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Q&A: Country music star Terri Clark

QA Country music star Terri Clark“Terri Clark is one of Canada’s most successful country music exports. Born in Montreal, raised in Medicine Hat, the singer has released more than 20 singles, including six number ones (in the Canada and U.S.), earned gold, platinum, double platinum and triple platinum status and won multiple Canadian Country Music Awards. Later this summer, the 46-year-old, who currently lives in Nashville, will release her 10th studio record, Some Songs. In the meantime, she’ll play new material like that album’s title track (already a hit) as well as her previous hits at the Rockin’ River Music Festival (Aug. 7-9) in Mission. We talked to Clark about the new album, returning to B.C. and “bro-country” vs. “bra-country.”


Q: Your song The World Needs a Drink seems more relevant than ever.


A: It seems to be. The last couple of weeks have been brutal. I don’t have it in the set anymore though. Eric Church (American country-music singer/songwriter) wrote that before he had a record deal. It didn’t do what I wanted it to do and that we hoped it would. That song came out when the 2004 tsunami happened and radio didn’t think it would be appropriate to play. It was just bad timing. Which I completely understand.


Q: The new album was recorded with PledgeMusic, which helps artists connect with fans to fund projects. What kind of benefits could contributors get?


A: I’ve had dinner with groups of people, gone bowling. For artists like me, who’ve been around as long as I have, it’s the perfect thing. I’ve built this incredibly loyal fan base. A lot of new artists don’t have that yet. To have that fan base basically invest in a record before I make it — it’s the same thing as buying it later, they’re just saying “I trust you to give me a good product.” I’ve had more of an individual interaction with my fans and it’s opened my eyes a lot to what they’re connected to me for in my music. It’s been a learning process and an eye-opening experience for them and for me.


Q: Did the way it was funded influence how it was recorded and who you worked with?


A: Oh yeah. I was able to hire a producer in Nashville to take the load off. I recorded the last two (Roots and Wings, 2011; Classic, 2012) myself. That’s a lot of work and responsibility. And I’ve started doing a morning radio show in Nashville, so my schedule is a little more packed. It was a fresh sound for me and an opportunity to sit back and let someone else drive the bus for a while.”


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5 Comments

  • Martha Watkins

    01.08.2014 at 03:59 Reply

    I haven’t seen you on tv in awhile..I miss seeing you or hearing any of your music. What are you doing now

    • Cindy Tangorra

      02.08.2014 at 18:37 Reply

      Martha,
      Terri had been a VERY busy lady!

      She hosts “America’s Morning Show” with Blair Garner and Chuck Wicks from 6-10am weekdays on NASH FM stations across the country. You can listen on the New York flagship station, NASH FM 94.7, here: http://www.nashfm947.com/

      As for new music, her new album, Some Songs, will be out on Sept 2. You can still pledge to be a part of the crowd funded project by visiting: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/terriclark

      Check out the store page on here to purchase other CDs you might have missed. She had been releasing plenty of NEW music in the last few years!

    • Danielle

      04.08.2014 at 07:55 Reply

      Terri can be seen all over the place in Concert go to http://www.terriclark.com/tour/tour-dates/
      she can be heard on NASHFM947.com most weekday mornings til 10 AM (when she isn’t playing in a city near you)

  • Robbie

    01.08.2014 at 10:32 Reply

    Did you sell the ranch on Vancouver Island. And did you ever get your jar of cheese whiz for being the voted the cheesiest woman in country music.

  • Teri

    04.08.2014 at 17:45 Reply

    Terri I saw you in concert on Aug 2 in Albert Lea and I met you very briefly at the meet at greet. I never got the chance to tell you why “No Fear” means so much to me. Is there an address I can send you a letter so I can let you know. Thanks for putting on such an awesome show! I will remember it for the rest of my life!

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