Brandy Clark

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Brandy Clark
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Clark performing in June 2014
Background information
Birth name Brandy Lynn Clark[1]
Born 1977 (age 37–38)
Origin Morton, Washington, United States
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Singer, acoustic guitar, piano
Years active 2005-present
Associated acts The Band Perry, Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves

Brandy Clark discography at MusicBrainz

Brandy Lynn Clark (born 1977) is an American country music singer-songwriter. Her songs have been recorded by Sheryl Crow, Miranda Lambert, The Band Perry, Reba McEntire, LeAnn Rimes, Billy Currington, Darius Rucker and Kacey Musgraves.[2] She was nominated for Best New Artist at the 2015 Grammy Awards.

Early life[edit]

Brandy Clark was reared in Morton, Washington, a logging town of only 900 people in the shadow of Mount St. Helens. As a child in the 1980s she was influenced by the country-pop and traditional country music artists she heard her parents and grandmother play like Barbara Mandrell, Ronnie Milsap, Merle Haggard and Loretta Lynn. Clark cites the Patsy Cline movie "Sweet Dreams" as being one of her biggest early influences. [3]

She first picked up the guitar at nine years old and made her singing debut in school musicals. Her mother encouraged her to write songs. Brandy abandoned her music for a period in high school, instead devoting her energies to sports, eventually attending college on a basketball scholarship at Central Washington University. She later quit basketball and moved back home where she obtained an associates degree from a community college. When she entered her first year of college, she started to get more serious about music taking guitar lessons again and joined a band along with her mother and a friend. As a teenager she discovered the music business program at Belmont University, so she enrolled and moved to Nashville in 1998. She studied commercial music and was chosen to perform in the school's prestigious “Best of the Best Showcase.” Upon graduation, Clark landed a job with Leadership Music, a job which led to her eventual publishing deal. [4]

Music career[edit]

In 2011 "Mama's Broken Heart", written by Clark with Shane McAnally (her frequent collaborator) and Kacey Musgraves, appeared on Miranda Lambert's album Four the Record. It was released on January 14, 2013 as the fourth single reaching No.2 on both the Billboard Hot Country Songs & Billboard Country Airplay charts. Clark’s biggest success to date was as the co-writer along with McAnally and Trevor Rosen when she celebrated a No.1 song ASCAP Party at an industry gathering for The Band Perry‘s third No.1 hit, "Better Dig Two".[5]

As a Music Row songwriter Clark writes songs that are mostly about the seedy underbelly of country folk. They are observational pieces based on flawed characters that tell the truth on the human condition. They contain dark humour, with a blend of wit and realism, while having the artistic license to make them fictional.[6]

In 2012 she opened shows for Grammy Award winning artist Sheryl Crow. Brandy found an advocate in country artist Marty Stuart when on Saturday December 8, 2012 she joined him to make her Grand Ole Opry debut when she played his Grand Ole Opry Anniversary celebration and also at his Late Night Jam at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.[3][7]

At the beginning of 2013 Brandy was chosen by CMT as one of the “Women of Country”, a year-long promotion featuring up and coming artists.[8]

In December 2012, Clark digitally released a self-titled 3 track EP including songs “Pray to Jesus”, “Stripes” and “Take a Little Pill”. The song "Stripes" was released as a single and the official video made its CMT debut on July 4, 2013. It was directed by Becky Fluke (Little Big Town, Pistol Annies) and HLN's Nancy Grace plays a cameo role.[8]

As a co-writer of Miranda Lambert's Mama's Broken Heart, on Sept 10, 2013 Brandy received a nomination in the Song of the Year category (presented to the songwriters) for the 47th Annual CMA Awards broadcast which will be held in Nashville on November 6, 2013.[9] She is also twice nominated for Song of the Year at the 4th Annual American Country Awards which will be held in Las Vegas on Dec 10, 2013.[10]

2013: 12 Stories[edit]

On Oct 22, 2013 she released her debut album 12 Stories produced by Dave Brainard (Jamey Johnson, Jerrod Neimann), it features Vince Gill on background vocals.[8] It made its debut at No.28 on the Billboard Top Country Album Chart[11] On Jan 6, 2014 Clark made her network CBS network TV debut on The Late Show With David Letterman, performing her album lead single "Stripes".[12] In 2014, Clark opened for Jennifer Nettles on her "That Girl" tour.

Critical reception[edit]

Clark's song “Stripes” received favourable reviews from critics. Ben Foster of Country Universe praised the track: "As the first radio bid from an exceptionally talented singer-songwriter, “Stripes” does not disappoint. It’s an ambitious, energetic debut single that makes the prospect of a full-length Brandy Clark album even more enticing". Foster rated the song an A[13]

Music roots publication Engine 145 described her as “one of the most talented songwriters on Music Row and she proves she is as talented a performer as she is a writer”. 12 Stories received a 4.5 out of 5 Stars rating.[14]

Americana and Roots music blog, Twang Nation, placed 12 Stories at the #1 spot of its best of 2013 "Cream of the Crop" list.[15]

NPR music critic Ann Powers named the album her favorite of 2013. Powers noted that others share her sentiments, writing, "the top honor on many critics' lists is going to Clark, a storyteller of the highest caliber."[16]

Personal life[edit]

Clark identifies as lesbian.[17]

Songwriting credits[edit]

Year Title Artist(s) Album
2005 "That's Why I Hate Pontiacs" Rebecca Lynn Howard Alive and Well (unreleased)
2009 "Things a Mama Don't Know" Mica Roberts Days You Live For
2010 "The Maker of Them All" Guy Penrod Breathe Deep
"Cry" Reba McEntire All The Women I Am
"The Day She Got Divorced"
2011 "Mama's Broken Heart" Miranda Lambert Four the Record
"The Boy Never Stays" Sarah Darling Angels & Devils
"Crazy Women" LeAnn Rimes Lady & Gentlemen
"That's How I'll Remember You" David Nail The Sound of a Million Dreams
"Tryin' to Go to Church" Ashton Shepherd Where Country Grows
2012 "Better Dig Two" The Band Perry Pioneer
"Waitin' on a Train" Buffy Lawson I'm Leaving You For Me
"We Can't Be Friends" Joanna Smith N/A (Single release)
2013 "Dandelion" Kacey Musgraves Same Trailer Different Park
"Follow Your Arrow"
"It Is What It Is"
"Love Without You" Darius Rucker True Believers
"You Can Come Over" Craig Campbell Never Regret
"Get Outta My Yard" Gretchen Wilson Right on Time
"Come Back To Me" Keith Urban Fuse
"Songs About Trucks" Wade Bowen Wade Bowen
"We'll Come Back Around" Craig Morgan The Journey (Livin' Hits)
"Last Night's Make Up" Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan Dos Divas
"Homecoming Queen" Sheryl Crow Feels Like Home
2014 "Two Rings Shy" Miranda Lambert Platinum
"Bad Girl Phase" Sunny Sweeney Provoked
"Wheels On The House" Ray Scott Ray Scott
"Drunk Americans" Toby Keith 35 MPH Town
2015 "She Got Drunk Last Night" Reba McEntire Love Somebody


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
US Country
US Heat
US Indie
UK Country Chart (OCC)[22]
12 Stories
  • Release date: October 22, 2013
  • Label: Slate Creek Records
  • Format: CD, digital download
23 163 2 22 10

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
Brandy Clark
  • Release date: December 2012
  • Label: Self-released


Year Single Album
2013 "Stripes" 12 Stories
"Pray to Jesus"
2014 "Hungover"

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2013 "Stripes"[24] Becky Fluke
2014 "Get High"[25]
"His Hands" (with Jennifer Nettles)[26] Shaun Silva/Valarie Allyn Bienas

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organization Award Result
2013 Country Music Association Song of the Year — "Mama's Broken Heart" Nominated
American Country Awards Song of the Year - "Better Dig Two" Nominated
Song of the Year - "Mama's Broken Heart" Nominated
56th Grammy Awards Best Country Song - "Mama's Broken Heart" Nominated
2014 Academy of Country Music Song of the Year - "Mama's Broken Heart"[27] Nominated
CMA Awards Song of the Year - "Follow Your Arrow" Won
New Artist of the Year Nominated
2015 57th Grammy Awards Best Country Album - 12 Stories Nominated
Best New Artist Nominated


  1. ^ Brandy Clark (2013-10-22). "Brandy Clark | Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  2. ^ Brandy Clark Bio Retrieved on 2013-07-22
  3. ^ a b CMT Edge Article Retrieved on 2013-07-22, first published June 7, 2013
  4. ^ Words And Voices Blog Retrieved on 2013-07-22, first published July 12, 2003]
  5. ^ Retrieved on 2013-07-22, first published March 7, 2013
  6. ^ The Song Survives Article Retrieved on 2013-07-22
  7. ^ GAC News Retrieved on 2013-07-22, published May 16, 2013
  8. ^ a b c CMT Press Release Retrieved on 2013-07-22, first published January 14, 2013
  9. ^ 2013 CMA Awards Nominations Announced Retrieved 2013-10-24, published Sept 10, 2013
  10. ^ American Country Awards 2013 Retrieved on 2013-11-01, published Oct 31, 2013
  11. ^ Brandy Clark Chart History Retrieved on 2013-11-01, published Oct 29, 2013
  12. ^ Country Weekly Retrieved on 2014-02-05, published by Joseph Hudak Jan 7, 2014
  13. ^ "Stripes" (Single Review) Retrieved on 2013-07-22, first published July 10, 2013
  14. ^ Engine 145 Album Review Retrieved on 2013-07-22, first published July 16, 2013
  15. ^ Cream of the Crop – Twang Nation Top Americana and Roots Music Picks of 2013, first published November 30, 2013
  16. ^ Powers, Ann. "Ann Powers' Top 10 Albums And Songs Of 2013". National Public Radio. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  17. ^ Chris Richards (2013-11-05). "Brandy Clark’s debut album is a stunner. But will anybody hear it?". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2014-11-03. 
  18. ^ "Brandy Clark – Chart history – Country Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 31, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Brandy Clark – Chart history – Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 31, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Brandy Clark – Chart history – Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 31, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Brandy Clark – Chart history – Independent Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 31, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Country Artist Albums Top 20 - 7th Dec 2013". Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 2014-01-06. Retrieved 2014-02-05. 
  23. ^ Matt Bjorke (February 19, 2015). "Country Album Chart Report For February 19, 2015". Roughstock. 
  24. ^ "Music Video : Stripes : Brandy Clark". CMT. Retrieved 2013-11-06. 
  25. ^ "Brandy Clark Keeps Things Chill With Get High! Watch The Laid Back Music Video HERE!". 2014-03-27. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  26. ^ "CMT : Videos : Jennifer Nettles : His Hands (Live)". Country Music Television. Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  27. ^ ACM Press Release Retrieved on 2014-02-05, published Jan 29, 2014

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