Getting Cozy With: Stacy Clark

Stacy Clark
Photo by Becky Siegel

Hello trendsetters at A Music Blog, Yea? My name is Stacy Clark and I am a singer/songwriter. I have always enjoyed writing poems and short stories. I knew how to play the clarinet, however wanted to learn an instrument that I could sing the lyrics I wrote to. We had a piano in our home and I enjoyed writing on that. However, was not very good and wanted something more portable. So I saved up after working at a record store, soccer refereeing and handing out orange chicken samples at Panda Express (oh yeah I was living the dream) and bought a guitar. The long winters of Buffalo and sports injuries that kept sidelining me gave me time to really learn how to play and book shows. Because I grew up in a small town, I was always fascinated with travel and meeting people. My love for music and fascination with wanting to discover more has since turned into my career.

I made the big from from NY ten years ago. The idea of driving with the windows down, warm breeze blowing in my car sounded nice. Not that I didn’t appreciate lugging my guitar in the rain or the pace of it…I had been to California before, the sunshine and beauty of the coastal landscapes never left my mind. I have always loved electronic beats and organic instruments. If I had to describe my music I would say it’s pop with folk lyrics. I always joke around and call it folka. My influences are far and wide. Because of this I don’t feel they are always reflected in my music. First and foremost I consider myself a lyricist. I love writing music and singing, but also the magic is in the song. I love Ottis Redding, Stevie Nicks, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Etta James, Jimmy Eat World (Clarity in particular), Johnny Cash, James Taylor…and the list goes on. I really appreciate the production of Fleetwood Mac, Santigold, Empire of the Sun, Calvin Harris, Zedd. My new album Symmetry is a clash of those two worlds. The old and the new, drawing similarities from each.

I have been lucky enough to be a small part of Jacks Mannequin (vocals on Spinning Crashing on the album ‘The Glass Passenger’), open for Plain White T’s, The Bird and the Bee, Kate Nash, The New Amsterdam’s (I grew up listening to the Get Up Kids), Casey Abrams, Copeland, Eddie Money, America and Roger Hodgson of Supertramp. You may recognize some of my songs as they are played in malls, restaurants and television shows. My song “Touch & Go” was featured in a Sprint telephone ad that aired throughout Canada a few years back.  I also had the iTunes ‘Single of the Week’ and outsold Lady Gaga for a few days. It helped me chart on Billboard ‘HeatSeekers’. That was rather shocking and an awesome moment for me. Hard work can pay off!

If you enjoy listening to ‘Figured It Out’, I would really appreciate it if you could support what I do and pre-order my album Symmetry on iTunes. By pre-ordering you get the single gratis and over 10 songs for $6.99. The record officially came out July 22nd. I also released a cool music video for Figured It Out that has a cool cameo from Jim O’Heir (Parks & Rec).

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. I hope you enjoy the track!

Random Stories I have about my relationship with Canada:

  • I grew up on a small pork chop shaped island called “Grand Island” surrounded by the Niagara River facing Canada
  • In high school, each summer I would vacation with one of my best friends Rachel in Lake Muskoka (aka HEAVEN)
  • When I am in Canada I have to buy ketchup potato chips, Aero chocolate bars and frozen yogurt. (DELICIOUS!)
  • When I was 16 I “borrowed” my sisters ID so I could sneak into a karaoke bar in Ontario. The bouncer said “This isn’t you, I confiscate fake IDs”. I said “You are right it is not me, but it is my sisters could I have it back?” He said, “No”. My sister was not pleased. Sometimes a girl just wants to do karaoke.
  • I have been to Toronto, Quebec, Vancouver and Montreal. Someday I hope to make it out to Prince Edward Island and watch the tides at Bay of Fundy and snowboard at Lake Louise.
  • Sarah McLachlan was one of the reasons I decided to become a songwriter. Seeing her perform changed my life.
  • I love Canadian music. Especially Sloan and their song ‘Everything You Done’
  • In high school, I played on a select travel soccer team. We played in the Quebec Friendship Festival tournament. I have learned to never underestimate a Canadian girl soccer player as your teams usually beat ours.

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