Along with juggling school, homework, and field hockey practice, 15-year-old Claire Maisto has been busy with one other thing: recording a professional CD.
Through social media and her upcoming six-track disc, the singer/songwriter is pursuing her passion for music and garnering a significant number of fans along the way.
The Hingham High freshman has been playing piano, singing, writing songs, and posting videos from her living room piano for years. This Sunday, she’ll officially release her debut CD, “Things Will Get Better.”
Maisto’s piano teacher of seven years, Joe Micarelli, recognized her talent early, recalling that she was more serious about music than most of his other students. He gave Claire what she calls “unofficial” voice lessons for a while, before recommending she take lessons with a voice technique teacher.
With the support of her teachers and family, Maisto has “improved unbelievably” Micarelli said.
“Sometimes when you put water on a plant it grows like crazy,” he said, referring to Maisto’s progress as a musician. “She really knows how to use her voice.”
Until early September, Maisto’s fan base consisted mainly of friends and family. But with a stroke of YouTube luck, one of her videos covering a song by rapper Hoodie Allen was seen by the artist himself. He tweeted the video to his more than 100,000 followers and commented on it on YouTube: “Your voice is incredible Claire! Thank you for making my song way more beautiful then [sic] I ever could conceive.”
“I died,” Maisto said about her reaction to Hoodie Allen’s recognition. “I was screaming for my mom and running around the house. I didn’t get any homework done after that.”
Although her cover videos have the most YouTube hits, she is proudest of her original songs. Most of them, she said, are inspired by her friends.
“Unfortunately I don’t have that eventful of a life,” Maisto said in a phone interview after field hockey practice. “So a lot of my writing is inspired by my friends and their situations. . . . A lot of [my songs] are about relationships; others are personal struggles, like not feeling good enough for someone.”
Bringing those original songs to another level in a recording studio at 37’ Productions in Rockland with producer Sean McLaughlin was “definitely surreal,” Maisto said.
After high school, Maisto hopes to continue her music career. “I don’t think I could imagine myself doing anything else,” she said.
Her CD release concert at the C Note in Hull is on Sunday at 5 p.m. It is an all-ages show, with no cover charge.Emily Files can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.