For up-and-coming singer/songwriter Liddy Clark, her love of music was discovered at an early age. “My one appearance at a talent show at seven years old,” she recalls, “turned into trying out musical theater and taking voice lessons! When I turned 13, I learned how to play guitar & write songs, and it’s pretty much snowballed from there!” We love that inspiration! Clark talked to us here at Soundigest about her dream unfolding today, with the release of her song “Your Ghost” earlier this month.
Many artists gain inspiration for their material through hardships and challenges, transforming their pain to reaction. “I wrote ‘Your Ghost’ in one of the darker emotional periods of my life after someone I thought I could trust ended up not being the person I thought they were,” she confesses, “I could only initially come up with a verse and a pre-chorus, so I was really thankful when I brought it to Shanna Crooks and Michael Davey, and we were able to finish writing the song in that session.” Totally, we can get by with a little help from our friends!
Transmitting those tough circumstances on paper can be therapeutic, almost like journaling or painting. Her single, “Shot Down (Stand Up)” premiered on CMT in 2018, and was inspired by the aftermath of the Parkland, FL school shooting and perseverance of America’s youth. “I think it’s incredibly important,” Clark confirms, “to portray tough emotions, especially because it can be hard to let yourself feel them fully sometimes. But I think going through those emotions is really how you can get to the other side of that grief.” This is helpful not only for the artist at work, but the listeners who hear the message, and need comfort too.
With live performances and concerts remaining at a stand-still due to the Covid-19 pandemic, that element of connection is missing for the music industry. However, we’ll revisit it at safer times! Liddy has shared the Chris Stapleton, Lindsey Ell, Jake Owen, and Scotty McCreery to name a few! When asked who is her next dream artist, she revealed, “It’d be pretty wild to get to share the stage with Ed Sheeran, so I’m just gonna go manifest that.” We hope to see this too! While in quarantine, Clark has been attempting to get fresh-air at least once a day and trying to keep active! “When we’re going through difficult times, (such as these circumstances) you can forget how big the world is. By getting outside, it’s nice not to feel trapped inside an apartment at least for a few!” We couldn’t agree more!
As for moving forward and continuing her music journey, Clark hopes to continue spreading awareness in her material. “I feel like we’ve created some really powerful songs and I think that’s something the world needs right now. I’d love to be back to live performances as soon as it’s safe to do so, and hopefully, I’ll be traveling to more cities to meet more people when that happens.”
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