Photo: Doug Sonders
Stacy Clark is an amazing American singer songwriter who’s song Sign blew me away and I knew I need to know more. She has had songs in Tv Show’s done Charity Gigs and more. Read on and find out why you need to check her out.
1. How did you get into music?
It was a natural progression.I have been fortunate enough to know that I always wanted a career in music. I grew up writing poetry and dancing to music. I also sang in school and church choirs. In high school, I decided to teach myself the guitar. I was a bit of a tomboy. I enjoyed snowboarding and punk rock shows. I played in a few garage bands and started to do open mics. Since then I have been learning by trial and error. Although there schools for music, I feared rejection and just went for it. Little did I know rejection was inevitable. My new motto is, "if your not getting rejected, your not trying hard enough". I would read as many music business books and try to meet as many musicians as possible to try to gain insight. However, there is no better way to learn then to just do. Make an album, book some some shows and hit the road! After seeing bands like Jimmy Eat World and New Found Glory touring small venues then eventually playing larger ones, I thought maybe I have a shot at this. I grew up listening to local artists including Ani DiFranco, The 10,000 Maniacs and Natalie Merchant. I saw that having a career in music wasn’t just a dream, it was a real possibility.
2. What was the inspiration for the video clip Sign?
The inspiration came from the song lyrics and director Ivan Ives. We had collaborated musically before, however it was really awesome to create something visually. He is one of those people who is incredibly talented at whatever he does. When he listened to my song he envisioned the story that was portrayed in the video. When writing the lyrics I imagined the video to be me searching for something and wanted strong imagery. So I really felt that the concept he wanted to shoot was dead on to what I wanted to portray. I am very lucky to have such talented friends that I get to work with.
3. How does it feel to have your music used on all these tv shows?
It feels awesome. It is nice when you work hard and see results.
4. What does it feel like to play charity shows and raise money for charities?
It makes me happy and gives me a greater purpose. Life is short, what difference will you make? It is the small acts of kindness that can really make an impact on someones life and create a positive change. Getting involved it is very rewarding and life changing. I have meet so many great people and am constantly learning. It is pretty amazing what people can do when they work towards the same goal to raise awareness and funds that can help find cures, create jobs, create homes, create clean drinking water, rescue animals, rescue our environment and most importantly save lives. There are so many awful things happening in our world from human trafficking to genocide. In each community there is a need for volunteers. I enjoy being part of a community and enjoy being part of a positive change.
5. What inspires you when writing music?
I am influenced by everything. Life, my surroundings, books, people, places, and the list goes on.
6. What is your release Patterns about?
This album was about doing what I love with no boundaries. I released it independently and was free of any attachments, which in return brought me great happiness. At the end of the day I just want to create. Each song represents a time or emotion in my life and stands on it’s own.
7. If you could have anybody in a video clip who would it be?
Stevie Nicks or Gwen Stefani. I just adore them both.
8. How has social networking helped you as an artist?
Its a great tool to meet new people and another avenue to be heard.
9. Who would you most like to work with as an artist?
I would love to write with Stevie, Dolly Parton or Paul McCartney. Per producers I would love to work with Dr. Luke or Mark Foster.
10. Would you ever sign to a label again if the offer was right?
Justin Bieber did teach me to never say never!