Gary Clark (musician)

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Gary Clark
Born (1962-03-10) 10 March 1962 (age 52)
Origin Dundee, Scotland
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, record producer
Years active 1987–present
Labels Virgin, Seven, Circa, Interscope
Associated acts Danny Wilson, Eleven, King L, Transister, The Bible, Boo Hewerdine, Natalie Imbruglia, Liz Phair, Nick Carter, Ashley Parker Angel, k.d. lang, Ferras, Melanie C, Emma Bunton, Kim Cesarion

Gary Clark (born 10 March 1962, Dundee, Scotland) is a Scottish musician, songwriter and producer. As a performer he is best known as the frontman of 1980s sophisti-pop band Danny Wilson and mid-1990s rock band King L (as well as for being a member of Transister). Since the mid-1990s he has concentrated on songwriting and production.


Performer - Danny Wilson, solo, King L, Transister[edit]

During the early 1980s Clark worked with his long-time friend, Ged Grimes in a variety of London-based bands including Clark's Commandos and Dream Kitchen. Returning to Dundee, Clark and Grimes formed a trio with Gary's brother Kit Clark, initially under the name of Spencer Tracy. Spotted busking around Dundee, they signed to Virgin Records in 1986, and (after objections from the estate of Spencer Tracy) changed their name to Danny Wilson.

The following year saw the release of the band's first album Meet Danny Wilson. The first single, "Mary's Prayer", written by Clark, was a worldwide hit, reaching number 3 in the UK,[1] and #23 on the United States Billboard Hot 100 chart, earning him a BMI award,[2] and a nomination for an Ivor Novello award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically. The song was later featured in the Farrelly Brothers movie "There's Something About Mary". A second album Bebop Moptop was released in 1989, including hit single "Second Summer of Love" which reached number 23 in the UK Singles Chart.[3] The band split in 1991.[4]

Following the break-up of Danny Wilson, Clark embarked on a solo career, releasing a 1991 single (You Can't Turn Around Me) on Seven Records under the temporary project name of Eleven. Reverting to his own name, he released a 1993 solo album called Ten Short Songs About Love on Virgin Records subsidiary Circa Records, with the assistance of the other Danny Wilson members. To Clark's disappointment, the album sold poorly despite some good reviews.

Still in possession of his Virgin Records deal, and feeling the need to "rip it up and start again", Clark then formed a rock band called King L (with bass player Eric Pressly, former Bible guitarist Neill MacColl and drummer Matt Laug). The band released an album - A Great Day For Gravity -in 1995, but sales were even lower than those for Ten Short Songs About Love, resulting in the loss of Clark's Virgin contract. Clark and Pressly then regrouped with Pressly's girlfriend Keely Hawkes to form the pop trio Transister, whose songs were featured extensively on films such as Nightwatch, Jawbreaker, Wild Things and Charlie's Angels.

Songwriter and producer[edit]

Around this time, Clark was increasingly working as a songwriter and record producer. He co-wrote and produced much of Lauren Christy's album "Breed", the title track of which was a hit on the Billboard Alternative chart, and left Transister to devote more time to this.

His collaboration with Natalie Imbruglia began when he and Eric Pressly re-mixed the single "Wishing I Was There" from her "Left of the Middle" album. He co-wrote and produced 8 tracks on her subsequent album, "White Lilies Island", and has contributed songs to all of her albums after that - "Counting Down The Days", "Glorious: The Singles 1997-2007", and "Come To Life".

Clark has worked with numerous artists and writers, including Natalie Imbruglia, Lloyd Cole, Liz Phair, Skin (Skunk Anansie), Melanie C, Emma Bunton, Cathy Dennis, Ashley Parker Angel, Nick Carter, Skye Edwards (Morcheeba), Lauren Christy, Julia Fordham, Shannon Noll, Mark Owen (Take That), Eddi Reader, The Veronicas, David McAlmont, Delta Goodrem, Ferras, Clique Girlz, McFly, Demi Lovato, Alex Hepburn, Kim Cesarion, Lawson (band), The Wanted, Gin Wigmore and Reece Mastin.

In 2007, Clark moved from London to Los Angeles. Clark co-wrote and co-produced the Ferras record Aliens And Rainbows with The Matrix for Capitol Records, tracks for Clique Girlz and British Band McFly. He produced and co-wrote the song "Got Dynamite" for Demi Lovato on her #1 album Here We Go Again.

In 2012, he co-wrote and produced 10 songs on Delta Goodrem's Child of the Universe, including the single "Wish You Were Here", which reached No. 2 on the ARIA charts.

In 2013, Clark co-wrote and produced Alex Hepburn's international hit single "Under", he co-wrote and co-produced Kim Cesarion's album, including the hit single "Undressed", which is currently 4 x platinum certification in Scandinavia, 2 x platinum certification in Australia, and as of September 2014 has reached No. 36 in the Billboard Pop Charts in the US. He co-wrote the song "Back To Life" on Lawson (band)'s "Chapman Square - Chapter II" album, and co-wrote and co-produced "Summer Alive" on The Wanted's "Word of Mouth" album.

Gin Wigmore's "Gravel & Wine" album was released in the US, including the Clark co-write "Kill of the Night". The song has already had numerous TV, film and commercial placements, including "666 Park Avenue", "Underbelly: Badness", "Teen Wolf", "Pretty Little Liars" and AMC Halloween week.

In 2013, "Meet Danny Wilson" was featured on the BBC Radio Scotland "Classic Scottish Albums" series.


  1. ^ "Peak position of Mary's Prayer"
  2. ^ "BMI website"
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 140. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ "Bio at". Retrieved 2010-07-21. 

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