Lake Charles native Chesney Claire making mark in Vegas

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) – Lake Charles native Chesney Claire is making her mark in Las Vegas.

Claire’s inspiration and motivation is her family.

“My first time I performed anywhere was at my grandfather Jerald Helms’ funeral,” she said. “After I sang my grandfather’s wedding song at his funeral, my family came up to me and said, ‘You have to keep making music, that’s where you shine.'”

After the death of his brother, Matthew G. LeBlanc, in 2016, he felt the need for a distraction.

“The loss of both my grandparents and my brother led me to need an outlet for all the emotions I was feeling and the music is what kept pushing me above the water,” he said.

After this period of loss, Claire and her “Momager”, Kim Hebert, decided to move to Branson, Missouri.

“Our time there was short but very beneficial,” he said. “Being in Branson really solidified my career choice to be a singer / songwriter.”

During her time there, Claire visited her first recording studio.

“I visited Rich Brown-owned Atlantis Recording and fell in love with the whole recording process,” she said.

There he recorded six cover singles released under his legal name, Chesney Hebert. These included “Watch”, “Gravity”, “Grand Piano”, “Chasing Pavements”, “BAD” and “House of the Rising Sun”.

After playing with many prominent musicians in Branson, Claire began to make a name for herself in the music industry. You started getting international calls from musicians looking for collaborations.

After getting a call from Las Vegas and spontaneously taking a red-eye flight to spend a weekend recording two original songs, Claire and her mom decided to pack their bags and move to Sin City.

“Las Vegas was an excellent place for me to get my name out,” he said. “My mom and I moved here at the very beginning of the pandemic and I’ve met so many wonderful people in the industry since then.”

Claire’s time in Las Vegas “was nothing but fantastic”.

She spent her time making connections with peers and industry professionals, decorating red carpets, and creating in her home studio. “I learn something new every day about business and how to improve my profession.”

The transition was interesting, Claire said.

“Las Vegas is definitely different from southwestern Louisiana!” She misses the people, the traditions and the green grass, but overall she feels “very lucky to be able to be in such a beneficial place for my career”.

Despite the distance, he decided to bring southwestern Louisiana culture to the desert. Claire infuses Louisiana culture into her music. Her peers have lovingly dubbed her “Gumbo music”.

“I thought it was the funniest thing, but it’s really true,” he said. “My culture is very evident in a lot of my art. Some say they can hear my southern accent shine even when I sing R&B. I’ve learned to let it be a part of what makes me, me, ”she said.

Claire describes her music as Pop and R&B and draws inspiration from artists such as Mac Miller, Billie Eilish and Rihanna.

For Claire, the creation process begins with good equipment. “From then on, I hum a tune and that’s how I get the bones of my song,” she explained. “Whatever text is written comes directly from what I feel from the rhythm.”

“I like being connected to the instrumental in a way that the writing becomes reckless and lately I’ve been able to do just that by creating my own instrumental as well,” said Claire.

Claire has released seven singles under her stage name, “15 Candles”, “Moving On”, “Hours”, “Come Alive”, “Distracted”, “Not In The Mood” and “The Problem”. Her most recent single, “The Problem”, is a product of Claire’s new skill, production.

“I was struggling to find someone who would play the perfect rhythm for me, exactly what I felt in my head, so I learned to do it myself,” he said. “My latest single was completely 100% made by Chesney Claire.”

She also started acting and modeling. She has upcoming roles in films to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival and is currently working on a contract with a modeling agency. “I’m looking for a way to broaden my horizons in the entertainment industry.”

So far, his favorite experience has been to attend the La Jolla International Fashion film Festival to present the award for the best music in a film.

“I got to walk the red carpet and take press photos and network, meeting so many amazing people like Pat Cleveland,” he said. “After spending two days at the festival and meeting the owner of Jenneration Magazine, I was invited to do a fashion photo shoot in La Jolla for their magazine.”

“The Fashion Film Fest has helped me meet so many great people and really get my name out there.”

“I have so many unreleased songs that I’m so excited to share with you all in the future. I have big dreams and big goals and I work every day to complete these goals and make these dreams come true, “she said.

Claire’s music is available on all streaming platforms.

Leave a Comment