Knudson and Clarke

Knudson and Clarke

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Lightstone Records/The Orchard Recording Artists. Two Houston-bred singer/songwriters performing original bayou funk-rock and R&B/pop ballads with spirit and soul. Distrib. site: theorchard.com Chris Knudson site: chrisknudson.com

Biography

"Texas Musicians Find Each Other As They Find Their Way Home"

Houston-bred Singer/Songwriters Chris Knudson and Kristin Clarke join forces after pursuing their individual careers outside of Texas.

HOUSTON, TX (PRWEB) -- After pursuing their individual music careers in places such as Los Angeles, New York, Austin and Berlin, Germany, singer/songwriters Chris Knudson and Kristin Clarke have joined forces in their native Houston. Recording sessions for the new group, "Knudson and Clarke," are being recorded at the venerable Sugar Hill Studios with producer/drummer Robbie Parrish, Galveston guitar legend Bert Wills and other session musicians for an anticipated release at the beginning of 2005. They made their debut band performance opening for Roxie Recording artist and Lenny Kravitz protege Dan Dyer on Wednesday, September 22, at The Engine Room in Houston.

Knudson was born in Kingsville, Texas, and was raised in Houston. He studied acting and filmmaking, and collaborated with writer/director Wes Anderson and roommate Owen Wilson on early Super 8 movies and other projects in Houston, Los Angeles and Austin. While at the University of Texas at Austin, Knudson hooked up with writer/director Robert Rodriguez to co-compose Rodriguez' critically acclaimed, low-budget feature film, "El Mariachi." Knudson then relocated New York and performed solo and in bands under the alias Val Holler, releasing his debut "Versicle" (Lightstone/The Orchard) in 1999. He has collaborated with Theo Mondle (Beck), Freeloader and others while living in New York, Los Angeles and Berlin, before relocating to his native Houston in the Fall of 2003. Knudson's sister, Rainey Knudson, runs the Texas Visual Art magazine, "Glasstire," and is married to Michael Galbreth of The Art Guys.

Clarke has been singing since the age of nine. She was named Jr. Vocalist in the 1994 Sammy Davis Jr. Awards, competing with singers such as Destiny's Child. At the age of fourteen, she sang the "Houston Rockets Fight Song," which aired on many local stations including KBXX 97.9, The Box, and NBC affiliate KPRC Channel 2. Clarke graduated from the Acting for Film and Television program at The Vancouver Film School in 2000. She spent three years writing songs and performing in Los Angeles before returning to her native Houston.

Lyrics

Everything

Written By: words: Kristin Clarke. music: Rich Alick

"Everything"
6/8 time
arranged by Chris Knudson

INTRO C Bbsus2 F C Bbsus2 Am

VERSE C Bbsus2 F
The moment I first saw your smile
C Bbsus2 Am
Was the moment I first felt alive.
The moment I looked in your eyes
Was the moment that I realized, I have...

CHORUS
F C
EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING,
Dm
EVERYTHING
EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING
EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING
F G
...IF I HAVE YOU

VERSE
So here's to our new beginning
I promise will never end
As long as I have you beside me
I know I've got my best friend. I have...

CHORUS

VERSE=SOLO

CHORUS

REPEAT 1st VERSE

CHORUS (end on C)

No Matter What We Do

Written By: words: Kristin Clarke. music: Chris Knudson

VERSE E7sus4 E7
I've got a lot of lovin
And I'm gonna give it out.
I've got a lot of good lovin
Turn you inside out.

CHORUS
Am7 Dm7
BABY YOU KNOW
Am7 Dm7
IT'LL ALWAYS BE ME AND YOU
Ebm7 (to verse)
NO MATTER WHAT WE DO

VERSE
My baby says he loves me
Be there til the end of time.
My baby says he loves me
And I know he's always mine.

CHORUS
Am7 Dm7
BABY YOU KNOW
Am7 Dm7
IT'LL ALWAYS BE ME AND YOU
Am7 Dm7
BABY YOU KNOW
Am7 Dm7
IT'LL ALWAYS BE ME AND YOU
Ebm7 (to verse)
NO MATTER WHAT WE DO

VERSE
4 bars then "Allright, now STOP"
8 bars (bass solo) w/ breaks
back to verse

Baby give me a chance.
Come on out here and dance....

OUTRO = VERSE REPEATED

So Many Nights

Written By: Knudson and Clarke

"So Many Nights"
words by Kristin Clarke
music by Kristin Clarke & Chris Knudson

VERSE
D Am
I spent so many nights, so many
C G
tears, so much time wishing you were here. Wishing you had stayed - it didn't end - thinking I'd never never fall again.
I fumbled on love and lost the game, the chance was gone - am I to blame?
That I'd find someone new, someday I'd heal, but it wouldn't be you and it wouldn't be real.

CHORUS
G D Am C
AND THEN YOU STUMBLED IN
RIGHT WHEN THE COLOR BEGAN TO FILL IN
F C F
SO LET'S NOT LET IT END. SAY
A
YOU'RE GONNA STAY MINE
F C G7sus4 G
LET'S NOT LET IT SLIP THIS TIME

VERSE
'Cause when you're gone the sun glows gray, I stare through the night which swallowed the day.
With a cup full of tears and a heart full of blame - Don't surrender to fear - don't extinguish the flame.
The light in your eyes is how I survive - I can touch my dreams -
I can breathe through your smile.
The light in your eyes is what blinds the pain - we paid too much just to let it slip away.

CHORUS

POST-CHORUS
Bb C G7sus4 G
THIS TIME...............................
Bb F G7sus4 G
THIS TIME...............................

1/2 VERSE
And now you're sitting next to me - the truth comes out - you just
can't see spending the rest of your life with me.
So you walk away to save some time while I go insane, while I lose my mind, and you think you're gonna be somehow free.

(end on Dsus2)

Discography

*** Audio, Lyrics & Video on website ***
audio & video: chrisknudson.com/music/music.html
lyrics: chrisknudson.com/lyrics/lyrics.html

"KNUDSON & CLARKE" debut (early 2005)

Chris Knudson Discography:
"Stand Up And Be Counted" (2004 election-year song, Rock the Vote)
Berlin (Lightstone Records, 2003)
Val Holler - "Versicle" (Lightstone Records/The Orchard, 1999 - http://www.theorchard.com )
Val Holler Band - "EP" (1997)

Set List

Typical 45-minute set would consist of 10 originals and 1 cover. Longer sets or double sets would vary accordingly.

Typical originals:
DAY BY DAY
EVERYTHING
DIZZY
NO MATTER WHAT WE DO
SO MANY NIGHTS
BETTER THAN PERFECT
TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS
THE GARDEN
WE'RE IN THIS TOGETHER

Typical Covers:
GIVING HIM SOMETHING HE CAN FEEL (Curtis Mayfield)
LAST GOODBYE (Jeff Buckley)
IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND (Gordon Lightfoot)
NOBODY DOES IT BETTER (Carly Simon)