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Sons of Sylvia, originally known as The Clark Brothers, was an American country pop trio composed of three brothers with the surname Clark: Adam (guitar, mandolin), Ashley (lead vocals, fiddle, mandolin, guitar) and Austin (background vocals, resonator guitar). All three, along with their three other brothers Aaron, Andrew, and Alan, originally comprised a sextet called The Clark Family Experience. Sons of Sylvia released its debut album in April 2010.

Sons of Sylvia
Also known asThe Clark Brothers
OriginVirginia, United States
GenresCountry pop
Years active2007–2012
LabelsUniversal South
Associated actsThe Clark Family Experience, Carrie Underwood, Ryan Tedder
Past membersAdam Clark
Ashley Clark
Austin Clark


Brothers Adam, Ashley, Austin, Aaron, Andrew, and Alan Clark, natives of Rocky Mount, Virginia, founded a family band in the late 1990s called The Clark Family Experience. The band recorded one album for Curb Records in 2000 and charted in the Top 20 on the Billboard country singles charts with "Meanwhile Back at the Ranch." The Clark Family Experience disbanded in 2002 after filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.[1]

In 2007, Adam, Ashley, and Austin began playing as The Clark Brothers. Under this name, the trio won the top prize in the Fox Networks talent competition The Next Great American Band, and subsequently signed to 19 Recordings.[2] The band renamed itself Sons of Sylvia in October 2009.[3]

Sons of Sylvia appeared on the song "What Can I Say" on Carrie Underwood's third album, Play On. The band had a connection with Underwood through Ashley, who toured with Carrie as her fiddle player from 2005-2009. The band performed "What Can I Say" with Carrie Underwood on December 7, 2009, on Carrie Underwood: An All Star Holiday Special. Sons of Sylvia also joined Carrie on her 2010 "Play On Tour".[4] The band performed their debut single, "Love Left to Lose," on the April 28, 2010 results show episode of American Idol and were introduced by Carrie Underwood.[5]

The group are cousins to Ryan Tedder, lead singer for OneRepublic, who co-wrote and produced the group's debut single, "Love Left to Lose".[6] The album's second single, "I'll Know You", was released to radio in late 2010 but did not chart. In February 2012 Sons Of Sylvia were dropped from Interscope Records. Ashley signed with I.R.S. Records as a solo artist in 2015.[7] As fate would have it Ashley Clark got dropped, yet again from another record label. I.R.S. Records went belly-up in mid December 2015. The same year he was signed.


Studio albumsEdit

Title Album details Peak chart
US Rock
Revelation 33 9


Year Single Peak chart
US Bubbling
US Adult
2010 "Love Left to Lose" 1 32 Revelation
"I'll Know You"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videosEdit

Year Video Director
2010 "Love Left to Lose" Wayne Isham
"I'll Know You" David McClister

Other appearancesEdit

Year Song(s) Album/Program Notes
2009 "What Can I Say" Play On with Carrie Underwood
2012 "Born This Way", and
"Heard It Through the Grapevine"
American Idol Two of the brothers (on fiddle and guitar) accompanied
Skylar Laine's Wednesday, April 18, 2012 performances


  1. ^ Dickens, Tad (2007-12-14). "Clark Brothers still in it; taking one show at a time". Roanoke Times. Archived from the original on 2012-09-10. Retrieved 2008-07-09.
  2. ^ "Biography". Sons of Sylvia. Retrieved 2012-03-29.
  3. ^ "The Scoop". Country Weekly. 16 (38): 12–13. 2009-08-31. ISSN 1074-3235.
  4. ^ ""Play On Tour" Kicks Off This Thursday! | The Official Carrie Underwood Site". 2010-04-09. Retrieved 2012-03-29.
  5. ^ YouTube.
  6. ^ Sons of Sylvia, 'Love Left to Lose' - Story Behind the Lyrics.
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Sons of Sylvia Album & Song Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 16, 2010.
  9. ^ "Sons of Sylvia Album & Song Chart History - Rock Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 16, 2010.
  10. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2011). Top Pop Singles 1955–2010. Record Research, Inc. p. 834. ISBN 0-89820-188-8.
  11. ^ "Sons of Sylvia Album & Song Chart History - Adult Pop Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 16, 2010.

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