For CLO, there was never a Plan B, only a Plan “C.” Charismatic. Captivating. Collaborative. This Bay Area Native has been a triple threat since she was a child. Musical interest and performance have always been a part of CLO’s life, as her mother performed with the San Fransisco Ballet for ten years. CLO quickly took after her mother and has loved performing from a very young age, beginning in musical theatre when she was just 4 years old. Since then, CLO has worked hard to hone her craft as a performer, singer, poet, and songwriter. After she convinced her parents to let her graduate early, she took the leap and moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dream of being a pop singer.
Now, all of that hard work and determination has paid off. CLO has released her first single – “Blackout” – which has received over 15,000 plays in just a few days. The sound of this single is an effortless blend of pop, soul, and doo-wop, which emerged from the influences CLO had from growing up listening to legends like Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Amy Winehouse, and Fleetwood Mac. CLO says, “‘Blackout’ to me is really about empowerment through loss. The best revenge is living well, being a strong, young woman. We see all too often, especially at my age, girls being treated like trash by these men and we’re just not going to take it anymore. We grow from the pain; we’re going to live well and know our self-worth.” This is just the beginning for CLO, and she is very excited for whatever comes next.
Listen to CLO’s debut single “Blackout” here:
Q: What’s your favorite part of the song writing process?
A: I love everything about the songwriting process, I mean it’s where I get to vent all 1,000 thoughts that are constantly racing through my mind, and tell my story in a way that people can connect to!! I guess my favorite part is watching a simple beat or chord or line turn into something so big and beautiful… Turn into a real story and piece or art…Super cool.
Q: What is your favorite song to sing when you are happy and why?
A: These days all I’m singing and humming is my debut single Blackout haha!! But I know whenever I’m in a super good mood I’m probably singing a Stevie Wonder joint like Isn’t She Lovely or Sir Duke.
Q: What’s the one thing you’ve learned about yourself during quarantine?
A: Jeez I’ve had so much self discovery during this quarantine, it’s enlightening as all get out. Like I feel like I really got to know myself as an artist and a person, and prioritize what in life truly makes me happy and feeds my soul… What really gives me purpose. And that is all through the love of music.
Q: What is a perfect day for you at home?
A: I’ve been spending sooo much time at home because of the pandemic so I feel like I’ve gotten my perfect at home day on lock. It’s probably a Saturday and I get to sleep in as much as my little heart desires. I rest, do a face mask, eat good food, FaceTime with my friends and sister, do a nice workout, binge a show or movie (probably the Twilight series… such a guilty pleasure omg) with popcorn and candy… Total self care day is IDEAL haha!
Q: Where can your fans find you…
Q: On a rainy day?
A: On a rainy day you’ll find me in my feelings listening to some sza or frank ocean. Also probably writing, I love writing when it’s moody!
Q: on a lunch break?
A: On a lunch break I’ll probably be catching up on social media, connecting with my friends or my team, or planning for whatever my next task entails. Also just checking in with myself and see if I need some light meditation. I love meditating. Swear by it 🙂
Q: when you want to connect with nature?
A: When I want to connect with good ole mother nature I typically drive up through the canyon, up Mulholland and go to a secret lookout spot I have… I can see over all of LA, the ocean, the city, the hills… It makes me feel super grounded and at peace. I also do a lot of writing up there. Or I go on a nice hike through Griffith Park, or drive up the PCH… Ah Los Angeles… City living!!
Q: when you need creative inspiration?
A: When I need creative inspiration I like to go for a run, and press shuffle and listen to my favorite artists, or go for a walk and people watch. I mean you can find inspiration in really anything if you allow yourself to connect.