Claire Elizabeth Cottril, professionally known as Clairo is a talented American singer-songwriter who has captivated audiences with her unique blend of Indie pop, electro-pop, indie rock, soft rock and bedroom pop. She started posting music on the internet at just 13 years old and at just 25 years old, Clairo has already made a name for herself in the music industry, gaining recognition for her introspective lyrics and dreamy melodies. With her soulful voice and relatable songwriting, Clairo has amassed a dedicated fanbase and continues to evolve as an artiste.
She rose to fame in 2017 following the release of her single “Pretty Girl”. As the daughter of famous American marketing executive Geoff Cottril, many have credited her rise to fame to her father’s influence and discredited her talent as a singer. She is signed to Fader Label and Republic Records.
In this article, we are going to delve into the life of Clairo and her artistic journey.
Claire Elizabeth Cottril, popularly known by her stage name, Clairo, is an American singer-songwriter who was born in Atlanta, Georgia where she spent the first 7 years of her life and later relocated to Seattle, Washington. After 3 years in Seattle, she relocated to Carlisle, a small town in Massachusetts before she finally moved back to her hometown of Atlanta. She was born on August 18, 1998 and is currently 25 years old. She bears the Leo zodiac sign and a true embodiment of her birth-sign, she is creative and ambitious. She is also known by the moniker “DJ Baby Benz”.
She gained the passion for music at a very early age and by the time she was 13, she had already started uploading songs on the internet. She rose to fame following the release of her single “Pretty Girl”. The song has received so much attention and it currently has over 96 million views on YouTube. Growing up, her parents were her best friends and as such, they played the key role in her passion for music. Her dad introduced her to pop music and her mother also served her up with some alternative music. Her musical inspiration comes from the Scottish Rock Band “Cocteau Twins” and she is a fan of American rapper, Travis Scott. Despite her specialisation in the Bedroom and Electro-pop genre, she is also a big fan of R&B music. She is an animal lover and has a pet dog by the name of Joanie. She is a Caucasian and she is yet to reveal her religious identity. She is very popular and successful and has a massive followers of 3.6 million followers on Instagram to show for it.
Parents and Sibling(s).
She is the daughter of Geoff Cottril and Allie Cottril. Her father is the Chief Marketing Officer at Top Golf whereas her mother is a professional children’s fashion photographer. She is not an only child. In one of her interviews, she revealed she has an older sister whom she did not share her name.
Boyfriend and Sexuality.
The singer-songwriter has kept her private life from the public domain, it is unknown whether she is single or not. However, she used to be in a relationship with Jake Passmore, a British musician. In 2018, she gathered the courage to come out as bi-sexual. She received the inspiration from her college friends who were openly gay.
She moved around a lot as a kid and as such attended different schools in different cities. However, she obtained her high school diploma at the Concord-Carlisle High School in Carlisle, Massachusetts. After high school, she went on to pursue her tertiary education at the Syracuse University in New York but dropped out after one year to pursue her music career.
The singer stands at a height of 5 feet 3 inches (160 centimetres) tall and has a body weight of 53 kilograms. Her height and weight contribute to her having a lean build and stature. She possesses a pair of blue iris and blonde hair which complements her light skin tone.
Clairo developed the passion for music at an early age as she was frequently exposed to music by her parents. Through the years, she perfected her craft and started writing songs, by the time she was 13, she had already started uploading songs on the internet. Whilst in Concord-Carlisle high school, she began uploading music to Bandcamp using the moniker DJ Baby Benz. She also began doing covers of songs of various artistes. She received an offer from MTV for a song for one of their shows but the song was never used.
Fast forward 2017, she gained massive traction following the release of her single “Pretty Girl”, the blew up on social media and it currently has over 96 million views on YouTube.
Following the success of her single and its virality, she received interests from major record labels such as Capitol Records, Columbia. She shunned all these labels and signed with The Fader Label. With her in the limelight and after the success of her hit single “Pretty Girl”, she received massive backlash on social media platforms especially Reddit where they cited her as an “Industry Plant” who gained fame due to her father’s connection, totally discrediting her talent and flair as a singer.
On May 25, 2018, she released her official debut EP under Fader Label titled “Diary 001”. That same month, she went on a North American tour and did a number of shows including a sold-out show in Bowery Ballroom in New York.
In 2019, she performed at Coachella and came out with songs such as “Bags” and on August 2 that same year, she released her first studio album titled “Immunity.
In 2020, in collaboration with a couple of friends from Syracuse University, she formed a band called “Shelly”.
On July 16, 2021, she released her second studio album titled “Sling”. The album featured tracks such as “Blouse”, the first single from the album.
In 2022, she embarked on a couple of tours such as the North American tour and the UK tour
In 2023, she released an EP titled “Live at Electric Lady”. The EP contained new versions of songs from her first two albums.
Per sources, the singer-songwriter is currently estimated to be worth $3 million as of 2023. She earned her hefty fortune from album sales, YouTube ads and views, music streams, albums sales and the sale of her “Lazy Days” and “DJ Baby Benz” merchandise.
|Claire Elizabeth Cottril
|Clairo, DJ Baby Benz
|Date of Birth
|August 18, 1998
|5 feet 3 inches