Kristen T. Clark

Kristen T. Clark

 Lakefield, Ontario, CAN
BandRockMetal

Kristen's original compositions are similar to that of Three Days Grace with a blend of Rush and Evanescence mixed in. Her lead guitar skills keep the crowds excited and at times you WILL hear them whispering 'wow' at her captivating vocals. Definitely a young powerhouse to watch!

Biography

Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist

With a hunger to be one of the globe's most talked-about lead guitar players, armed with fierce competitive chops and a fantasy to fulfill, 17-year-old Kristen T. Clark has finally made the transition to pounding rock/metal music that better suits her style of guitar playing.

As her guitar skills become more intricate and sophisticated, the need to learn more complicated pieces that require knowledge of shapes and scales, riffs and sweeps is driving her forward. Natural harmonics and pinch harmonics that prove to be too difficult for some guitar players, are finding their way into her original riff writing as well.

Listening to and communicating with her fans has turned Clark more and more towards heavier, more furious guitar and lyric writing which she says is much more enjoyable. Challenging herself to play pieces of music that many would not even attempt, Clark was able to master a few classic pieces such as "Midsummer's Daydream' by Rik Emmett and 'YYZ' by RUSH which bring her huge accolades on stage. More recently, she has challenged herself to learn many passages by other influences such as John Petrucci, Guthrie Govan and Orianthi/Steve Vai. "I want my fans to know that they do have an influence on what I choose to learn and play for them", Clark says. "When they come to my shows I want them to feel my music and experience what I feel and 'get it' through my lyrics".

After winning a Supernova Battle of the Bands contest, and getting a Carparelli Guitar Co. endorsement, Clark debuted her first rock single 'Meant To Be', a head-pumping, heavy rock song that has thick bass lines and a riveting lead guitar solo that forces you to listen right to the very end.

"Because I was immersed in the world of teen relationships, I thought 'Meant To Be' would be a twist to what teens think every relationship should be like. It's about liking someone and trying so hard to impress them and proving that you're worth their time but shows sometimes you can't force things into being what you think they are meant to be".

"I worked with my bass player to conceptualize what we wanted to say and then got to work. Using the songwriting skills I learned from Rik Emmett (Triumph) and Blair Packham (The Jitters), I came up with the chorus and built the rest of the story around that. Writing this song was so much different than the country/folk songs I was used to writing in the past".

Clark has twice attended SongStudio (a professional Songwriting Workshop in Toronto), co-writing and performing at some of Toronto’s most prestigious venues such as C’est What and the Gladstone Hotel. The weeks concluded with a showcase in which Clark performed two original songs ‘Not My Type’ and 'Jump' at Hugh’s Room with Rik Emmett! With encouragement from faculty and other SongStudio alumni, Clark continues to write new material infusing mind-bending lyrics and exhilarating lead guitar solos into her work. An album is in the works, and it is sure to turn some heads when its done!

Whether performing with her rockin' three-piece band or as a solo artist, Clark likes to leave her audience always wanting more. She wants them to have a good time and rock out with her, but always likes to leave them asking 'where are you playing next?'

Clark’s career continues to see her perform with headliners such as Rik Emmett (Triumph),The Blushing Brides, Allister Bradley and Steve Goldberger (The Niagara Rhythm Section). She has opened for Caught Off Guard (Calgary, Alberta) and one of Val Halla's 'Bad Girl Touch' Canadian tour gigs. She has also opened for Canadian greats Tom Wilson, George Fox, Jamie Warren and Carroll Baker.

Fundraising efforts have included the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Terry Fox Cancer Research, Kids Help Phone, Smitty’s Christmas Wish Foundation, the US Humane Society, Calling Cards for the Troops and the woundedwarriors.ca organizations and numerous others.

For bookings or press email kristenclark8@hotmail.com or call 705-872-1812. For more info visit www.kristentclark.com or her Facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/KristenTClarkFanPage.

Lyrics

Meant To Be

Written By: Kristen T. Clark / Dylan J. Burrett

I meet your eyes as we pass by
Our lasting silence left unbroken
It took no time to realize
There are no words to be spoken

I feel like I am glass to you
Insignificant and see through
Now I ask what can I do
To get my feelings through to you

Chorus
I’m going crazy
Don’t know how to feel
Don’t know if this is really real
I’m going crazy
I’ll change what now is me
To make this how it's MEANT TO BE

So I walk this road of hope
Change the things that define me
My hair my eyes my shoes my clothes
Maybe this will make you see

Maybe I am worth the chance
I’m capable of being all you’ve ever wanted
I hope that you will understand
This change was all for you, yet you still seem unresponsive

Chorus 2
I’m going crazy
Don’t know how to feel
Don’t know if this is really real
I'm going crazy
I'm no longer me
Is this really how it's MEANT TO BE (Guitar Solo)

Bridge
For so long I’ve tried to be anything that you need
This change did not change anything

Chorus 3
I’m going crazy
Don’t know how to feel
Don’t know if this is really real
I'm going crazy
I'm no longer me
This isn't how it's MEANT TO BE

Jump

Written By: Kristen T. Clark / Luke Gauthier / Dylan J. Burrett

Living on the edge
Striving to realize
You should not hold back
The water is waiting

Chorus
Just JUMP
Keep livin’ on the edge
Don’t worry 'bout consequence
Just JUMP
Keep livin' on the edge
Hope summer will never end
Just JUMP
Keep livin’ on the edge
Don’t worry 'bout consequence
Just JUMP
Keep livin' on the edge
Hope summer will never end

The risk is worth your while
Try it and you'll see
The water is never warm
If you wade in

Repeat chorus

Just JUMP

Bridge
You miss every shot you don't take
You can change yourself, defy the reflection
Da da da, da da da da da da da da, da da da (4x)

Repeat chorus (2x)

Just JUMP

Discography

• "Jump" - Writer's Demo, 2011, written by Kristen T. Clark, Dylan Burrett and Luke Gauthier. This was a one day songwriting workshop conducted by Rob Wells (Justin Bieber). Although it's a writer's demo and has not been released as a single, it has gotten tremendous response from the listening public. June 10, 2011

• "Meant To Be", single, 2011, written by Kristen T. Clark and Dylan J. Burrett. This song relates to young people trying to figure out the course of falling in love. Upon noticing they changed everything about themselves to be what they believe their partner wants them to be, they realize that's not the way love is 'Meant To Be'. Released to Top 50 Rock Stations across Canada June 8, 2011. This song is currently being spun on 101.5 IndiFM in Hamilton, Ontario and was featured on The 5 Minutes of New Rock on The Wolf 101.5 in Peterborough, CANADA.

• “When You Said Yes", single, 2009, written by Kristen about a love story gone wrong only to work out right in the end. Released and added to 16 country radio stations coast-to-coast in Canada, April 2009

• "For The Magic of Christmas", single, 2008, original country song co-written by Kristen as an annual Theme Song for the "Smitty's Christmas Wish Foundation", in memory of the founder who died from Cancer. Released and added to 22 country radio playlists Canada-wide, November, 2008

• “I’ll Fly Away”, single, 2008, original country song written by Kristen about life from the perspective of a butterfly

• “I’m Missing You”, single, 2007, original country song written by Kristen about missing her brother

• “Down The Winding Road”, single, 2007, original country song written by Kristen about her long and boring bus ride

• “Grand Ole Classics”, includes 10 much-loved Classic Country songs such as “Blue Moon of Kentucky”, “Lovesick Blues”, “Crazy”, “Coal Miner’s Daughter”, “Daddy’s Hands”, “I Want To Be A Cowboy’s Sweetheart” and more..., 2006

• “Kisses To You”, 3 original country songs co-written by Kristen, including “Hold Me Tenderly”, “Kisses To You” and “Where’s Daddy”, 2004

• “New Beginnings”, 3-genres of covers, including “Maybe” from the movie Annie, “That Don’t Impress Me Much” (Shania Twain) and “Sk8er Boi” (Avril Lavigne), 2003

Set List

My sets are usually 1/2 hr. to 2 hrs. long, covers/originals mixed. Sample set list below:

Originals are:

Fallin' Again
Tell Myself
Narcissistic Me
Meant To Be
Jump
Stronger
Peaceful Delusion
Not My Type
Sweet Stuff

Covers include:

YYZ – Rush
Midsummer's Daydream - Rik Emmett (Triumph)
Misery Business - Paramore
Freakout - Avril Lavigne
Things I'll Never Say - Avril Lavigne
Don't Speak - No Doubt (Gwen Stefani)
Rock This Joint - Alannah Myles