Gary Clark (musician)

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Gary Clark
Born (1962-03-10) 10 March 1962 (age 55)
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 record producer. As a performer he is best known as the frontman of 1980s 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.

Career[edit]

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. 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 Singles Chart,[1] and number 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. 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.[1] The band split in 1991.[3]

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.[4] The album sold poorly despite some good reviews.[citation needed]

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,[5] whose songs were featured on the films Nightwatch, Jawbreaker, Wild Things and Charlie's Angels.[citation needed]

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,[6] 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 eight tracks on her subsequent album, White Lilies Island,[7] and has contributed songs to all of her albums after that - Counting Down The Days, Glorious: The Singles 1997-2007, and Come To Life.[8]

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 number 1 album Here We Go Again.[9]

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

In 2013, Clark co-wrote and produced Alex Hepburn's international hit single "Under". In the same year, Clark co-wrote and co-produced Kim Cesarion's album, Undressed, including the eponymous single, "Undressed". He co-wrote the song "Back To Life" on Lawson'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 had TV, film and commercial placements, including 666 Park Avenue, Underbelly: Badness, Teen Wolf, Pretty Little Liars and on AMC Halloween week.

Other artists and writers has worked with include 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, Eddi Reader, The Veronicas, David McAlmont, Delta Goodrem, Lawson, The Wanted, Gin Wigmore and Reece Mastin.[8]

In 2014, he co-wrote The Veronicas' song, "Cold".[11]

He co-composed and co-performed the music on the 2016 film Sing Street.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 140. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ "BMI : Gary Clark". Repertoire.bmi.com. Retrieved 2016-08-20. 
  3. ^ "Danny Wilson Biography". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2010-07-21. 
  4. ^ "Gary Clark - Ten Short Songs About Love (Vinyl, LP)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-08-20. 
  5. ^ "Transister Discography". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-08-20. 
  6. ^ "Breed - Lauren Christy | Credits". AllMusic. 1997-06-24. Retrieved 2016-08-20. 
  7. ^ MacKenzie Wilson (2001-11-27). "White Lilies Island - Natalie Imbruglia | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-08-20. 
  8. ^ a b "Gary Clark | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-08-20. 
  9. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine (2009-07-21). "Here We Go Again - Demi Lovato | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-08-20. 
  10. ^ "Child of the Universe - Delta Goodrem | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-08-20. 
  11. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine (2015-03-16). "The Veronicas - The Veronicas | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-08-20. 
  12. ^ Guy Lodge (2016-01-25). "'Sing Street' Review: John Carney Scores Once More With New Musical". Variety. Retrieved 2016-08-20. 

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