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who is marie-claire?

“congratulations on a wonderful talent, you have a beautiful voice and tone”
― Jeannette Perez, President, Global Synch & Brand Partner, Kobalt/AWAL Music

marie-claire is more than an opera singer, more than a jazz crooner, more than an actress.

 

She is the embodiment of a true renaissance creative- showing strength and finesses in several creative spheres. She successfully combined Hip-Hop beats with operatic vocals to create her hybrid sound- HipHopera. The contralto singer has also captivated jazz aficionados with her smooth renditions of timeless standards and her original work. A consummate live entertainer, she is now immersing herself fin the live theater scene where her acting and musical talents shine brightly.  

 

Raised in the Bronx New York, this Caribbean gem made her musical debut at Carnegie Hall with the New York Grand Opera Company in the role of Maddalena from Verdi’s Rigoletto.  Since then, she has had further operatic performances with New York Dramatic Voices, Opera Susquehanna, and National Opera Center as well as private and charitable engagements. 

She has performed at the United Nations, Barclays Center (performing the Star Spangled Banner), Central Park Summer Stage and international events to include Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, Ocho Rios Jazz Festival (Jamaica), Cartagena Jazz Festival (Colombia) and Creole in the Park in her native Dominica.

 

Marie-claire has had notable performances at small intimate venues to include Louisiana’s famed Preservation Hall alongside the Preservation Hall All-Stars, Washington D.C's Blues Alley, and Farafina Lounge in Harlem. She is a regular performer at notable New York City musical landmarks Omar’s, Smalls Café, and Joes Pub, even curating special events such as 2019’s ‘from the deep river to mood indigo’ which was held at Joes Pub. 

 

A fearless experimenter, marie-claire has explored her various musical influences and had notable collaborations with Reggae superstar Spragga Benz (“Rastaman Chant”) and Hip-Hop act Rob Stone on whose “Chill Bill” she was featured. Their work was a part of RCA/Sony’s Out of the Comfort Zone video series. In 2010, she released her reggae-influenced EP dreamland.

 

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marie-claire has also inspired other creative and in 2011, the late iconic Jamaican singer/songwriter Bob Andy wrote especially for her the song “constellation.” In 2017, Pulitzer Prize-winning John Harbison composed a four-song cycle for marie-claire to which she added lyrics and melody. 

 

Although she made her acting debut in the 1995 movie Lovin’ Jezebel and had a short stint on Chapelle’s Show in 2004, it was not till 2017, that marie-claire fully immersed herself in acting. She made her off-Broadway debut in the play Mothers (Kraine Theater) and has had roles in others to include Rio Uphill (York Theatre), The Assassination of J. Kaissar, The Fall of Marco T. and Kleopatra and The Rise of Octavis (Theater For The New City), Resurrection (American Theatre of Actors) and Gypsy (HB Studio).

Over the years, marie-claire has supported charitable causes and events in New York and in the Caribbean and has been recognized for her musical talent and community efforts by reputable organizations to include the NAACP, Caribbean American Heritage Month, the United Nations and the New York State Senate. 

 

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, like many in the creative space, marie-claire is tapping into various virtual platforms and further expanding her reach. In June 2020, she took part in Generation Next by Angel Joy Blue, which highlighted rising stars in Opera- an event shared on Facebook and YouTube. Due to its cancellation, marie-claire was unable to debut in the Tennessee Williams play Hello Bertha as. Ever the optimist, she is keeping busy with weekly performances at West Side Variety, and Dante’s in the West Village and looks forward to joining other frontline workers in Brave Hearts for Broadway- an online concert benefiting the Actors Fund which takes place in September 2020.

 

You’ve been introduced to marie-claire plus- singer, actor and entertainer extraordinaire. Always expect to get a little more than you bargained for from this renaissance star just bursting with talent. 

Awards

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Caribbean Heritage Award

given by the City of New York.

2017 - New York.

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 NAACP Image Award

2014 - New York

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