Rivervale singer-songwriter Bri Clark aiming for pop stardom

Rivervale singer-songwriter Bri Clark aiming for pop stardom

SINGER songwriter Bri Clark has returned from Melbourne where she’s been in the studio, recording her first EP.

The Rivervale 23-year-old has been awarded a $15,000 AMP Tomorrow Makers grant by the AMP Foundation.

It distributed $1 million to projects by creative and innovative people in the community who are predicted to make a positive or important impact.

Miss Clark said she had worked really hard to be a better musician.

“For about eight months I didn’t leave the piano, from 9 to 5, trying to make something every day even if it was just an idea or a riff, lyrics.

“I often wouldn’t get out of my pyjamas for weeks at a time.”

She said it was a really good process but one she often hated.

“At the time I had lots of things to say – I still do – but I was fresh into this industry and out of my depth, with people and relationships as well.”

Miss Clark said she was inspired by artists such as Imogen Heap, Missy Higgins and Ben Abraham.

She first came to the attention of music lovers when her first single was played as part of Triple J’s Unearthed competition.

“They played it on my birthday, I’d just turned 22 and my friend texted me, ‘You’re on the radio!’”

She thought her big break had arrived but her next single failed to launch.

“It was a huge kick in the face,” she said.

“It made me realise I’m better off focusing on being a better singer-songwriter on my own.”

Miss Clark’s second single Shiver was nominated for the 2016 West Australian Music (WAM) Song of the Year.

She has appeared as a support act on national tours by Airling and Clare Bowditch as well as 1998 Grammy Award-winning artist Shawn Colvin.

Miss Clark would like to turn the EP into an album.

“I don’t know where it comes from,” she said of her musical talents.

“My parents were both accountants!”

Bri Clark will be playing on the WAM Wheatbelt Tour from February 17 to 19 2017.