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"'A Love Letter to Lena' is a remarkable document. It is more than a recording, it is a testament!"
  —Dick Hyman, pianist and composer

 "I love your recording. Lena would love it, too."
  —Rodney Jones, musical director/producer for Lena Horne

"Each time I listen, I have a new favorite, but your performance on 'Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child' gets me every time. Beautiful project by a beautiful soul."
 —Regina Carter, violinist, MacArthur "Genius" award recipient

"Over a century after the birth of Lena Horne, how gratifying to see her legacy perpetuated with as much musicality, originality, heart, and fighting spirit as Clairdee shows on this album."
 —James Gavin, author of Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne

"Stand Up", the first music video release from Clairdee's new album "A Love Letter to Lena" is here!

News & Reviews

Streaming Concert 7.11.20

Freight at Home presents Clairdee and pianist Ken French in concert from their home in San Francisco. Relax and enjoy the music from the comfort of your home. You can watch and make a donation to support this online event…

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Music Video Premiere 7.6.20

Catch the premiere of "Stand Up," the first music video from Clairdee's "A Love Letter to Lena", Monday, 7.6.20 on YouTube. As we count down to the premiere, take a look at the trailer.

Soothing the Soul

What eight music makers turn to when they crave comfort.

It’s no secret that music can deliver a powerful attitude adjustment, elevating your mood, soothing frayed nerves or simply injecting some joy into a bad day. 

No one knows that…

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Pop Magazine (Berlin)

“An exquisite collection of songs paying homage to the late Lena Horne, adorned with sincerity, musical artistry, and heartfelt emotion in every soulful note. ‘A Love Letter To Lena’ is reflective, emotional, uplifting and inspiring as much as it is…

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LA Jazz Scene

“A wonderful tribute to Lena Horne that takes on a life of its own. Clairdee’s warm and tender vocals are perfect...the band is tight and thematic throughout every nuance delivered by Clairdee... This music is a celebration of life and…

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Pop Culture Classics

“Like Lena Horne, Clairdee's vocals are pleasingly smooth and elegant. Her versatility and fabulous phrasing make each of her recordings memorable. Emotional and expressive, Clairdee's singing has a powerful effect…The album is a worthy homage to a great artist.” (…

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Jazz Notes

“A powerful call to action from the singer and her wide-ranging band.” (full review)
—Ken Franckling

Jazz Weekly

“Clairdee delivers an intriguing tribute to icon Lena Horne... This album makes you yearn for a movie to accompany the story and songs.” (full review)
—George Harris