Montclaire is the incantation of Portland-based singer/songwriter Sabrina Velazquez.
Velazquez originally gained a large following in her hometown of Honolulu, HI before releasing her first EP The Anomaly in 2009. Before long, she found herself with a dedicated fan base and landed a coveted spot at SXSW 2010. She released her first full-length album, The Hawk & The Hunter in 2010, produced by John Askew (Richmond Fontaine, The Dodos, Alela Diane). The album didn't just garner her a larger audience, but a west coast tour, and a spot opening for Cat Power, whom her sound has been compared to. 2012's "In the Light of Morning" saw Sabrina explore a new sound, that included layers pianos and vocals under a new moniker, Montclaire. In 2015, she released 65 songs over the course of 100 days as a part of the 100 day project. After a year away from recording to focus on songwriting, she is back in the studio demoing new songs for a release in 2019.
"The northwest may not be known for it’s sunny weather, but with Portland’s Sabrina, we’re treated to a heavy dose of delightful sunshine in the form of melodic indie pop." - The Wild Honey Pie
"With the songwriting chops to craft both hooky, pop-rock gems such as “Right Way” and moody torch songs like “Fast As I Can,” and a voice that makes them come alive, Velazquez sounds ready for the big time." - Honolulu Magazine
"Full of multilayerd textures and harmonies, Sabrina's versatile voice weaves and flows delicately over a wide range of indie alt rock and folk back drops." - Contrast Magazine