Clea Roddick ~
A teenage girl from rural Alberta climbed onto the Greyhound bus with a small baby and their entire possessions: two backpacks, a silver accordion and $50. Fast forward a few years and pan in on Clea Roddick: a performing songwriter who usually forgets to wear makeup (but sometimes puts a dab on at traffic lights en route to a gig), who lives in a halfway house for accordions and other keyboard instruments, who likes to walk in the bitterest cold to hear the snow ‘scrunch’ and grows a pumpkin patch in her backyard. With a 2010 record coming up, Clea continues to craft songs on a 100 yr old upright piano and records them in the garage-converted-studio (operated by her right hand man, Craig Newnes), while raising their two daughters.
Clea’s recent album ‘ROLLERSKATE’ is a spirited disc full of hope and motivation for the human race. Groove-based themes which hint of environmentalism and bringing change with forgiveness, are threaded delicately alongside gentle tributes that offer a tender side to this compelling recording. ‘ROLLERSKATE’ has charted on college and indie radio stations across the US and Canada (#1 in New York, NY, #1 in Queensburg, NY, #3 in Ithaca, NY, #5 in Montreal, QC), and being played on over 220 stations across North America. Songs from Clea’s album have also been licensed for use by many prominent television programs in the US including MTV’s ‘The Real World’, ‘The Hills, ‘The City’, ‘Road Rules’ and ‘The Stylist’, VH1′s ‘Tough Love’, and E!TV’s ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians’ and ‘Khloe & Kourt Take Miami’.