Big Illusion is the debut release from Claudia Clark on PATCH Records. Claudia hails from the South Side of Chicago where she grew up in a family tradition of music where trying to avoid being a musician was not an option. Claudia was trained in classical flute and piano and began her singing career singing out in front of the premier big band The Outcasts Jazz Band. As vocalist for the Outcasts, Claudia performs an impressive range of classic standards, big band swing arrangements and contemporary songs throughout the bands' continuous touring in the Midwest. In August of 2002, Claudia was approached by songwriter, producer and PATCH Records founder, John LaMantia, about recording her own album of original songs. Soon thereafter writing and arranging began for Big Illusion. The recording process was completed in a more traditional style avoiding the use of digital editing or a glutton of production. Claudia's talents and dedication allowed us to accomplish most of the vocal performances that you hear in one or two takes. Big Illusion is a versatile recording displaying strong songwriting and varied musical styles ranging from upbeat Latin tinged tunes to sultry ballads and soulful R&B. The songs move through the themes of love found, love nurtured, love lost and love destroyed. Claudia also includes cover versions of two of her favorite Billy Joel songs as well as the classic R&B lounge tune, Our Day Will Come. If you like Norah Jones, K.D. Lang, Diana Krall and/or Christine McVie you will like Big Illusion from start to finish. Remember, the best music you find is not the over-hyped slick produced mess that is force fed to us, but rather those gems that you find here at cdbaby, where your taste and music personality counts! If you have further inquiry or wish to know more about Claudia Clark, PATCH Records or LaMantia Music, Claudia herself is happy to hear from you at CGVC@comcast.net, and she promises to return messages as her tour schedule allows. You may contact PATCH Records and LaMantia music at email@example.com or phone (708) 828-9011. Thank you for your interest, pick up Big Illusion today and let us know what you think!