Clara Yates is a British trance DJ, vocalist & songwriter currently residing in Australia. She is best known for her collaborations with Giuseppe Ottaviani, Jorn van Deynhoven, Darren Porter, Binary Finary, Ferry Tayle, Ashley Wallbridge, Alexander Popov, DJ LTN, Assaf & many more.
She was also nominated as the best female trance artist of 2020 by 34th Annual International Dance Music Awards (IDMA) Winter Music Conference Miami.
Born and raised in Surrey, United Kingdom Clara became a choir singer at the age of 10 along with playing classical piano despite being unable to read sheet music.
Clara's inspiration in music came from musicians such as Kate Bush, Blondie, Phil Collins, Duran Duran, The Cranberries, Guns N' Roses and The Corrs which lead to her performing in a small band in numerous pubs in the early 00's.
When the movie "Kevin & Perry Go Large" hit the UK shelves in 2001 it took a great liking to Clara therefore she found herself producing trance as a hobby on the PlayStation game "Music 2000" and writing songs to her creations.
Clara moved and migrated to Melbourne, Australia in 2007 and started her career as an R&B DJ & singer on the weekends in various clubs and bars around the city, however she left the scene in 2016 as sex appeal and beauty standards became too high for Clara therefore she was told she wasn't "sexy enough" by Australian DJ talent agencies.
In 2016 Clara joined the trance scene and worked with EXPLOSIVE MUSIC to produce "I Will Follow You". The track was signed to Sir Adrian Music and was produced by Australian musician MAESTRO and remixed by Alexander Popov. It received great reviews from FluxBpm Online and scored 10/10. Armin van Buuren gave the track a thumbs up and was played on ASOT 780 & 781. It was added to 2 compilation CDs. "I Will Follow You" went to number 23 in the Beatport charts.
Clara left EXPLOSIVE MUSIC in 2017 to independently pursue her career as a trance vocalist & songwriter. Clara began collaborating with Armada signed artist Denis Kenzo. "Other Side" was released in January 2018 and was added to Cosmic Gate's 2 disc album "Wake Your Mind Sessions 003". Clara then went on to collaborate with Canadian based producer Assaf. "Incomplete" was released in August 2018 along with remixes by Dirkie Coetzee & Matt Leger.
In October 2018 Clara wrote "Why" which was dedicated to her mother Andrea who sadly took her life due to depression in 2006. "Why" was composed and produced by Italian trance musician Giuseppe Ottaviani. The track was voted future favorite and added to the ASOT 900 compilation CD.
Clara was also an opening vocalist for HALIENE's first acoustic show in Melbourne where she performed songs such as Why, Thousand Pieces & We Control The Sunlight.Clara has also performed live for Darren Porter's Grotesque show hosted by RAM.
Supported from artists such as Armin van Buuren, Above & Beyond, Cosmic Gate, Aly & Fila, Paul van Dyk, Ferry Corsten, Markus Schulz, MaRlo, Andrew Rayel, Roger Shah, Jeffrey Sutorious, Morgan Page & many more.