A singer and songwriter who is best known in her home country of Australia for her appearances on a TV talent show in 2013, Cloves was born in 1996. Cloves, whose real name is Kaity Dunstan, wrote her first compositions at the early age of 11. Not long after that, the young singer began performing in and around her local area, with her sister. Cloves would move past the pubs and bars section of her career when she went on to perform on the Australian version of the singing show, The Voice. Her version of “Brand New Key”, originally by Melanie, saw her through the initial audition stage. Cloves' version was subsequently released as a single and got to a creditable number 40 in the ARIA charts in Australia.
Cloves' professional singing and songwriting career
Although Cloves was knocked out of The Voice after a performance of Cyndi Lauper's “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”, she continued to perform in Australia. In 2015, the singer had taken on the stage name Cloves – according to her, following a trip to Bali – and she began reinventing her career. That year, the songwriter released her debut single as Cloves. It was called “Frail Love”. In November 2016, her debut EP came out. Entitled XIII, both releases were made available for digital download via Duly Noted Records.
Cloves continued to build a following after the release of her EP, attracting many people who had never seen her work on The Voice before. Her song “Don't Forget About Me” was used on a film soundtrack, for example. Another song, “Everybody's Son”, featured in the seventh season of the hugely popular supernatural drama, The Vampire Diaries. No longer a teenage performer, the singer took to the stage at some prestigious music festivals in 2016, too, such as Coachella and Lollapalooza, thereby reaching a wider range of music fans.
Cloves' recording work
A solo act, Cloves has been well received by audiences as far afield as Paris and Los Angeles. She has teamed up with some notable talent to work on material for an album, despite her solo work, and appears to be content collaborating with other musicians. Cloves has been reported in the music press as working with Justin Parker in the past, for example. Parker is noted for his work with female vocalists such as Lana Del Rey and Rihanna, among others. Cloves has also reputedly collaborated with Rich Cooper, known for his work with Mumford & Sons, in a writing capacity. Cloves cites recording artists such as Amy Winehouse, Etta James and Eva Cassidy as having been big influencers on her style in the studio.
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