Member Since 2004
An independent-minded artist who’s as serious about her guitar playing as she is about singing and songwriting, Terri Clark has blended classic and modern influences to become one of the distinctive female artists of the “New Country” era.
A native Canadian, Terri was born in Montreal but raised in faraway Medicine Hat, Alberta. A country music fan from childhood—her grandparents were musicians who once opened for the likes of George Jones—she grew up on records by artists such as Reba McEntire, Ricky Skaggs, and the Judds, and was making local appearances by the time she finished high school.
Moving to Nashville in 1987, Terri performed for tips at clubs like the famous Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge while pursuing a record deal. She signed with Mercury Records in 1994, and stormed onto the hit parade in 1995 and 1996 with four Top 10 hits: “Better Things To Do,” “When Boy Meets Girl,” “If I Were You,” and “Poor, Poor Pitiful Me.” Her accomplishments won her the title of Billboard’s Top New Female Country Artist in 1995 and three Canadian Country Music Awards in 1996, the first of a dozen she’s taken home over the years.
Yet despite her success—the following three years saw her score again with songs like “Now That I Found You,” “You’re Easy On The Eyes” (her first No. 1), and “Every Time I Cry”—Terri continued to grow as an artist. In 2000, she released the introspective Fearless, which earned critical acclaim for its artistry and a Top 20 single in “A Little Gasoline.”
Combining the mature songwriting and emotional depth of Fearless with the accessibility of her earlier work, Terri returned in 2002 with Pain to Kill. The album generated two major hits, including “I Just Wanna Be Mad,” which was the first No. 1 country hit by a female artist in more than two years. Her stature as a major artists was ratified in 2004 when Mercury released her Greatest Hits collection, which included a new No. 1 hit, “Girls Lie Too”; Terri’s performance of the clever, pointed song with an all-female, all-star band on that year’s CMA Awards was a highlight of the televised show.
Culminating a dream since her childhood days, Terri joined the cast of the Grand Ole Opry on June 12, 2004.
Twelve years and seven albums after signing with Mercury Records, Terri's contract came to an end leading her to sign with BNA Records in 2007 where she released, In My Next Life. A year later, Terri left BNA and decided to focus on her career in Canada while still appearing on the Opry whenever she has the chance.
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