The 12 stellar songs on Connect the Dots, Stacy Clark’s debut album for Vanguard Records, announce the Buffalo born, Southern California-based singer, songwriter, and musician as an exciting new artist to watch on the indie-pop music scene. Clark’s charmingly idiosyncratic voice and heartfelt lyrics have already won over several of television’s top music supervisors, who have featured songs from Clark’s self-released 2007 album Apples and Oranges on such youth-oriented shows as The CW’s One Tree Hill, MTV’s The Hills, The Buried Life, My Super Sixteen, Exiled and Engaged & Underage, CBS’s Girlfriends, ABC’s Make It Or Break It and Samurai Girl, Bravo’s The Rachel Zoe Project, and VH-1’s The Price of Beauty.
That Clark’s songs would resonate with the folks who musically program TV’s dramatic moments is not surprising given the candid and emotionally uplifting quality of her writing, which she hones even further on Connect the Dots. “It’s the most honest piece of work I could possibly release,” Clark says. “As an artist, it’s a complete representation of me and where I’m at in my life now, including all the ups and downs. I’m a happy person, but I have struggles just like anyone else. Things don’t always come easy to me, and you can definitely hear that in the songs. I hope people can tell that the songs I write are honest and real - that I've truly lived everything I sing about.”
The album’s first single, “Touch & Go,” addresses Clark’s feeling that she never has enough time with the people she cares about. “We recorded Connect the Dots over a month and a half last year at a private home studio near Venice Beach and I was secluded from a lot of my friends,” Clark says. “They would come visit, but it was literally touch and go, like ‘Now I see you, then you’re gone.’” “White Lies” deals with being careful about who you trust and not changing your morals and values. “It’s partly about a relationship, but overall it’s about staying true to who you are,” Clark says. In the same vein are “Not Enough” and “Hold On,” both about staying positive and hanging on to your hopes and dreams. “‘Hold On’ is about my journey the past few years when I was literally sleeping on a closet floor, working all these jobs, and trying to figure it all out,” Clark says. “That’s why I called the album ‘Connect the Dots.’ It’s about making sense of everything and getting from Point A to Point B by moving forward and connecting the dots to music.”
The lyrics may be intensely personal, but the mood on Connect the Dots is buoyant. As a songwriter, Clark couches her struggles in freewheeling melodies brought to life by carefully layered textures of guitar, piano, organ, strings, and horns. To help her create what she calls “the sparkly bits,” Clark turned to producer Matt Appleton (Panic! At The Disco, The Veronicas, Saosin) who played many of the instruments (including accordion, trumpet, ukulele, and mandolin) on the album and composed the string arrangements. “He has great ideas,” Clark says. “If he thinks a song needs a stronger bridge or a change here or there, I’m open to it. He has a wonderful ear.”
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