Carly Clark
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Carly Clark

Harrisburg, PA | Established. Jan 01, 2016 | SELF

Harrisburg, PA | SELF
Established on Jan, 2016
Solo Pop Singer/Songwriter




"At Peace, Refreshed: With her music, Carly Clark wishes her audience a gentle escape."

Some of the world’s greatest singers had humble beginnings.

Bob Dylan got his start in Greenwich Village cafés. Even the Beatles began in small places like the Cavern Club. Carly Clark follows in this long tradition.

Recently, I caught Clark during a performance at Little Amps Coffee Roasters in Harrisburg. After a relatively long set by Kevin Bock (who added percussion on the cojón for a few numbers), she joined him and her bassist husband, Todd, opening with Foster the People’s “Pumped Up Kicks.”

Her smoky voice reminded me of Norah Jones. While originals like “Where I Belong” and “Oh, Darling” don’t quite possess the same jazzy progressions as on Jones’ debut, “Come Away with Me,” their dreamlike quality is equally enticing. Indeed, Clark cites Jones as an inspiration, as well as Colbie Caillat, John Mayer and Nina Simone.

In fact, Mayer’s influence showed on “Where I Belong.” The third song and first original she played, it rode along on a wave of soft, strummy chords and a breezy melody. The rhythmic changes and flow displayed the chemistry between the three performers.

A cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” followed, with Bock leaving the group to join the audience. Sipping a cup of strong coffee, he suddenly became less the musician and more the music fan.

The first song Clark and her husband played as a duo, “Dreams,” offered an intimate look at what it’s like when couples make music together. According to Carly, Todd learned the bass so he could accompany her at shows. There is a certain bond that people get when locked in a steady groove, and this is certainly true in their case.

They are an interesting pair from a visual standpoint. Carly’s small stature is offset by Todd’s height. While he towers over the bass, keeping a lock down on the rhythm, her guitar appears at times as if it could knock her down without a fight.

One thing that Clark feels is important to her art is positivity.

“I like to write about positive things and love most of the time,” she explained. “With everything that goes on with the world, it is nice to have something positive to think about and share with people around you.”

Indeed, this sense of love filled the cozy venue during “Oh, Darling.” The track, which she said was recently released as a single, carries the hypnotic quality found in “Breathe It Out.” At one point in the song, she requested that listeners snap their fingers. They did, and the song moved along without a hitch.

Clark’s ability to command attention was marvelous, and it showed her presence and ability to put on a show. Many performers seem eager to either shut out the audience or put up a wall, but, here, we had someone who wanted to get right in there and bond.

Following a cover of Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good,” Clark closed her set with an original, “Is it Too Soon?” All of her songs had a well-crafted edge to them, and this is most likely due to how long she’s been at it. By her own admission, she began writing songs because she “found it easier to write my own songs than play covers.”

I left with a feeling that Carly Clark’s songs offer plenty for a casual listener, along with a wealth of things for those who dig deeper. As the artist herself said, she wants her audience “to feel at peace, refreshed,” and to “have fun at the same time.”

For more information about Carly Clark, visit or look her up on Facebook: Carly Clark Music. Two shows are planned for May 6—one at noon at the Winery at Hunters Valley, 3 Orchard Rd., Liverpool, and another at 8 p.m. at Victor’s, 554 S. Ogontz St., York.

Author: Trey Knarr - The Burg Magazine - Trey Knarr

"Singer of the Month"

I am so excited for this month’s singer: Carly Clark is someone we are not used to in Europe. She’s a singer songwriter from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She defines herself has a bluesy/pop artist, a cross-between Norah Jones and Colbie Caillat.
Her first release was the EP In This Moment (2015). It’s a young and fresh product, something perfect if you want to get into a light American blues. My favourite song is Down by the river (this is a very cute live version).
Carly listens to John Mayer, Colbie Caillat, Jason Reeves, and you can hear their influences in her songs. Folk, blues is her favourite genre but she loves also other types of music, like r’n’b and pop.

Finally, some weeks ago she released the EP Destinations, in which you can hear her musical growth. It’s so wonderful to follow an artist throughout her path into music, because you can see the inevitable transformation, all the influences. My favourite song from this album is Stay. I asked her why she chose the name Destinations and about all the “travel names” she gave to her songs. She answered: “I titled the EP Destinations on purpose. We are all on journeys with different destinations we would like to get to. Whether that be a getting that dream job, starting a family, traveling etc. I feel like people will be able to relate to these songs. I know for me, I have certain goals (or destinations) I would like my music to take me and also just life. I am constantly pursuing and reevaluating how I can get better and what are the steps I need to take to achieve those goals.”
Well, she’s right, we are all on a constant journey because we have to find the right path to get into.

Good work, Carly. is her site where you can also buy her albums. I would like to know what do you think about her music and this genre in particular, is something new for the European youth. We already know artists like Norah Jones, but Carly Clark is more folk and less jazz. - DARIA BONGIORNI


Hold On 
In This Moment 
Down By The River 
True Love's Calling 
Robin's Song 
Believing & Dreaming 



Carly Clark is an acoustic singer-songwriter from Central PA. Her bluesy/pop vocals are reminiscent of Colbie Caillat and Norah Jones. While Carly enjoys covering popular songs, some of her best work is found in her original songs. She hopes her music will inspire people to pursue their dreams and passions. 

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