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Liddy Clark: Cultivating Change Through Music

Jeanine Wells

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Liddy Clark: Cultivating Change Through Music

Country music trailblazer Liddy Clark seeks indie-pop inspiration in her sound by adding a unique flair to her tone along with captivating lyrics. The twenty-year-old has had a plethora of experience and opportunity in the music industry, including opening for Scotty McCreery and Jake Owen, as well as performing for Radio Disney and the iHeart Country Music Summit at the Country Music Hall of Fame; furthermore, Clark attends the USC Thornton School of Music, studying Music Business and Industry Studies to further her involvement in the field. Clark explains her passion for songwriting, recalling that, “It’s kinda just in the feeling I get when I’m writing songs or performing on stage, getting to be my most vulnerable & excited & intimate with others through music is just a feeling unlike any other.” Clark writes with heart-on-her-sleeve honesty and real-life detail on her tracks, inviting listeners into her reflection and emotion during her happiness as well as her grievances.

Clark discusses the most impactive moment in her life being her sophomore year of college when the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting occurred on February 14, 2018. Clark expresses how deeply this affected her, “I was so angry & upset about the subject for a long time that every time I would think about it I couldn’t gather my thoughts or make them super coherent or precise.” Finally, after receiving an invitation to the Wear Orange Day event in Parkland, Clark knew it was time to speak up. “I knew I had to finally write the song & it was pretty much written that night I found out about the event.” Since the debut of her single, “Shot Down (Stand Up),” Clark has the platform to have a conversation about gun violence, and has been featured in the Rolling Stones and CMT, in addition, the song has caught the attention of the political arena and fans with over 65,000 combined streams and views on YouTube and Spotify. Clark expresses how rewarding it has been to positively impact her community with her song, saying, “It’s been a cathartic release for me, getting to finally put most of my feelings on the subject out there & get to talk with people about the subject. Everyone I’ve talked to from Parkland has been super positive about the song, & I’m extremely grateful for that.”

It is no secret that Clark is an innovator in her field, and yet she expresses her concern that younger people’s talent and thoughts are not as valued as those of a more experienced background both in the music scene as well as the political sector. Clark adds a gleam of hope for the future of the music industry, encouraging younger people to never shy away from expressing themselves and voices that, “The younger you start, the more experience you get to have. You may not be the best right away, but that’s how you grow & how you can age yourself through music. I know that I feel a lot older inside because of the experiences I’ve had with my career, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing & I feel like I’ve gotten so much more out of life because of it.”

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