Living and performing between New York City and London, American chanteuse Claire Khodara was a contestant on American Idol Season 9. After her stint in LA, she moved to New York City to continue her singing career.
Today, Claire is a popular fixture on the nightclub scenes of both New York and London, and can regularly be seen at the Arts Club, Annabel’s, Shoreditch House and Morton’s in London, and at the Soho House and Pierre Hotel in New York City.
Here in this Ma Vie en Vert interview, she tells Eluxe about everything from positivity to Popes.
What is the earliest memory you have of being in nature?
My mother, Martha Madigan, is an artist whose work is focused on nature. I always loved the fall, my earliest memories are playing outside with her in the fall leaves in Philadelphia where I grew up.
Has the natural world inspired your work, in any way?
Yes, definitely. I love music writing outside. It gives me the feeling that anything is possible. I try not to write about what’s in fashion and stick to universal topics that go above and beyond race, class, time, and place. I try to compose timeless music about the natural world and how we as human beings interact with it and each other.
What’s the most positive thing you do for the environment in your daily life?
Recycle and meditate. To me, sending out good vibes count! Positive thoughts are important in improving the environment.
What’s your greatest eco ‘sin’?
Buying green juice. It is too much plastic waste, although I have started making my own!
What would be your eco-friendly dream travel destination?
An eco-friendly resort in Bali, trekking through the Andes, or visiting the Galapagos.
What are you proudest of so far in your career?
Becoming the soloist at the papal benediction services for both John Paul II and Benedict XVI from 2004 – 2006.
What are your favourite ‘green’ skincare, food, home or fashion brands?
Beauty Products: Aveda, Weleda Fashion: Stella McCartney Restaurant: Pure Food & Wine in NYC Juice: Blueprint and Jugo Fresh
Which high profile person trying to make a difference do you most admire, and why?
There are so many people doing good work in the world, it is hard to point out just one. I read at article in the New York Times today about Angelina Jolie’s recent experience in Iraq and Syria. She reveals the ISIS crisis in such painful detail that her commitment to human rights is truly moving.
When and where are you happiest?
Singing to my husband.
For which cause would you die, if any?
Which environmental issues are most important to you?
The most important to me is pollution. My brother is a venture capitalist in renewable energy and has always taught me the importance of respecting the planet. When we were little during summers in Maine, we would sit by the bonfire and look up at the stars over the ocean. It was then that I started to wonder how I could make a difference.
What’s the main thing you think we all need to do to ensure a better future?
Meditate, be happy, work together, and recycle!