Stacy Clark Is the Captain of Her Own Ship
Pop songstress Stacy Clark greets an early-morning telephone call with the unlikely combination of grogginess and upbeat charm. In a whirlwind of conversation that spans her career and upbringing, the 32-year-old musician contemplates the virtues of the caffeinated beverage made from the Brazilian yerba mate plant while shushing her two small dogs, who are vying for her attention. Though the New York native got her start in Buffalo, she has been working for a shot at the big time from the moment she arrived in Southern California nearly a decade ago.
Full of pride and overflowing with work ethic, Clark relentlessly perseveres in a business that often withholds stability. She recorded her first album at age 17 and interned at recording studios during her senior year, working two jobs to sustain the cost of making her own music. She bounced from label to label, intermittently acting as her own booking agent, manager and record label. Now signed to the EMI Records offshoot Harbour Records, Clark gears up for the dizzying yet gratifying experience of releasing her sixth full-length album, due in December. Her just-released EP, Days Into Nights, will foreshadow the later full-length and serve as a catalyst for her August residency at the Constellation Room. What's admirable about the indie-pop artist is her unwillingness to compromise her identity, as well as her ability to stay optimistic while moving forward in an industry that's not exactly reliable.
OC Weekly (Heidi Darby): You've been in Orange County for almost 10 years?
Stacy Clark: I moved here in 2004. Orange County is home; it's the longest place I've lived in since Buffalo.
Was it challenging to drive your own career so far away from home?
Yes, it's always hard to be away from your family and those you love. It helped that I was raised by a very strong mother. She taught me to work hard for what I wanted; I feel very thankful for that. I don't know how, as a single mother, she raised two girls while working full-time--to me, that's crazy. As tough as the music business and rejection can be, there are situations in life that are always much tougher.