Brandy Clark is an acclaimed singer/songwriter who released two country music albums. Her first album, 12 Stories, was released in 2013 and received CMA and Grammy nominations for “Best Album of 2013,” per the Brandy Clark website. Her 2016 album, Big Day in a Small Town, tells the stories of the people in a small town, including the football star, homecoming queen, father, and hairdresser. The album has been nominated for two Grammy Awards, including Best Country Solo Performance for “Love Can Go To Hell” and Best Country Album for Big Day In a Small Town. Following are some things you might not know about Brandy Clark.
1. She grew up in the small town in Washington State where Mt. St. Helens erupted in 1980.
Clark grew up in the small town of Morton, Washington, where she dreamed of being a country singer. Mount St. Helens erupted when Brandy was just a little girl, per Billboard. Her grandmother, who she describes as a “character,” recruited her to model tee-shirts with burn holes, reading “I Skied Down Mount St. Helens” in 1980.
2. She comes from a working-class family.
Her father was a logger who was killed in a work-related accident. Her mother worked at the mill’s human resources office. Brandy toiled at a fencing mill, per CMT. She relates to lives of working class people.
3. She is influenced by classic country artists.
The movie, “Coal Miner’s Daughter, “resonates with the artist, who is obsessed with the music of Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, and Merle Haggard, per her biography on CMT.
4. She broke into songwriting before finding success as a singer.
Clark moved to Nashville and did not break into a singing career right away. She did find success as a songwriter, with cuts including Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart,” The Band Perry’s “Better Dig Two,” and Kacey Musgraves’ “Follow Your Arrow,” which was the CMA Song of the Year in 2014, per CMA. Her songs have also been recorded by Reba, Kenny Rogers, Darius Rucker, and Sheryl Crow, per She Knows.
5. She is openly gay.
Clark is one of a small number of country artists who are openly gay, per Billboard. It is not known whether she is in a relationship, but she is confident of being embraced as a talented individual. She told Billboard, “The only people who ask me about my sexuality are journalists.