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Welcome back: catching up with Stacy Clark

Grand Island native Stacy Clark returns to Western New York for two shows this week.

blog by Ben Kirst  • 

She’s back—Stacy Clark, the former Buffalo State soccer captain turned Orange County singer / songwriter, returns to Western New York this week for a pair of quickie concerts as part of a fall tour criss-crossing the United States. Clark will perform at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Brick Oven Pizzeria (2375 Grand Island Boulevard, Grand Island) and 7 p.m. on Friday as part of Pinktober at the Hard Rock Cafe (333 Prospect St., Niagara Falls, NY).

The homecoming performances (Clark is a Grand Island native) come as part of an exciting 2012 for the young woman who was once named Best Female Performer at the Southern California Music Awards. Clark earned the Best Singer / Songwriter nod at the Artists in Music Series in Los Angeles, saw her music video, “Sign,” get picked up on MTV and Sirius-XM and earned high-profile gigs as the opener for concerts featuring Matt Nathanson, Eddie Money and Roger Hodgson (Supertramp). When she plays the Hard Rock Cafe on Friday, she will warm up the stage for former Go-Gos lead singer Belinda Carlisle.

With Clark continuing her steady rise in the music business, she took some time out to complete a quick email interview with Buffalo.com earlier this week to let us know what she’s up to, how she handles life on the road and how to vote in the upcoming election.

Buffalo.com: What was the bigger thrill—sharing a bill with Matt Nathanson (Oct. 13 in Newport Beach), Belinda Carlisle (this coming Friday in NIagara Falls) or Eddie Money (July 7 in Lockport)?
Stacy Clark:They are all pretty exciting, and although Eddie was a sweetheart, I am going to have to say Belinda Carlisle. The Go-Gos where the first all-female band to write their own songs and play their own instruments while topping the Billboard charts. Being a female in the music business, I can really appreciate the doors they opened for the rest of us.

Q.: You recently released a cover of Frank Sinatra “Come Fly With Me”—what was the inspiration behind that track?
SC: I just really love the song and wanted to pay tribute to one of the greatest artists of all time.  I have to say this recording is one of my favorites (that) I have ever done. I worked with producer Jon Berry (Runner Runner) and together we created a modern take that we are really proud of.


Q: You’re going on the road for a few weeks—do you enjoy the travel and new faces, or is it kind of a stressful time, hoping to find an audience, never knowing what’s waiting in the next town? Or kind of a combination of both?
SC: The road is always a mixture of emotions.  It is a lot of fun, but also is a lot of work and can be exhausting. This is a quick 12-day tour starting in Buffalo and ending in California, so that means some long eight-hour-plus drives. We get to the city, set up, sound check, eat dinner and perform. Tear down, hang out with friends, get up early to drive to the next location and repeat. 

I think this will be a very fun tour as I am touring with my friend Vic Lazar of Vox Humana. We met back in 1996 when I performed at my very first open mic at Stimulance coffeehouse. I have always looked up to him as a guitar player and songwriter so it’s kind of amazing that we are touring together. We are hitting up Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago, Lincoln, Denver, Albuquerque, Taos, Phoenix and then driving to California. Once we get to California, I have a fly date to Florida. It is kind of crazy to pack so much in so little time, but crazy is my normal.

I love traveling and getting my music out in the world one city at a time. I also enjoy seeing old friends, making new ones, trying local cuisine and seeing new places. However, if I am out on the road for more then a month, I miss the comfort of my own bed and life at home. If I am home for too long, I get that itch to travel. It is in my blood.

Q:Favorite city to play (Buffalo doesn’t count)?
SC: It is a tie between New York City and Washington, D.C. I have such great fans and friends there. The support is amazing, and I need to get back there soon.

Q: What are you listening to these days?
SC: I’m listening to The Lighthouse and the Whaler, this summer as part of the Larkin series, you really dropped the electronic and folk influences and went with more straight-ahead rock sound—are you intentionally mixing things up, changing your sound a bit, or is this just natural growth?
SC: I always lean towards more organic, rock performances. I love electronic and folk music, but also it’s so much better to not play with backing tracks. I do like to mix things up to keep it interesting.

Q: New music for you -– what’s out, what’s coming out, where can people get it?
SC: I have a bunch of new songs and a new music video, “Make A Move,” that will be out sometime in 2013. That is all to be determined.

Q: Sum up 2012 so far for you. 
SC: I have to say, 2012 has been pretty amazing. I won an ASCAP Award, the Artists in Music Best Singer/Songwriter in L.A., and had my music video “Sign” on MTV.  I have been doing lots of writing, lots of shows and got to open for some amazing artists.  I was thankful to spend half of my summer in Buffalo to spend time with my family. I did a short tour with Plain White Ts and my good friends Crash Boom Bang, which was a blast.  Opened for Eddie Money, Rodger Hodgson of Supertramp, A Fine Frenzy, Josh Radin, Matt Nathanson and Melissa Ferrick. Met Sheryl Crow, Jim Adkins of Jimmy Eat World (which made me feel like a kid in the candy store). Overall, I met some great people and have some great memories.  The crazy thing is the year is not even over—I am looking forward to this tour and singing with my friend Andrew at his last show of his band, Jack’s Mannequin, in Los Angeles. 

Q: Final question—who’s our next president, and how invested are you in the election?
SC: I think that everyone should do there research and chose the best candidate that they agree with. It is such a personal preference. I want to encourage everyone, especially young voters, to register and vote.


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