Born on a farm in Southeast Colorado near the Oklahoma panhandle, Clare Dunn's roots run deep in the heart of Dust Bowl country. Working cattle, hauling water, driving combines, tractors and eighteen-wheelers were all part of Clare’s everyday life from a young age. When your closest neighbor is six miles away, and many hours are spent behind the wheel of a John Deere tractor on the family farm, a strong work ethic becomes ingrained in your soul. While burning up miles hauling water to cattle, Clare dreamed of creating her own music.
Clare would drive 45 miles to school each day, and listening to Country music became a part of her daily routine. She achieved All-State basketball and volleyball recognition in high school, and after graduating in a class of eight; Clare’s chance to fully pursue her dream of a music career came with college. After a brief stint at a small college in Texas, and with the help of a very supportive family, Clare relocated to Nashville to attend Belmont University. She paid her way through college by driving a silage truck for harvest through Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska during every academic break. During the long hauls across the mid-West, she picked up a guitar for the first time, determined to master both acoustic and electric guitars. After graduating from Belmont University with honors, Dunn signed her first publishing deal as a songwriter and hasn't looked back. Involved with every aspect that goes into the creative process, from writing her debut single, "Get Out," with co-writer and producer Ben West, to playing guitars on the track, to singing background vocals for some of Nashville’s finest, including Luke Bryan’s smash hit “Country Girl (Shake It For Me),” Clare's music is a true representation of all the things that make her who she is - a farm girl with a vision and sound forged from life experiences with a deep passion for her dreams.
Clare’s innate songwriting abilities have allowed her to earn a name for herself in the songwriting community. She has written with some of the most highly regarded songwriters in both Nashville and LA, including Hillary Lindsey, Blair Daly, David Hodges, Troy Verges, busbee, Luz Rose, Angelo, Terry McBride, Brice Long, Will Hoge, Chris Lindsey, Tommy Lee James, Dylan Altman, Marshall Altman and more. A song she co-wrote, titled “Farm Life,” was recorded by Colt Ford and featured Justin Moore. The track was included on Ford’s latest album, Thanks For Listening. Dunn is currently signed to a world wide publishing agreement with BMG/Chrysalis.
In addition to making a name for herself in the songwriting community, Clare has become a seasoned touring performer. She has opened for some of the format’s biggest stars, including Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line, Colt Ford, Hank Jr., Jamey Johnson, Bob Seger and others, including award-winning Country music star, Miranda Lambert, this coming fall. She has also played at a variety of major fairs and festivals across the country.
2014 proved to be a successful year for Clare as her debut single “Get Out” made her the highest charting independent female artist on the Music Row Country Breakout chart in 10 years. Shortly after, she was featured on the cover of USA Today. The article, “Country Lassos ‘Fresh Voices,’” discussed her inclusion as one of SiriusXM’s Fresh Female Voices and announced her new single, “Cowboy Side Of You,” which is currently airing exclusively on SiriusXM The Highway.
Last year, Clare signed with renowned record label Universal Music Group Nashville. She was also named by USA Today, Boston Globe, Billboard and leading Country music website, Roughstock, as “One To Watch” in 2015 and Music Row Magazine also named Dunn as one of the publications, “Next Big Thing” for 2015.
Her debut single on MCA Nashville, “Move On,” is currently at Country radio. She is currently touring extensively and visiting radio in support of the new release. Clare’s debut EP was released Sept. 18 and is available through digital retailers. Dunn has traveled an unconventional path, but with her undeniable talent and the attention she’s already receiving, it’s clear that Clare is here to stay and that the best is yet to come.
"If it was music and I thought it was good, I listened to it. There was no picking and choosing, especially driving a tractor — you just listen to whatever radio station you can tune in."