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: she sold out both her Sydney and Melbourne shows, and played to packed audiences as support for Holy Holy & Alex the Astronaut in WA.
Receiving APRA AMCOS’ inaugural female songwriter mentorship with mentor Mark Lizotte (Diesel), Clark showcased at BIGSOUND, was invited to attend APRA AMCOS’ BIGSOUND SongHubs and 50 Songs in 5 Days songwriting camps, and spent 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 (Pop).
In 2016 Clark was diagnosed with lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease that forced her to take 18 months off to heal and to write. The resilient songwriter emerged from this time with a glut of songs, including “Giving Up” and four other songs which comprise her forthcoming debut EP, due for release in early 2019.
Produced by Jono Steer (Ainslie Wills, Ben Abraham) and recorded with a grant from the AMP Foundation, Bri Clark’s debut EP is an expansive, assured work showcasing her mesmerising vocal delivery and displaying an emotional depth informed by her journey.