Julie Clark

Julie Clark

 Norfolk, Virginia, USA
SoloFolkPop

Biography

~ AWARDS ~

- WINNER: Kerrville New Folk Competition

- WINNER: Great American Song Contest: 1st Place, Folk/Acoustic Category

- WINNER: Cornucopia Music Festival - Best Audience Response

- WINNER: Virginia Music Awards: Folk/Acoustic Artist of the Year

- WINNER: Mid-Atlantic Song Contest: Grand Prize

- WINNER: Mid-Atlantic Song Contest: Gold Awards, Folk & Adult Contemporary Categories

- WINNER: Rocky Mountain Folks Festival – 2nd Place

- WINNER: OMA Song of The Year

YOU'LL KNOW IT IN AN INSTANT.
Whatever it is that gives certain singer/songwriters real promise and broad appeal, Julie Clark has it.

It’s her voice that wins you first... remarkably expressive, sincere and somehow comforting. A captivating sound that leads you willingly into her memorable folk-pop songs.

Clark’s second full-length CD of all-original material, Change Your Mind, is crystal clear – both in terms of Clark’s vivid lyrics and the pristine sonic quality of the recording itself. You can see straight to the bottom of its sparkling pool of widely diverse emotions. From the ebullient hopefulness of the opening track “Change Your Mind” to the raucous fun of “I’d Do ‘Em All (if I could),” Clark’s songwriting addresses a broad range of human experience with surprising honesty and insight. Throughout Change Your Mind, Clark sings of love in its many forms, such as the poignant hope of restoring closeness with a sibling in “Growin’ Up” and the longing to be desired romantically in “Jacket.”

“Despite the different tones and themes,” Clark says, “all the songs on Change Your Mind share an underlying theme of hope. They all speak to the strength and resiliency of our dreams and desires.”

Some songs in this new collection reveal extraordinary vulnerability. “If it Weren’t for That” is a crushing firsthand recollection of the shame of growing up with a weight problem – shared in stark, unadorned simplicity. Clark'’s risk is your reward, though it may come as a bit of a shock to realize you’ve entered into completely unprotected reaches of her heart. The experience of hearing Clark’'s songs is both powerful and intense – stirring yet soothing.

Change Your Mind was recorded with a distinct reverence for the songs themselves. Production assistance from Robert Ulsh and John Toomey focused on supporting the words and meaning of each story with no unnecessary elements. Clark invited renowned musicians such as Stephen Bennett, John Toomey, Bill Gurley, Jimmy Masters and Tom Jones to help illuminate the significance of each song.

Clark first committed her songcraft to disc on her debut CD Feel Free (Great Big Records, 2003). Despite the many songwriting awards bestowed on Feel Free, her continued development as a songwriter is evident throughout Change Your Mind, proving that the intervening time was very well spent. The disc is rich in wordplay, such as the darkly ironic humor in her song about the death of Superman: “The funeral was today / The Super Friends were all super-busy / and though they couldn’t come / The Super Friends were super-bummed.”

Clark has garnered considerable acclaim as an emerging artist. Her many accolades include winning the Kerrville New Folk Songwriting Competition (adding her name to a list of luminaries that includes Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle, Nanci Griffith and Shawn Colvin); winning 1st Place in the Great American Song Contest; and being named Folk/Acoustic Artist of the Year at the Virginia Music Awards.

From her home base in Norfolk, Virginia, Clark maintains a busy national touring schedule of performances at premiere festivals and clubs such as The Barns of Wolftrap in Vienna, Virginia and The Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Lyons, Colorado.

“I love it when people are moved by songs I’ve shared with them,” Clark explains. “That human connection is what keeps me going. It keeps me driving long distances and striving to reach my true potential as an artist, and as a person.”

Lyrics

One of These Days

Written By: Julie Clark

Somewhere in this town tonight
you’re weavin’ trouble
at least that’s if the phone book’s right
— just the first initial
Somewhere in my mind I see you’ve aged a little
You’ve got me half believing you’re invisible

But One of These Days
I’m gonna see you out somewhere
and time will stop dead while we stare
through all the years that it’s been

How come nothing new sounds half as good
as your battered old microphone?
How come all that lumpy furniture
felt so much like home?
How did your old guitar strings reappear
the day I changed ‘em new?
Page 613 says you’re still here
— how come I never bump into you?

One of These Days
I’m gonna see you out somewhere
and time will stop dead while we stare
through all the years that it’s been
One of These Days,
I don’t know which One of These Days,
but as sure as my path leads my way,
it’ll cross yours One of These Days
Last night I thought I saw you
disappear into the crowd
swallowed up by an ocean of strangers
and I may never know if you were ever even there

Willful as a tantrum from a child of two
Stubborn as a wad of gum
on the bottom of your shoe
Persistent as a pit bull that won’t give up the bone
We both wanna call each other
but we won’t pick up the phone

and One of These Days
I’m gonna see you out somewhere
and time will stop dead while we stare
through all the years that it’s been
One of These Days, when I finally see you again
Will you dare to let me back in,
or will you leave me out in the cold?
You can be so cold!
One of These Days,
I don’t know which One of These Days,
but as sure as my path leads my way,
it’ll cross yours One of These Days

Growin' Up

Written By: Julie Clark

At first you were the only one
the first-born child, the mighty son
then I showed up to spoil your fun.
What’s worse than a snotty sister who
breaks all your toys and copies you?
And tries to butt in on everything you do?

I remember sittin’ on the street curb
the perfect height for me
waitin’ on your yellow bus to ‘round the curve
I swear it took a century.

You bear a family resemblance
to this ache in my heart
let’s not let growin’ up
mean growin’ apart.

To me your power seemed Godlike,
you taught me how to ride a big-girl bike.
Then one Spring you made me call you “Spike”
Why should I regret the past?
Thanks to you I learned to run real fast.
Real fast.

And when the needle touched the vinyl
of your favorite thirty-three
it played shivers down my spine and
it was you who first showed me

You bear a family resemblance
to this ache in my heart
let’s not let growin’ up
mean growin’ apart.

Your rare coin collection
the best beer can selection
I can still see the ‘No Trespassing’ signs.
Baseball cards and squirt guns
and lizards in aquariums
somehow all those things got left behind.

You found yourself a potpourri
of charming ways to torture me -
like selling copies of my diary.
As if I were remote-controlled
there were secrets that I never told
(like where you hid that centerfold).

So many things have happened
There’s so much I’d like to say
This is just my way of askin’
Can you come out and play?

You bear a family resemblance
to this ache in my heart
I need a family reunion
yeah I could use a fresh start
so let’s not let growin’ up
no let’s not let growin’ up
let’s not let growin’ up
mean growin’ apart.

Change Your Mind

Written By: Julie Clark

I just found out Carol Blye
dropped out of school in Junior High,
injected with the urge to try and
look for Lucy in the Sky.
She told me all this from her Penthouse office
and I could hardly believe.
40 stories above the streets that she once knew of,
amazing news to receive.

We change our hair; we change our clothes
and things so deep down they don’t show.
Old days we leave behind
lead to new ways that we find.
If you wanna change your life you change your mind.

I’d like you to meet a friend of mine
She used to tow the corporate line
great big paychecks made it seem like
everything was fine
her greatest gift was slowly withering upon the vine
she longed to take a chance and step out in
the bright sunshine
The shocking red of her brother’s death bed it
finally opened her eyes
What’s life good for if money means more than
daring to give your dreams a try?
We change our hair; we change our clothes
and things so deep down they don’t show.
Old days we leave behind
lead to new ways that we find.
If you wanna change your life you change your mind.

I think I’m gonna surprise you
I think you’re gonna suprise me too
Whatever we’ve been into
We can trade it in for somethin’ new.

Did you know that I used to be
twice the size I am currently?
Nothing flattered; nothing fit me
lonely nights spent full but empty.
All I wanted was to disappear.
Then one day I turned and faced my fear.

We change our hair; we change our clothes
and things so deep down they don’t show.
Old days we leave behind
lead to new ways that we find.
If you wanna change your life
If you wanna change your life
If you wanna change your life you change your mind.
You change your mind
Change your mind.
Change your mind.

Roller Coaster

Written By: Julie Clark

It was the kinda night
when the air is still
and drapes like velvet
heavy with the promise of rain

It was the kinda night

with electric implications
that awaken something thirsty in your veins

I didn't know to be
scared of thrill rides yet
didn't know how fast they get `til the

bar came down on the night we met

You are a roller coaster ride
you've got me shaken up inside
will I be up or down?
I guess you'll decide
‘cause I keep gettin' back in line

You are cotton candy
you can't help but disappear
bet it comes in handy
you're a four-speed in fifth gear
as cool as lemonade
Guess that's what all those lemons made
you're sellin' 5-cent cups to sip on
in the shade

I hear the chains clack and pop
pullin' slowly toward the top
so high that I can't stop

even though you always drop me

You're a roller coaster ride

you've got me shaken up inside
will I be up or down? - I guess you'll decide
`cause I keep gettin' back in line

The admission is free
but I'm bound for a bruising
this walk in your park isn't
always amusing
in the front car, arms raised
fearless and yet so afraid

You're a roller coaster ride
you've got me shaken up inside
will I be up or down? - I guess you'll decide
`cause I keep gettin' back in line.

It was the kinda night
when the air is still and drapes like velvet
heavy with the promise of rain

Superman

Written By: Julie Clark

Superman died today

the Daily Planet broke the story
of a fallen Super-Hero, so much admired
a mild-mannered frequent flyer
with a job description
to save the day for Truth & Justice
and The American Way
they're sayin' his position
was somewhat overrated
and due to budget short-falls
it's been eliminated

The funeral was today
The Super-Friends were all Super-Busy
and though they couldn't come
The Super-Friends were Super-Bummed
Yeah they were Super-Bummed
The League of Justice
declared a national holiday
just another mindless Monday off with pay
Superman was laid out in his best leotard
his old pal Jimmy Olson
sent a very moving e-card

It's a bird, it's a plane
it's comin' around again
Look high, look low
It's a bona fide UFO
but it's not, it's not Superman

I can't help but think about how Lois Lane must feel
how much she's gonna miss her Man of Steel

those pretty purple pills, they help her deal
it's so hard to figure out what's make believe or real
She sniffs the roses Lex Luthor sent
thorns remind her of all the dark nights they spent
Hey - has anyone seen Clark Kent?
she can't figure out where that guy went

It's a bird, it's a plane
it's comin' around again
Look high, look low
It's a bona fide UFO
but it's not, it's not Superman
`cause Superman died today

If it Weren't for That

Written By: Julie Clark

She was born in `66
Enjoyed five whole years
of childhood bliss before
the Issue could no longer be dismissed

They said "You can't have this,
Julie you don't need that
Yes your sister gets one
but you're too fat

Lose the weight before boys your age
start paying attention to girls
They like the ones who are
lean and graceful, Julie
Not overweight and clumsy
that's for sure

Lose it before high school Julie
don't you want a date for the dance?
It'll only get harder later Julie
Lose it now before you lose the chance

Lose it before graduation Julie
if you want a good job
Expect to face tough discrimination, Julie
Employers don't wanna hire a slob

Well Julie Clark got older.
And Julie Clark got fat (imagine that)
And everything she'd dreamed of
she'd probably have if it weren't for that

Long Way Down

Written By: Julie Clark

It's funny how the twilight
has twice the voltage tonight
what kind of borderline have I crossed?
all the cars look freshly washed
all the streets are shiny like they're
paved with diamond dust
every single light's been green
on the way to your house

Flirting with you's like walking on a ledge
perfectly safe until you pass the edge

Thirty flights above the ground
that's how I feel when you're around but
if I stumble, if I fall it's a Long Way Down

All my friends that know ya

are calling up to warn me
sayin' if I let ya sweep me offa my feet
then pretty soon they'll all be

sweeping up the pieces of my heart
the pieces of my heart

Flirting with you's like walking on a ledge
perfectly safe until you pass the edge

Thirty flights above the ground
that's how I feel when you're around but
if I stumble, if I fall it's a Long Way Down

Well I've been on a high wire Southbound
from the moment that we met
but I'm gonna try not to look down

`cause I'm workin' without a net

I try to hide that I care
I try to glance but still stare
try not to flutter that you're so tall
I try to let it ring when you call
Maybe that's the best that I can do

I seem to have this crush on you

Flirting with you's like walking on a ledge
perfectly safe until you pass the edge

Thirty flights above the ground
that's how I feel when you're around but
if I stumble, if I fall it's a Long Way Down

Jacket

Written By: Julie Clark

It was cold, it was rainin'
I must have been complainin'
I didn't ask. You didn't offer.
You just wrapped it around my shoulders

Your cell phone's heavy in the pocket
love connection, romance rocket
your number's busy now-ain't gonna ring
`cause I switched off everything

Now I've got your jacket on
as if I were your girl

it's like I'm in your arms
when I've got your jacket on

You reach over and turn the collar up
Winter wool, yeah-feels a little rough
The way I like it-that's no guarantee
Wonder how you'll take it off of me

I've got your jacket on

keepin' me safe & warm
touching me through & through
like I'm inside of you
I've got your jacket on
as if I were your girl
it's like I'm in your arms
when I've got your jacket on

I can't help but see
pretty soon the rain is gonna quit
You're as blind as you can be
can't you see it's a perfect fit?

I've got your jacket on
keepin' me safe & warm
touchin' me through & through
like I'm inside-a-you

I've got your jacket on
as if I were your girl
it's like I'm in your arms
when I've got your jacket on

It was cold, it was rainin'
I must have been complainin'
I didn't ask. You didn't offer.
You just wrapped it around my shoulders

Hiding & Seeking

Written By: Julie Clark

Good morning, it's gonna take
an hour to feel presentable
those wrinkles are preventable
take cover, girl with Cover Girl
quick dry it straight if it starts to curl
be the first to know if your
slip is showin' (Oh no!)
What if they find out you're a faker
a phony and a fraud?
They'd be bewildered that your beauty
was only a facade

What are you hiding?

What are you seeking?
You're supposed to be counting
(one one-thousand)
but ya been peeking

You guessed it - this is a test
and you were taught to do your best
no never to give any less
ya been borrowing a shiny crown
but it got so heavy ya put it down
now the FBI man is on the phone
`cause the jig is up and your
cover's blown (Oh no!)
ya suspect we're all detectives
so you're coverin' up the clues
that you got your act together
with a tube of crazy glue

What are you hiding?

What are you seeking?
You're supposed to be counting
(one one-thousand)
but ya been peeking

Why are you hiding?

Ollie ollie oxen free
I'll show you if you show me
Mirror mirror on the wall

I can see right through you after all

What are you hiding?

What are you seeking?
You're supposed to be counting
(one one-thousand)
but ya been peeking
Why are you hiding?

Courage of Our Convictions

Written By: Julie Clark

Oh my dear brothers and sisters too
Workin’ to make a change
long overdue
We’re gonna fight for freedom
yeah, yeah we’re gonna fight for love
We’re gonna fight ‘cause
nothing less than equal’s good enough

It’s gonna take our time
It’s gonna take committment
It’s gonna take the Courage of Our Convictions.

We’re gonna need our families
We’re gonna need our friends
We’re gonna need a much Higher Power
that transcends
Before it’s over (yeah yeah) before it’s done
before our equal rights have all been won

It’s gonna take our time
It’s gonna take committment
It’s gonna take the Courage of Our Convictions.

and I know someday we’ll be eminently equal
and surely someday love
will conquer all that hate
Someday the world will understand
and laws will change across this land...
But ‘til then we’re gonna
have to make our stand.

We gotta show ‘em kindness
We gotta show ‘em love
We gotta show ‘em there’s nothing here
to be scared of
Our civil rights can’t be denied
‘cause we’ve got
God and Justice on our side.

It’s gonna take our time
It’s gonna take committment
It’s gonna take the Courage of Our Convictions.
It’s gonna take the Courage of Our Convictions.

We’ve got the courage
of our convictions
We’ve got the courage
of our convictions
We’ve got the courage

Discography

"Change Your Mind" - Released January 13, 2009

"Feel Free" - Debut CD, 2003

2006: IndieMusic for Life compilation includes "One of These Days"

2005 SBS Records Indie Music Sampler Compilation includes "Precisely (What You Need)"

2005 GoGirls Music Compilation includes "Precisely (What You Need)"

2004 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest 21 Winner's Compilation CD includes "Your Wings", recipient of the Gold Award (Folk/Acoustic category)

Set List

Enough original material for 120 minutes.
90% original songs. 10% covers.

For select venues, performances of up to 3 hours are possible, with a slightly higher percentage of covers.