songwriting becomes a life-style
you ask Claes Cem what kind of music he plays, he will
and say “Modern Folk-Pop”.
to his guitar-driven songs, it does not take long to
that his songs have been shaped by a life on the road.
work is heavily inspired by the lyrical world of singersongwriters
as Paul Simon, John Martyn and Darrell Scott.
contains no frills - just pure music .
search of these
influences, Cem spent years in Scotland working the
grind of open mic nights combined with endless
and bar gigs. Following the return to his native
in 2007, Claes coupled his energetic playing and
style with his original arrangements and began
with other musicians who shared his passion for
music.The result both broadened and simplified his
gigging with so many musicians and different
I found out that the songs, and their
were flexible and work well with anything
a solo set-up to a full six-piece band. This is exciting
gives me far more options when performing live”, says Cem.
addition to winning “ Best Singer ” at
contest in Copenhagen , Cem also returned to
the following year for a 40+ concert series.
also saw the release of a new single “Freak Without a
which brought Cem to the attention of Grammy
winning engineer/producer Carlos Bedoya .
collaborations range from megastars like Mick Jagger,
Elliot to Beyonce. Together the two have worked to
the just released “Californian Babe” EP which echo
experiences Cem discovered on a recent trip to the
is an adventure in human observation.”
found Claes Cem, the modern troubadour, trekking
world musically sharing his inspirations.
in Nashville , “ Music City ”
– Claes met award winning music publisher ,
Gigi de Lugo.
hearing his songs and getting to know what a vibrant and
unique artist Claes is, Gigi signed Claes to a songwriter/publisher
agreement and a record deal through her Tropic Heat Studios
Gigi is a fourth-generation islander
from the U.S. Virgin Islands, a once Danish Territory, and
her Tropic Heat Studios has plans to record part of Claes'
next album on the island of St Croix and simultaneously
launch his U.S. career from both the Virgin Islands and
has already been co-writing songs for his next album
award winning songwriters in Nashville.
album is due to be released in Spring of 2011 through Tropic
Heat Studios in the United States and Your
Favorite Records in Denmark. Following the
release of the album a U.S. tour is being scheduled that
will take Claes across the U.S. and to Denmark , and Europe.
Guitars used by Claes Cem:
Folk Basic - Flamed Walnut
Koncert Deluxe - Brazilian Rosewood