Clairo is an American singer-songwriter. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, and raised in Carlisle, Massachusetts. Clairo began posting music on the internet at age 13. Clairo rose to prominence following the viral success of the music video for her lo-fi single “Pretty Girl” in 2017. Associated with soft and intimate vocals, she started sharing her music online as a teenager in 2013.
Table of Biography
Early life and Childhood
Clairo was born Claire Elizabeth Cottrill on August 18, 1998, in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. However, she was raised in Carlisle, Massachusetts. She holds an American nationality and belongs to the Caucasian ethnicity. Likewise, her age is 23 years old. The name of her father is Geoff Cottrill, who has worked at many prestigious companies, such as ‘Coca-Cola,’ ‘Converse,’ and ‘Starbucks’ and her mother is Allie Cottrill. However, there is no information about her siblings and childhood. Cottrill was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis at the age of 17. In 2017, Clairo began attending Syracuse University.
Claire Cottrill began recording covers at the age of 13; she often performed covers at local businesses including Blue Dry Goods. During this time, MTV contacted her to record a song to be used as background music for one of their shows, but the song was never in use. She recalled that the Shins’ Wincing the Night Away was “the first album I really completely geeked out over” crediting it as her inspiration to make music. Based on the fact that many around her told her that a career in music was unlikely she did not consider it a likely prospect and musically “kind of did whatever I wanted”.
Under the names Clairo and DJ Baby Benz, she began posting music to Bandcamp while attending Concord-Carlisle High School and went on to post covers and songs in addition to DJ mixes of rap music on SoundCloud. She also maintained a YouTube channel where she would post covers and short films. Clairo first drew wide attention in late 2017 when the video for her song “Pretty Girl” went viral on YouTube. The song was being recording for an indie rock compilation benefiting the Transgender Law Center.
According to her, she recorded the track “using the resources around me which were pretty shitty. I used to like a little keyboard that I had and I was really into ’80s pop music — my mom is obsessed with it — so it kind of inspired me to do something like that”. She attributed to interest in the video to YouTube’s algorithm system. The video became popular on vaporwave-centric Facebook groups. Another that was uploaded to YouTube a month earlier, “Flamin Hot Cheetos”, garnered 3 million views by July 2018. The success of “Pretty Girl” led to interest from major labels such as Capitol, RCA, and Columbia.
More about her career
Jon Cohen, the co-founder of The Fader, signed Clairo to the magazine’s associated record label with a 12-song record contract and introduced her to Pat Corcoran, manager of Chance the Rapper. She became a client of talent agency Haight Brand near the end of 2017. On May 25, 2018, Fader Label released Clairo’s debut record, titled Diary 001. In her review for Pitchfork, Fader contributor Sasha Geffen wrote that the EP ought to subside the “legions of naysayers who dismissed her as a one-hit fluke or an industry plant”. A piece written by Joe Coscarelli of The New York Times said that the work: “bridges both worlds, building on the coy, understated bedroom pop of ‘Pretty Girl’ and ‘Flamin Hot Cheetos’ toward sturdier numbers like ‘4EVER’ and ‘B.O.M.D.'”.
That same month she announced a headlining tour throughout North America, opening for Dua Lipa. Her July performance at the Bowery Ballroom in New Year was a sold-out show. In October 2018, she performed at Lollapalooza. She performed at Coachella in 2019. On May 24, 2019, Clairo released a new single, “Bags”, and announced her debut album Immunity. This was out on August 12, 2019, She would further release two more singles from the album “Closer to You” and “Sofia”. Following the album’s commercial success, Apple Music named Clairo an Up Next artist in August 2019.
Clairo made her television debut performing “I Wouldn’t Ask You” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in September 2019, before performing “Bags” on The Ellen DeGeneres Show a few days later. In December 2019, Clairo won Pop Artist of the Year at the 2019 Boston Music Awards for the second consecutive year, as well as Album of the Year for Immunity. “Bags” was in over 15 critics’ lists ranking the year’s top songs including Pitchfork’s and Paste’s lists of best songs of the decade. Immunity had over 10 critics’ end-of-year lists, including The Guardian, Pitchfork, Billboard, and Los Angeles Times. As of 2019, Mike Ahern and Jimmy Bui were managing Clairo.
The talented singer has a net worth of around $100,000. Singing is her primary source of income. She also earns a decent amount of money from her advertisers and sponsors.
Cottrill came out as bisexual to her fans via Twitter in May 2018. In an interview, she explained that making friends in college is what helped her to come out as they were openly gay and she was inspired by “their confidence and their willingness to be exposed”.
As of now, Clairo is single and enjoying her life. She is more focused on her singing career than being in a relationship. Whenever she is not singing or writing songs, Clairo keeps her busy studying and spending time with her family and friends.
Body Measurement and Social Media
Regarding Cottrill’s body measurement, she has a good height of 5 feet 6 inches tall. Her weight is 54 kg. Similarly, she has a pair of beautiful green eyes with brown hair. Cottrill’s original hair color is blonde. Her body measurements are 34-25-36 inches and her bra cup size is 33 C. She wears a shoe size of 5 (US). She has a fair complexion and is very beautiful.
Talking about her presence on the social media platform, Claire is quite active there. She loves interacting with her fans and followers. She has an Instagram account and a Twitter account. On Instagram, she has 2.8 million and on Twitter, she has 502.3 K followers. Being a successful singer, she obviously has her own YouTube channel where she uploads all her hard work and her creations. On YouTube, she has 1.54 million subscribers.