Terri Clark Biography
Last updated: 12/06/2010 10:00:00 AM
Graced with three Platinum Albums, Terri Clark is one of the most unique voices in country music. She is one of very few female country artists who is truly an accomplished guitar player, a rarity in country music. Raised in Alberta, Canada, it was a long road she traveled to reach the heights she has achieved today. Her next album, Life Goes On will be released November 1st.
Ten years in the making, Life Goes On is about real people and real situations. It brings Clark full circle, back to the things that first interested her in country music. The album recalls the days when line dancing was a national phenomenon, country music was on fire, and honky tonks were packed with people listening to Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson and Trisha Yearwood; which were also the days when Terri Clark first arrived in Nashville, at the young age of 18. The first single off the album, “She Didn’t Have Time,” a powerful and emotional ballad that is full of heart, will be released July 18th.
Having spent years playing dive bars and entering talent competitions, Clark, a hard-charging traditionalist, hit the charts in 1995 with “Better Things To Do” -- and never looked back.
Clark was the first Canadian female to be inducted into the prestigious Grand Ole’ Opry, and has been honored with CMA and ACM Female Vocalist of the Year nominations, as well as a string of hits that includes “Easy On The Eyes,” “When Boy Meets Girl,” “I Wanna Do It All,” “Poor Poor Pitiful Me” and “Girls Lie Too.” Clark is the only female solo country performer in more than three years with two #1 singles.
Along the way, Clark developed a reputation as a to-the-wall, give-it-all live performer. She’s toured with many of her idols – George Strait, Brooks & Dunn, Wynonna Judd, Vince Gill and Reba McEntire on her way to being named the Canadian Country Music Association’s fan-voted Entertainer of the Year five times.
What drives that connection to Clark and her music is Clark’s willingness to reach past the obvious for the real life bottom line. For close to three years, Clark was the only woman in country music to have a #1 with her hard-charging hit “I Just Wanna Be Mad,” a song embracing the notion that working through your annoyance can only strengthen a true relationship – a sentiment perhaps never voiced in a genre that often reduces love to falling in, out or apart.
A prolific writer as well as performer, Clark’s first deal in Nashville was as a songwriter. Clark continues to write and penned many of the songs on her latest album, including “Tear It All Down” and “Slow News Day.”
Clark is married and lives in Nashville.