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Monday, 15 February, 2010 7:08 PM

Country star Terri Clark to perform at The Ark on Feb. 19 in Ann Arbor

Photo credit: Sweet Talk Publicity

Terri Clark

by Jason Rzucidlo
americajr@americajr.com

 

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Terri Clark was born as Terri Lynn Sauson on August 5, 1968 in Montreal, Quebec. She's had success in both Canada and in the United States. Clark was originally signed to Mercury Records in 1995, then moved to Capitol Records Nashville in the U.S. and EMI Records in Canada. She is known for the number one singles "You're Easy on the Eyes," "Girls Lie Too" and "In My Next Life." Clark will perform an acoustic show on Friday, Feb. 19 at The Ark music venue in Ann Arbor.

Although Clark was born in Quebec, she was raised in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada. The country singer said it was easy for her to get a good grasp on the English language after learning French first.

"I didn't live in Quebec very long, but I did know French when I was in grammar school," she said. "I had to take French classes. It was kind of a mandatory thing. Then, we moved to western Canada. I spent my teenage years from 9-10 until 18 in western Canada where they didn't speak French really. That's as much as that went."

Clark's grandparents, Ray and Betty Gauthier, were also country musicians in Canada. They offered some advice to her about the music industry.

"They told me it was a very hard business," the country singer admitted. "I needed to be tough and really needed to stand my ground. They mostly just told me how hard the business was. They played at bars so they saw that more seedy of it really, the late nights, the smoke. They had to do a lot more club and bar singing than I did. I was lucky in that I did some early years at Tootsie's as a single act, solo with my acoustic guitar, but I avoided a lot of the bar scene, which I was lucky to do."

She has had many hit singles over the years including "Better Things To Do," "When Boy Meets Girl," "Poor Poor Pitiful Me," "I Just Wanna Be Mad," among many others. But which is her favorite to perform?

"Oh my goodness, that's a loaded question," Clark responded. "I have a lot of songs that I really enjoy performing. 'Better Things To Do' maybe because it was my very first one. It was the beginning of that whole dream I dreamt of as a little girl coming through. Every time I sing that song, it makes me go back to the first year of my career. It was such a wonderful time."

The country singer has released all of her albums on the same day in Canada and in the United States, except for her latest record.

"It was just because I was independent and my Canadian deal came together before my American deal did," she explained. "The Canadian side was just anxious to get it out there. So that's why it happened. Usually, it doesn't. Next time, I hope they coincide better. I wasn't too happy about that."

Clark's latest album, The Long Way Home, was released on Sept. 1, 2009 in Canada and on Oct. 20, 2009 in the United States.

"I've had a couple of hit singles in Canada called 'If You Want Fire' and another one 'Gypsy Boots,'" the country singer said. "The third single now is called 'A Million Ways To Run' and that's a song basically about not running away from your problems and issues anymore and just dealing with things instead of escaping with alcohol or gambling or whatever it is you do to escape. A lot of songs on this album are very, very deep and introspective for me. My mother's been battling cancer and a lot of my choices as to what went on this album were reflective of a lot of personal issues."

How is your new record different from some of your previous works?

"It's a lot more personal," Clark answered. "The songs on it have much more of a personal connection. My previous work I was a little more focused on churning out radio hits and radio-friendly tunes that would do well there and this time around I wasn't as concerned about that. So my choices were a lot less limited. I was able to record things that mattered to me rather than trying to second guess would everybody else would like."

She will make a stop on her "Unplugged & Alone" tour at The Ark on Feb. 19 in Ann Arbor, Mich.

"The show's going to be just me and a guitar on a stool," the country singer said. "I'll be talking a lot. I've never been to The Ark, but I hear it's a wonderful venue for this type of show. So I'm very excited about it. I'm going to be signing afterwards at the merchandise table, meeting people. I'm going to be playing a lot of album cuts from previous albums that never made it as singles. Ones that I feel like shoulda been. A lot of my best material is still laying on album cuts that have never made it to the radio. A lot of people never got to hear. People who have those albums will recognize everything I'm playing. I'm going to play a lot of songs from the new album and the hits too. I think it's going to be a different show than anyone's seen me do before. I started out with just me and guitar so there's no reason why I shouldn't do this type of thing."

Clark performed twice at the Downtown Hoedown in Detroit -- in 1999 and in 2006. What are your thoughts on that festival?

"It was huge, I think it was great," she responded. "I really enjoyed myself. The audience was great. I do really well up in Michigan. I think all of us who grew up in the snow can relate to each other. The show I'm doing at The Ark is going to be very different from that show. It's a whole different type of thing."

The country singer recently performed at the Olympic torch relay ceremonies in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada and in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. What was that experience like for you?

"I had to learn to saw my fingers out," Clark explained. "It was hard to play guitar with frozen fingers, but the weather wasn't too bitterly cold. I really enjoyed it. There's such a spirit that goes behind the Olympics and the Olympics scene in Vancouver. Canada's very proud and I'm just really proud to be a part of it. I had a really nice time doing that. I got a couple of free Olympic sweatshirts while I was at it."

She said the upcoming concert will be very intimate. There will be a mix and match of album cuts, old songs and new singles as well. Clark describes the concert as her sitting inside someone's living room and doing a show there.

Click here to order tickets for Terri Clark's acoustic performance at The Ark in Ann Arbor.

For more information on Terri Clark, visit www.terriclark.com or www.myspace.com/terriclark.

 

 

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