By LILY TINOCO | Reporter
Palisadian Claire Nordstrom has joined The Draycott for a musical residency—and you can catch her there until July.
Nordstrom has extensive experience in performing arts, from being a part of the Palisades Adderley School since she was in kindergarten to singing alongside Andrea Bocelli at his induction to the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the National Anthem at an NFL game when she was just 13 years old.
Since then, she has licensed music to television, to shows like “The Royals” on E! and CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful.”
She has also performed at private events and The Nice Guy in West Hollywood.
Now, she’s happy to be performing close to home.
“It’s really fun and it’s a really special experience,” Nordstrom said to the Palisadian-Post.
Nordstrom first performed at The Draycott during the holidays, where she sang Christmas classics.
“I booked her first actually to sing Christmas carols and it was such a magical evening, she has the voice of an angel,” said Marissa Hermer, co-owner of The Draycott. “I thought we should do this more, not just for the holidays.”
And the rest is history.
Nordstrom will be singing in The Draycott’s lounge the first and third Monday of every month until July 20. She brings classics like Frank Sinatra’s “I Get a Kick Out of You” and Billy Joel’s “Just the Way You Are” with her pianist Clark Harris.
“I think having someone who has such an incredible voice, who sings all of the classics, brings new people to The Draycott,” Hermer said to the Post. “And I love that, I love meeting new friends and neighbors.”
Nordstrom shared that she and Harris have been working together for roughly 13 years, exploring musical theater and opera, and have naturally progressed to where they are now. Nordstrom described Harris as the “mastermind” behind their musical arrangements.
“I love the idea of taking a more modern song, like by Paul McCartney, and making it sound older,” Nordstrom said. “At The Draycott, I sing ‘Silly Love Songs,’ but it sounds like something the Carpenters would sing, so Clark and I have worked together on that … it’s very collaborative.”
Hermer advises booking reservations for the Mondays that Nordstrom is performing in advance because she really draws a crowd,
“She’s such a light … We’re delighted to have her as part of The Draycott family,” Hermer shared. “She really brings a new level of entertainment.”
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