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Claes Cem
Emil Meinild playing his Kehlet Concert


When songwriting becomes a life-style


If you ask Claes Cem what kind of music he plays, he will

smile and say “Modern Folk-Pop”.


Listening to his guitar-driven songs, it does not take long to

realize that his songs have been shaped by a life on the road.

His work is heavily inspired by the lyrical world of singersongwriters

such as Paul Simon, John Martyn and Darrell Scott.

It contains no frills - just pure music .

In search of these

folk influences, Cem spent years in Scotland working the

grueling grind of open mic nights combined with endless

club and bar gigs. Following the return to his native

Denmark in 2007, Claes coupled his energetic playing and

singing style with his original arrangements and began

working with other musicians who shared his passion for

original music.The result both broadened and simplified his

outlook.“After gigging with so many musicians and different

instrumentations I found out that the songs, and their

arrangements, were flexible and work well with anything

from a solo set-up to a full six-piece band. This is exciting as

it gives me far more options when performing live”, says Cem.


In addition to winning “ Best Singer ” at the 2008's

Emergenza contest in Copenhagen , Cem also returned to

Scotland the following year for a 40+ concert series.

2009 also saw the release of a new single “Freak Without a

Frame”, which brought Cem to the attention of Grammy

Award winning engineer/producer Carlos Bedoya . Bedoya's

past collaborations range from megastars like Mick Jagger,

Missy Elliot to Beyonce. Together the two have worked to

produce the just released “Californian Babe” EP which echo

the experiences Cem discovered on a recent trip to the

United States.



As he notes;

”Songwriting is an adventure in human observation.”

2010 found Claes Cem, the modern troubadour, trekking

the world musically sharing his inspirations.


Arriving in Nashville , “ Music City ”

USA – Claes met award winning music publisher , Gigi de Lugo.

After 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 Entertainment Company.
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 Nashville,TN.

Claes has already been co-writing songs for his next album

with award winning songwriters in Nashville.

The 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.


Kehlet Guitars used by Claes Cem:

Kehlet Folk Basic - Flamed Walnut

Kehlet Koncert Deluxe - Brazilian Rosewood



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Kehlet Folk Basic

Flamed Walnut


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