"...charismatic singer-songwriter...with a sultry, Jewel-reminiscent vocal quality."
Perhaps it’s the combination of her insatiable musical curiosity and her formative years spent growing up in the South, but Paige Clem’s arrestingly direct lyrics and velvety, unaffected vocals exude that most elusive of musical qualities — Soul. With a natural gift for connecting with an audience, her roots-infused music is melodic and warm, yet packs a punch with tales of loss and love. Described by Jambase as a "charismatic and affable singer-songwriter...with a sultry, Jewel-reminiscent vocal quality," her folk-soul-with-a-dash-of-sass sound draws on threads of blues and Americana with an honest and often clever accessibility.
San Francisco-based, Paige performs her original material as a solo artist and in Paige & The Clementines—an Americana music project that gathers a rotating cast of A-list players with Paige's soulful songwriting prowess including James Nash (The Waybacks), Jordan Feinstein (Jordan and The Rituals), Joe Craven (Garcia/Grisman), Robin Sylvester (RatDog), Gabe Ford (Little Feat) and more. When not performing her original material, Paige can be found frequently appearing with various acts and showcases including the funky Nola project, Mo’lasses. She has shared the stage with members of Dead and Co., Further, Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, ALO, Fruition, Anders Osborne, RatDog, Tea Leaf Green, New Monsoon, Moon Alice, Tracorum, Front Country, Midnight North, and Dead Winter Carpenters, and has performed with Melissa Ethridge, moe., Steve Poltz, Eric McFadden, Scott Pemberton, The Brother's Comatose, Shook Twins, and countless more. She is the creator, curator and host of the popular "Songs About Something: Old, New, Borrowed and Blue Tunes in the Round"—an ongoing monthly songwriters-in-the-round series held at Albany's Ivy Room, has served multiple stints as songwriter-in-residence at The Bazaar Café, has been featured as a vocalist with Guitarmaggedon and Hey Hey Mama, and has appeared at High Sierra Music Festival, DelFest, Hangtown Music Festival, Cuko Rakko Music Festival, and ULUV Music Day and more. Her debut record, Firefly, released in the Grate Room at Terrapin Crossroads in March 2018, featured 9 Reverb Nation Crowd Picks.
Disarming emotional candor and musical authenticity is at the heart of Clem’s debut album Firefly. Produced by Jeff Berkley (Berkley Sound, San Diego, CA), the March 2018 release includes nine “Crowd Picks” songs earning weekly featured placement on ReverbNation. Inescapably Americana in its sound—Firefly unapologetically spans genres and does what it takes to distill down to the essence of each song. Paige’s smoky vocals and captivating reverie offer tantalizing vignettes into a life journey that resonates with anyone who’s loved another—and often with clever accessibility. Drawing on threads of folk, rock, blues, soul, country and even “old-school cool”, the tracks of Firefly weave together a refreshing eclectic sound that is distinctly…Paige.
Rule-breaking quirks permeate the charm of the record which features a rhythm section comprised of Jeff Berkley on guitars, Rick Nash (Chaka Khan, Chris Isaak) on bass, Bob Sale (Rick Elias, Eric Johnson) on drums, and Sharon Whyte (Kenny Loggins, Eric Johnson) on keys, organ and backing vocals. Special guests appearing on the album include Johnny Cash guitar player, Jim Soldi, legendary bassist, Tim Lefvebre (Tedeschi Trucks/David Bowie’s grammy-winning Blackstar), famed singer-songwriter, Steve Poltz (co-writer of “You Were Meant for Me” with Jewel), Jon Graboff on pedal steel (Ryan Adams & The Cardinals), and celebrated Bay Area organ player, Danny Eisenberg (The Mother Hips, Anders Osborn). The record also features “The Long Time Coming Choir”—an assemblage of Bay Area singer-songwriters including Moonalice’s Roger MacNamee, Pamela Parker, Michael McNevin and more recorded at Hyde Street Studios. With that certain je ne sais quoi that effortlessly lends itself to the songwriting and performance throughout the album, the long-awaited results of Firefly seem to only add to Paige’s mystique and leave listeners wondering what’s to come.