May 2011 KERRY PATRICK CLARK Bio Kerry Patrick Clark is a musical Norman Rockwell. His palette is a simple 12-note scale, a 6-string guitar and one voice that seeks to sing hope into the human experience. His songs are the compass that points the heart home. He dares the dreamer in each of us to remember who we are. He challenges the believer in each of us to choose who we want to be. Kerry built the recording studio in which his 5th CD, On the Road to Human Being, was recorded. He laid a sub-floor over the cement for both warmth and insulation. He constructed walls within the walls to dampen sound. He designed the rooms to accommodate both his equipment and his personality: a bend here, a window there. He turned the sterile metal support beam into a shelf to hold CDs. When the old, abandoned school down the street was being torn down, he took the wood flooring that had been marked by the dimples of ten thousand students and laid it in his hallway. Kerry is a blend of the practical and the visionary. He’s got a brilliant mathematical mind (for what is music but sonic math) mixed with an ability for theoretical understanding (just note the title of his new CD). What he can’t seem to figure out though, after decades of trying, is exactly how to classify his music. It’s not nuts and bolts, and it doesn’t seem to fit easily into the defined boxes of pop, folk, country, singer/songwriter, Americana. Instead, his music is quintessential Kerry Patrick Clark—each song coming from a moment he’s lived, and all roads leading to this one. As he was on the verge of putting the final touches on the recording for his next release, his computer crashed and wiped out hundreds of hours of material. At first he was devastated, but Kerry quickly found acceptance. “What’s perfect about having to do it all again is that my music has been honed by taking the time to reflect and rewrite. Sometimes starting over is the best way to not only capture the emotions in each song better, but to write each song in a way that is accessible to more people—taking my story and turning it into our story.” Kerry’s music has always been a place he could go to find peace. Or answers. Or to ask the questions that his life and his heart have been asking. His music is about experiencing the entire range of emotions our hearts can feel. The wonderful highs of a wedding, a child’s birth and the love of family mixed with the extreme sorrow of loss, death and moments of hopelessness. Kerry’s journey has been in finding out what a true gift these emotions are by taking the time to be in each one and feel it fully. That journey has not only made his life richer, but it’s also made his music richer. Kerry Patrick Clark’s musical journey began in Fifth grade when his mother bought his father a guitar as an anniversary gift. “My dad taught me the 5 chords he knew.” Clark says smiling fondly. “I learned the songs of the singer/songwriters that moved me- John Denver, Harry Chapin, James Taylor.” Kerry learned and sang those songs until the songs in his heart sang louder than those on records or the radio. Kerry released his first project, Life And Times, a record!- in 1985. Of the 1,000 copies that were pressed and sold that year, one made it’s way to the offices of The New Christy Minstrels. Clark toured with the Christy’s in 1985, celebrating the group’s 25th anniversary! He later recorded the projects; A Simple Man, 1994; Build A Bridge, 1996; Choose Love, 2000; 911…Songs To Heal A Nation, 2001. Ground Zero, a track from the 911... CD, was used by CNN in the 6th month anniversary special to honor those who served and those lost in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Both Kerry’s music and performances have received national recognition and awards. • #1 Roots Music Reports - On The Road To Human Being (CD), March, April, May 2011 #13 Roots Music Report - “Choose Love”, May 2011 • Cornhole The Movie - love-theme writer (2010) • Challenge Day - theme song writer (2009) • Songs Of Love foundation - song writer • 2005 NRB TV Committee - 1st Place People’s Choice (Video) • 2005 NRB TV Committee - 2nd Place Judge’s Award (Video) • 911 Songs To Heal A Nation - featured on PBS special - Reclaiming Hope and CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Show (2001) • 1999 Lake Erie West - Male Vocalist of the Year • 1998 Lake Erie West - Adult Contemporary Artist of the Year • 1997 Lake Erie West - Male Vocalist of the Year, Entertainer of the Year & Recording of the Year (nominee) • 1996 Lake Erie West - Male Vocalist of the Year • 1993 700 Club - Male Vocalist of the Year • Star Search ’92 - Runner up • member of folk group The New Christy Minstrels • award winning Billboard magazine song writer • TNN’s Be A Star - winner • Children’s Miracle Network - host • ESPN’s Bob Mann Celebrity Sport Styles- theme song writer • TNN’s You Can Be A Star - winner • scored music for the movie “Pennies For Heaven”
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