Perth singer-songwriter Bri Clark had a breakout 2018: her stunning, cinematic single “Giving Up” was shortlisted for the 2018 Vanda & Young Songwriting competition, premiered on triple j’s Home & Hosed, and added to Spotify’s New Music Friday AU&NZ playlist.
She took “Giving Up” around the country with a 5-date national tour. Her sparse, emotive, piano-driven live performances received industry attention: selling out both her Sydney and Melbourne shows, and playing to packed audiences as support for Holy Holy & Alex the Astronaut in WA.
Fortunate to undertake a mentorship with mentor Mark Lizotte (Diesel), Clark showcased at BIGSOUND and was selected by Robert Conley to participate in BIGSOUND SongHubs and went on to be invited to 50 Songs in 5 Days, spending the back half of 2018 writing with upcoming and established major label artists due for release in 2019.
“Giving Up” was no bolt from the blue: Clark first surfaced in 2015 with “Shiver”, produced by James Newhouse (The Waifs) and Joel Quartermain (MEGMAC). The single received extensive national airplay and was nominated for WAM Song of the Year. However, in early 2016 Clark was diagnosed with lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease that forced her to take two years off to heal (and write). The resilient songwriter emerged from this time with a glut of songs and a renewed strength in her process.
2019 began with an invitation to The Seed Fund management workshop, and selection to APRA AMCOS’ flagship Tower SongHubs in Sydney curated by Georgina McAvenna. This year's Vanda & Young top 40 shortlist includes two of Clark's songs, "Don't Love Me" and "What If I Break Your Heart", and a song from her unreleased EP “Goodbye” has been nominated for WAM’s Song of the Year.