Equal parts Stevie Nicks and ‘Ray Of Light’-era Madonna, this Birmingham chanteuse has kept her early fans waiting patiently before stepping into the limelight. Demos on MySpace and Last FM soon showcased Maguire's impressive voice to a host of enthusiastic labels, and the Midlands girl flew stateside for meetings with Rick Rubin and shots with Jay-Z – who could see the “star quality in her eyes” - before finally settling on a deal with Universal.
The label has carefully managed the hype around their new starlet, hiding Maguire away with Cee-Lo/Kylie/Adele producer Fraser T. Smith to work on debut album ‘Light After Dark’. Recent months have seen the singer re-emerge, touring with Plan B as her debut single ‘Ain't Nobody’ was released, accompanied by a superb Breakage remix.
The secrecy will lift completely at the start of next year, which will see her tour with Hurts, before the album is finally out. Named in the BBC Sound Of 2011 longlist, and strongly tipped to be its number one, 2011 appears to be Clare Maguire’s to lose.