CLONINGER, (Elizabeth) Claire (née de Gravelles). b. Lafayette, Louisiana, 12 August 1942, the daughter of Charles de Gravelles, (1913-2008) a notable oil and gas land agent and Republican politician in a predominantly Democrat state. She was educated at Louisiana State University and the University of Southwestern Louisiana (BA 1966, MA, 1967). She married Robert (‘Spike’) Cloninger and held various positions as elementary school teacher, advertising copywriter, songwriter, and author. Claire has worked for the Word Music Company since 1986, writing music and text for a dozen choir musicals and more than 100 praise choruses and hymns such as ‘If my people’s hearts are humbled’* and ‘Good...
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