Brandy Lynn Clark (born October 9, 1975) is an American country music singer-songwriter. Her songs have been recorded by Sheryl Crow, Miranda Lambert, The Band Perry, Reba McEntire, LeAnn Rimes, Billy Currington, Darius Rucker, and Kacey Musgraves.[2] She was nominated for Best New Artist at the 2015 Grammy Awards.

Brandy Clark
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Clark performing in June 2014
Background information
Birth nameBrandy Lynn Clark[1]
Born (1975-10-09) October 9, 1975 (age 44)
OriginMorton, Washington, United States
InstrumentsSinger, acoustic guitar, piano
Years active2005–present

Early lifeEdit

Brandy Clark was reared in Morton, Washington, a logging town of 900 people in the shadow of Mount Rainier. As a child in the 1980s she was influenced by the country-pop and traditional country music artists she heard her parents and grandmother play, like Barbara Mandrell, Ronnie Milsap, Merle Haggard and Loretta Lynn. Clark cites the Patsy Cline movie "Sweet Dreams" as one of her biggest early influences.[3]

She first picked up the guitar at nine years old and made her singing debut in school musicals. Her mother encouraged her to write songs. Brandy abandoned her music for a period in high school, instead devoting her energies to sports, eventually attending college on a basketball scholarship at Central Washington University. She later quit basketball and moved back home where she obtained an associate degree from a community college. As a teenager she discovered the music business program at Belmont University, so she enrolled and moved to Nashville in 1998. She got more serious about music when she entered college, taking guitar lessons again and joining a band with her mother and a friend. She studied commercial music and was chosen to perform in the school's prestigious "Best of the Best Showcase". Upon graduation, Clark landed a job with Leadership Music which led to her eventual publishing deal.[4]

Music careerEdit

In 2011 "Mama's Broken Heart", written by Clark with Shane McAnally (her frequent collaborator) and Kacey Musgraves, appeared on Miranda Lambert's album Four the Record. It was released on January 14, 2013 as the fourth single reaching No. 2 on both the Billboard Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts. Clark's biggest success to date was as the co-writer along with McAnally and Trevor Rosen when she celebrated a No.1 song ASCAP Party at an industry gathering for The Band Perry's third No. 1 hit, "Better Dig Two".[5]

As a Music Row songwriter Clark writes songs that are mostly about the seedy underbelly of country folk. They are observational pieces based on flawed characters that tell the truth on the human condition. They contain dark humor, with a blend of wit and realism, while having the artistic license to make them fictional.[6]

In 2012 she opened shows for Grammy Award-winning artist Sheryl Crow. Brandy found an advocate in country artist Marty Stuart when on Saturday December 8, 2012 she joined him to make her Grand Ole Opry debut when she played his Grand Ole Opry Anniversary celebration and also at his Late Night Jam at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.[3][7]

At the beginning of 2013 Brandy was chosen by CMT as one of the "Women of Country", a year-long promotion featuring up and coming artists.[8]

In December 2012, Clark digitally released a self-titled three-track EP including songs "Pray to Jesus", "Stripes" and "Take a Little Pill". The song "Stripes" was released as a single and the official video made its CMT debut on July 4, 2013. It was directed by Becky Fluke (Little Big Town, Pistol Annies) and HLN's Nancy Grace plays a cameo role.[8]

As a co-writer of Miranda Lambert's "Mama's Broken Heart", on September 10, 2013 Brandy received a nomination in the Song of the Year category (presented to the songwriters) for the 47th Annual CMA Awards broadcast, held in Nashville on November 6, 2013.[9] She is also twice nominated for Song of the Year at the 4th Annual American Country Awards which will be held in Las Vegas on Dec 10, 2013.[10]

2013: 12 StoriesEdit

On October 22, 2013 Clark released her debut album 12 Stories. Produced by Dave Brainard, it features Vince Gill on background vocals.[8] It made its debut at No. 28 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart[11] On January 6, 2014 Clark made her network CBS network TV debut on The Late Show with David Letterman, performing the lead single "Stripes".[12] In 2014, Clark opened for Jennifer Nettles on her "That Girl" tour.

2016: Big Day in a Small TownEdit

On June 10, 2016 Clark released her second album Big Day in a Small Town. Produced by Jay Joyce, The album's first single, "Girl Next Door" released to country radio on February 16, 2016. The album's second single, "Love Can Go to Hell" released to country radio on September 12, 2016.

Critical receptionEdit

Clark's song "Stripes" received favorable reviews from critics. Ben Foster of Country Universe praised the track: "As the first radio bid from an exceptionally talented singer-songwriter, "Stripes" does not disappoint. It's an ambitious, energetic debut single that makes the prospect of a full-length Brandy Clark album even more enticing." Foster rated the song an A.[13]

Music roots publication Engine 145 described her as "one of the most talented songwriters on Music Row, and she proves she is as talented a performer as she is a writer." 12 Stories received a 4.5-out-of-5 rating.[14]

Americana and Roots music blog Twang Nation placed 12 Stories at the top spot of its best of 2013 "Cream of the Crop".[15]

NPR music critic Ann Powers named the album her favorite of 2013. Powers noted that others share her sentiments, writing, "the top honor on many critics' lists is going to Clark, a storyteller of the highest caliber."[16]

The Los Angeles Times wrote that Clark's 2017 release,Live from Los Angeles is "smart to the core."[17]

Personal lifeEdit

Clark identifies as lesbian.[18]

Songwriting creditsEdit

Year Title Artist(s) Album
2005 "That's Why I Hate Pontiacs" Rebecca Lynn Howard Alive and Well (unreleased)
2008 "She'll Believe You" Kenny Rogers 50 Years
2009 "Things a Mama Don't Know" Mica Roberts Days You Live For
2010 "The Maker of Them All" Guy Penrod Breathe Deep
"Cry" Reba McEntire All The Women I Am
"The Day She Got Divorced"
2011 "Mama's Broken Heart" Miranda Lambert Four the Record
"The Boy Never Stays" Sarah Darling Angels & Devils
"Crazy Women" LeAnn Rimes Lady & Gentlemen
"That's How I'll Remember You" David Nail The Sound of a Million Dreams
"Tryin' to Go to Church" Ashton Shepherd Where Country Grows
2012 "Better Dig Two" The Band Perry Pioneer
"Waitin' on a Train" Buffy Lawson I'm Leaving You for Me
"We Can't Be Friends" Joanna Smith N/A
"Boys and Buses" Hayden Panettiere The Music of Nashville, Season 1: The Complete Collection
2013 "Dandelion" Kacey Musgraves Same Trailer Different Park
"Follow Your Arrow"
"It Is What It Is"
"Love Without You" Darius Rucker True Believers
"You Can Come Over" Craig Campbell Never Regret
"Get Outta My Yard" Gretchen Wilson Right on Time
"Come Back To Me" Keith Urban Fuse
"Songs About Trucks" Wade Bowen Wade Bowen
"We'll Come Back Around" Craig Morgan The Journey (Livin' Hits)
"Last Night's Make Up" Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan Dos Divas
"Homecoming Queen" Sheryl Crow Feels Like Home
2014 "Two Rings Shy" Miranda Lambert Platinum
"Burnin' Bed' David Nail I'm a Fire (album)
"Bad Girl Phase" Sunny Sweeney Provoked
"Wheels On The House" Ray Scott Ray Scott
"I Cheated On You" Terri Clark Some Songs
"Drunk Americans" Toby Keith 35 MPH Town
2015 "She Got Drunk Last Night" Reba McEntire Love Somebody
"Late to the Party" Kacey Musgraves Pageant Material
"This Town"
2016 "Liar Liar" Aubrie Sellers New City Blues
"Chaser" Jennifer Nettles Playing with Fire
"Drunk in Heels"
"Playing with Fire"
"Salvation Works"
"Starting Over"
"Unlove You"
"Christmas Makes Me Cry" Kacey Musgraves A Very Kacey Christmas
2017 "Pray to Jesus" The Oak Ridge Boys 17th Avenue Revival
2019 "Tammy Wynette Kind of Pain" Reba McEntire Stronger Than the Truth
"Ten Year Town" Hailey Whitters "The Days"


Studio albumsEdit

Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
US Country
US Heat
US Indie
US Folk
UK Country
12 Stories
  • Release date: October 22, 2013
  • Label: Slate Creek Records
  • Format: CD, digital download
23 163 2 22 10
Big Day in a Small Town
  • Release date: June 10, 2016
  • Label: Warner Records
  • Format: CD, digital download
8 82 5 3
Your Life Is a Record[27]
  • Release date: March 6, 2020
  • Label: Warner Records
  • Format: CD, digital download
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Live albumsEdit

Title Details
Live from Los Angeles
  • Release date: April 2017
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records

Extended playsEdit

Title Details
Brandy Clark
  • Release date: December 2012
  • Label: Self-released


Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country Airplay
2013 "Stripes" 12 Stories
"Pray to Jesus"
2014 "Hungover"
2016 "Girl Next Door" 39 Big Day in a Small Town
"Love Can Go to Hell"
2017 "Three Kids No Husband"
2020 "Who You Thought I Was" Your Life Is a Record
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Other charted songsEdit

Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country Digital
2015 "Hold My Hand" 49 12 Stories

Music videosEdit

Year Video Director
2013 "Stripes"[30] Becky Fluke
2014 "Get High"[31]
"His Hands" (with Jennifer Nettles)[32] Shaun Silva/Valarie Allyn Bienas
2016 "Girl Next Door"[33] Traci Goudie

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Organization Award Result
2013 Country Music Association Song of the Year — "Mama's Broken Heart" Nominated
American Country Awards Song of the Year - "Better Dig Two" Nominated
Song of the Year - "Mama's Broken Heart" Nominated
56th Grammy Awards Best Country Song - "Mama's Broken Heart" Nominated
2014 Academy of Country Music Song of the Year - "Mama's Broken Heart"[34] Nominated
CMA Awards Song of the Year - "Follow Your Arrow" Won
New Artist of the Year Nominated
2015 57th Grammy Awards Best Country Album - 12 Stories Nominated
Best New Artist Nominated
2015 British Country Music Association Awards International Song of the Year - Stripes Won
2016 58th Grammy Awards Best Country Song - "Hold My Hand" Nominated
2017 59th Grammy Awards[35] Best Country Solo Performance - "Love Can Go to Hell" Nominated
Best Country Album - "Big Day in a Small Town" Nominated
ACM Awards[36] New Female Vocalist of the Year Nominated


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