Clark Finds Her "Big, Big Ballad" For New Album
Crystal Caviness: CMA Close
Up News Service
Photographer: Andrew Southam
know, if it's Terri Clark, expect the unexpected.
36-year-old Country entertainer, who built a career by doing
things her own way, including donning a hat and boots and
belting out women's anthems such as "I Wanna Do It
All," "Girls Lie Too" and "I Just Wanna Be
Mad," no doubt has caught some fans and the industry off
guard with her new album and its first single "She Didn't
single, an uncharacteristic ballad from Clark, was one of the
final songs added to her album, Life Goes On, due out
fact, without delays caused by major staff changes at her label,
Mercury Nashville, "She Didn't Have Time," written by
Pat Bunch and Nicole Witt, may not have been on the album at
all. With 12 songs recorded on an album tentatively titled
Honky Tonk Songs, the process stopped, halting release
for months. While the project was on hold, Clark's camp found
"She Didn't Have Time."
really been looking for that ballad that can be an anthem for
women with the same kind of depth as a big, big ballad, but with
the same kind of message as my tempo songs have been for
me," Clark said.
song is reminiscent of a Reba McEntire story-single, telling the
tale of a single mother putting her young daughter's life before
her own. Ironically, Clark, who has spoken for years about her
admiration for McEntire, found herself in a tug-of-war of sorts
with the veteran entertainer over "She Didn't Have
night before we were going to cut 'She Didn't Have Time,' my
producer said 'Reba has this song on hold.' The next thing you
know, the phone rings and it's Reba."
chatted for a minute.
minutes later she called me back and said I could have this
song," Clark said. "It was really nice of her."
gift is significant to Clark for another reason.
is one of those artists who didn't come into her own and become
a mass appeal artist until she was at least 10 years into her
career," Clark said. "That's where I'm at now."
year was a milestone year for Clark, with the release of her
first greatest hits collection and induction as a member of the
Grand Ole Opry. With a new album on the brink of release and a
ballad climbing the charts, Clark anticipates even bigger events
for the future.
don't generally get to go play stadiums, but I never give up the
hope," she said. "I'm very ambitious and very
competitive," she said, adding that she's satisfied with
the growth of her career as long as she can feel she's gaining
keep her career moving forward, Clark realized, it was time to
shake things up a bit with the new album, produced by Byron
Gallimore, featuring three songs written by Clark: "Slow
News Day," "Everybody's Gotta Go Sometime" and
"Tear It all Down."
is my sixth studio album. I've got to find something that I
haven't said five times before and yet not alienate my
audience," she said.
goal to offer something new in her music coincided with a major
life change. Clark and her road manager, Greg Kaczor, were
married Sept. 17 in the Canadian Rockies.
a natural evolution in your music when your personal life is
changing," she said. "I'm reflecting a little more of
a grown-up vibe."
however, has not totally departed from the high-energy, sassy
music that has made her one of the most popular live
entertainers in Country Music.
Tonk Song," written by Kent Blazy and Leslie Satcher and
"Damn Right (I'm Gonna Miss You)," written by Julian
Gallagher and Craig Wiseman, are among the new songs on Life
Goes On that have Clark's signature energy from the first
changes abound in Clark's life, the one constant in her career
has been Luke Lewis, who signed the Canadian singer/songwriter
to Mercury Nashville in 1994, and who is quick to praise one of
his label's top hitmakers - with three of her six albums
has made a distinct mark on the Country landscape. She has never
been one to give in to conformity, and that works for her. It's
gotten her to the height she is today and will continue to make
her stand apart from the rest," said Lewis, Co-Chairman,
Universal Music Group Nashville, a title he shares with James
Stroud, who was on board for the final revisions to Clark's
the decision to sign Terri to Mercury was a no-brainer,"
Lewis said. "She's tough competition - a talented writer,
performer and unique voice. And headstrong for what she believes
in. Terri was adamant about her image when others in Nashville
weren't so sure that's what women should be, but she's stood by
that and now it's what she's known for. When I met Terri I knew
she was a good fit and even today, seven albums later she
continues to raise the bar with her creativity and position in
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