coachella Festival 2019 will be billed.
Family Life: Who is Clairo’s Dad?
Her mother, Allie Cottrill, is a photographer and designer, while her father, Geoff Cottrill, is an established marketing executive. He began his career after graduating from Florida State University in 1985 with a degree in economics and spent over a decade with the Procter & Gamble Company as a sales and marketing director. He spent another nine years as head of the entertainment marketing team at The Coca-Cola Company.
He also served as a top marketing executive for the American shoe company Converse. Mr. Cottrill has also served on the board of organizations such as the Institute of Contemporary Art and the MusiCares Foundation, a Grammy Award charity.
Although her career is still relatively young, Clairo has faced some major controversies. She has been criticized in several circles for claiming to be a “do-it-yourself” artist while benefiting from her father’s extensive connections in the showbiz industry. It was claimed that her record deal with the Fader label was based on her father’s association with the related magazine The Fader Magazine. Clairo, for her part, has denied all allegations that her career may have been built through nepotism.
Other Facts About The Musical Artist
– Claire Cottrill aka Clairo was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis at the age of 17.
– The sexuality of this music star can be considered a grey area. Although she has never claimed to be gay, she has shown that she is “not entirely” heterosexual.
– It is not possible to conclude that the singer is either gay or heterosexual as long as she does not make any clarifications in this regard. There is also the possibility that she prefers not to label her sexuality. However, it is known that she is very supportive of the LGBT community.