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Growing up in tiny Two Buttes, Colorado (population: 43), Clare Dunn spent countless hours driving a tractor helping plow and plant the family farm, herd cattle and haul water, while simultaneously sharpening her ears on a wide range of uninterrupted music piping through her earphones.
She immersed herself in classic rock and country records — lots of Bob Seger, Tina Turner and Mick Jagger titles among them and, thanks to a background in competitive hip-hop dance, there was a lot of Top 40, Hip-Hop and R&B.
“Dance still informs so much about my songwriting and producing so when I’m making music, a lot of times, depending on the song, I think about it from a dance perspective: energy, movement, beats, musicality and phrasing,” says Clare.
For all of her sonic sensibilities, the aspiring artist lived in a town without places to play live shows, and she had no idea how to pursue her dream after high school until she discovered the music business program at Belmont University in Nashville. While the private school was out of her family’s price range, it didn’t stop Clare from earning her tuition money by driving a silage truck for harvest back in her hometown. . .