Michele Clark

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Michele Clark
Other names Michele Clark Dougherty
Occupation President/CEO
Known for Triple-A Radio Promotion and Sunset Sessions

Michele Clark (born January 3, 1957) in Englewood, New Jersey. She is an American business woman, artist manager, CEO of Michele Clark Entertainment,[1] and founder of Sunset Sessions .

Early life[edit]

Michele is also known as Michele Clark Dougherty (which is her married name). She used to sneak out of her bedroom window and go see bands like John Eddie and the Front Street Runners, Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers, Robert Hazard and the Heroes, The Hooters, Glen Burtnik, Joey and the Works, Eddie and the Cruisers, Bruce Springsteen, Stretch, and others around the New Jersey Shore and Philadelphia region as a teen with her best friend Kathie. They would sneak into The Stone Pony in Asbury Park almost every weekend. They lived in Turnersville New Jersey and soon were known by the bands they followed as "The T-Ville Girls". After some time at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck and Glassboro State College, Michele decided to make the music her actual career and moved to California to go to The Trebas Institute for Recording Arts in Hollywood. She decided to get into radio promotion by helping a jazz guitarist, Glenn Alexander, get his song "Westfield" on Radio & Records "New AC" Chart. Clark then worked for James Lewis Marketing, for a period of time doing radio promotion also and then went off on her own and started Michele Clark Promotion in 1990. Music industry veterans Daniel Glass, Jerry Lembo and Linda Feder were instrumental influences who helped her company at such an early age. She worked artists like Yanni, John Tesh, Mike Stern and Wendy Wall. The "New AC" format of radio turned into "NAC" and then eventually "Smooth Jazz".

Career[edit]

Michele Clark Promotion[edit]

Michele Clark Promotion became one of the first few companies to work records to the new format Triple A radio format. Michele's best friend from college, Madeleine Chattah joined the company in the early 1990s and worked records from her New York office. MCP started the Sunset Sessions events in March 1998. Crystal Anne Lea joined the company in 1998. Madeleine exited the company at the end of 1998 and Meg MacDonald was hired from Vanguard Records to replace her. Michele Clark Promotion won the Gavin Report 's award for "Triple A Independent Promotion Person of the Year" in both 2001 and 2002, before they closed the magazine. The most notable new artists that MCP worked to radio included Matchbox Twenty, Hootie & The Blowfish, Coldplay, Jewel, Yanni, Maroon 5, Train, Five For Fighting, John Mayer, Norah Jones, Chris Isaak, Barenaked Ladies, Melissa Etheridge, Jason Mraz, Jack Johnson, James Blunt, Ryan Adams, Joss Stone, Edwin McCain, Lucinda Williams, Dave Matthews Band, Dido, Duncan Sheik, Lenny Kravitz, Bonnie Riatt, John Butler Trio, Sheryl Crow, Bob Schneider and Alpha Rev to name a few. Clark changed the name of her company from Michele Clark Promotion to M:M Music in 2006 in preparation to sell the radio promotion division to her employee Meg after 10 years of training (the sale was officially finalized in March 2012).

Management[edit]

Michele also managed several artists such as Jim Smith,[disambiguation needed] Maia Sharp and John Eddie. Michele executive produced John Eddie's Lost Highway release "Who The Hell is John Eddie". She also worked very closely with Francis Dunnery and South Africa's most well known band The Parlotones.

Michele Clark Entertainment[edit]

Now Clark's companies include Sunset Sessions, Sunset Sessions Rock, Sunset Sessions Publishing and Michele Clark Entertainment. The companies produce national tours, showcase artists throughout the year including the SXSW and work closely with artists, radio stations, music supervisors, managers and record labels. Michele is working on her first book about her years as an "indie" promo person called "The Hitwoman". She also hosts retreats including the songwriters retreats in Las Vegas and Tulum, Mexico.

Sunset Sessions[edit]

Main article: Sunset Sessions

In March 1998, Michele Clark Promotion created and produced the first Sunset Sessions, which was initially just an event designed to showcase artists to Triple A radio programmers in beautiful locations around the world. In 2005 Clark expanded Sunset Sessions to also invite Music Supervisors from film, television, commercials, sports and video games. Each February's Sunset Sessions focuses on the Triple A format, and now there is also a June's event that is geared towards the Alternative rock and Active rock formats. Clark also launched the first ever Multi-Format Sunset Sessions Vegas on the rooftop of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in November 2012, not only to launch new artists but to benefit charities around the world.[2] Sunset Sessions also has tours and songwriters retreats. The last songwriter's retreat was in Tulum Mexico October 2013


Personal life[edit]

Michele was born in Englewood New Jersey in 1957 and was raised in New Jersey solely by her mom Charlene. She met her husband Jack when she was 18 years old and they have been married since 1993. Michele & Jack live in Malibu Canyon since 1998 and have 4 children and 4 grandchildren (so far). Together they had Brittney and Shawn and Jack's older children Kristi and Jason. Grandchildren are Ryann, Jaxon, Logan and Jayden. Michele is very spiritually motivated in her work and her life.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Clark, Michele. "Michele Clark Entertainment". Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Cosmopolitan opening 'sunset sessions' to public". August 9, 2012. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 

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