In a special fundraising concert for Solvang Festival Theater
Wed, May 02, 2018
Tickets go on sale March 1st @12:00 am. Pricing information coming soon.
Washington-born and bred singer/songwriter Brandy Clark released her highly anticipated second album, Big Day in a Small Town, in June 2016 on her new major label home, Warner Bros. Records. Produced by Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Cage the Elephant), the album debuted in the Top Ten on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart and secured a place on Rolling Stone’s “45 Best Albums of 2016 So Far” and “25 Best Country & Americana Albums of 2016 So Far” lists while its lead single, “Girl Next Door,” was named one of TIME’s “Best Songs of 2016 So Far” as well as landing on “best of” lists from American Songwriter, Entertainment Weekly, Billboard and NPR. The Associated Press described the album as “gritty and visceral” while The Memphis Commercial Appeal boasted it was “the best album by any woman across the country continuum over the past decade” and Garden & Gun named her “...currently the best songwriter in Nashville.” Clark received two 2017 GRAMMY nominations for Best Country Album (Big Day in a Small Town) and Best Country Solo Performance (“Love Can Go To Hell”).
Clark’s successful 2017 has included an intimate acoustic tour with label mate Charlie Worsham and the release of Big Day in a Small Town outtake “You’re Drunk” which Rolling Stone praised as a “reggae-tinged,” “hilariously hopped-up” track with a “saucy storyline.” Clark also recently released her first ever live album, Live From Los Angeles, recorded from an intimate 2016 performance at Los Angeles’ renowned Hotel Café that Los Angeles Times’ Randy Lewis heralded as “smart to the core.” After that iconic performance, Lewis proclaimed that Brandy Clark is “by and large is handling her transformation from behind-the-scenes songwriter to woman in the spotlight pretty effortlessly.”
It was as a songwriter that the now six-time GRAMMY nominee first came to the music world’s attention. After graduating from Belmont University in Nashville, Clark’s talent at transforming her unique perspective on the world into song quickly brought her to the attention of Music City’s songwriting community where she often co-wrote with tunesmiths Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves, Trevor Rosen, Jessie Jo Dillon and others. Keith Urban, Darius Rucker, Reba McEntire, Sheryl Crow, Toby Keith, LeAnn Rimes, Gretchen Wilson, Craig Morgan and more were among the artists who have recorded her songs. Miranda Lambert took “Mama’s Broken Heart” all the way to No. 1 (earning Clark’s first GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Song in 2013), which was soon repeated by The Band Perry’s recording of “Better Dig Two.” Cleveland.com/The Plain Dealer referred to Clark as “the best wordsmith in Nashville right now...”
But Clark’s original dream was to be an artist herself. So in October 2013, she quietly released her debut project, 12 Stories, on Texas indie label Slate Creek Records...and her voice was heard loudly! The Boston Globe wrote that “in a bountiful year for female country singer/songwriters, Clark was at the head of the class, mining deep veins and yielding lyrical insights from the smallest moments in life that bind us together” and named it the best album of 2013, as did New York Magazine, NPR, and The New York Post. 12 Stories also appeared on year-end best-of lists in Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, and The Los Angeles Times, which called it “the country debut of the year.”
Clark was named Music Row Magazine's 2014 Breakthrough Artist of the Year and won a Country Music Association Award for Song of the Year (along with co-writers McAnally and Musgraves) for writing Musgraves’ hit “Follow Your Arrow.” She also received a second CMA nomination in the Best New Artist category. This was followed in 2015 with two Academy of Country Music Award nominations: Song of the Year for writing “Follow Your Arrow” and Female Vocalist of the Year.
At the 2015 GRAMMY Awards, Clark earned two nominations: the all-genre Best New Artist Award and Best Country Album for 12 Stories. And while she didn’t receive either award, she won the attention of millions of viewers due to her intimate performance of “Hold My Hand” with Dwight Yoakam on the nationally televised broadcast. “Hold My Hand” would later receive a 2016 GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Song.
As her success grew, the artist TIME called “...one of country’s driving forces” became a regular presence on television, appearing on “Late Show with David Letterman,” “Ellen,” “Good Morning America,” “The Talk,” “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” “Live with Kelly,” “Front and Center,” “ACM: Duets” and more.
It’s not just about writing and recording for Clark though – it’s also about that live experience when she performs for an audience. As NPR’s Jacob Gantz noted, “Clark’s gift as a performer is making any room – even a newsroom on a cold, rainy spring afternoon – feel as warmly human.” She opened for Loretta Lynn at the world famous Ryman Auditorium in Nashville and toured with superstar artists such as Eric Church on his “The Outsiders World Tour” (including a sold-out show at New York City’s Madison Square Garden), with Alan Jackson on his “25th Anniversary Tour,” and with friend and frequent co-writer Jennifer Nettles on the “CMT Next Women of Country Music Tour.” She performed in both Dublin and at the O2 in London as part of the 2015 “C2C Festival” and is set to return to the UK on her own in September 2016 to perform at venues in London, Birmingham, and Manchester, England as well as in Glasgow, Scotland.
Now, with the release of Big Day in Small Town, Clark is “...handling her transformation from behind-the-scenes songwriter to woman in the spotlight pretty effortlessly” according to The Los Angeles Times. “Music Row songwriting doesn’t get any better,” said US Weekly while SPIN called it “aggressive and big-grinned...designed to move people and make them feel things.” The Guardian wrote, “Clark’s music speaks to a vast audience who weren’t hearing themselves in country. She writes songs for the workers who keep America spinning, the overburdened mothers putting themselves last, the women in middle age struggling to reconcile their faith with their need for relief, be it romantic or chemical.”
Perhaps Rolling Stone sums it up best with this observation that Clark reaches a wide audience with her music that is “tooled alternately for stadiums and songwriting circles, commercial and public radio, line-dance bars and coffee shops.”
Venue: Solvang Festival Theater
Age: No children under 5 years will be admitted into the theater. And, please leave your pets at home