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In the last few years, Imogen Clark has been touted as one of the most promising young songwriters in Australia. Now, with a CMC nomination for New Oz Artist Of The Year in her back pocket, she’s on the cusp of converting those accolades into wider critical acclaim with the recent release of her debut album, Love & Lovely Lies.

Still only 21, Imogen’s musical journey began when she picked up her dad’s old Maton acoustic guitar as an 8-year-old and took her first tentative steps toward a fascination with the instrument and the possibility of writing her own songs. Inspiration also came in the form of her father’s own original songs, adding further fuel to that songwriting and performing desire.

 

“When I started writing songs, it was because I had grown up listening to Dad’s original music and aspired to tell stories like he did.”

 

The industry and fans began to realise the natural talent and potential of Imogen’s songwriting with her third independently released EP Stories from a Porcelain City (2013). The EP’s lead single Ceaseless Goodbye was shortlisted for APRA’s prestigious Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition and received an Honourable Mention in the prestigious International Songwriting Competition. Her breakthrough single While Women Wait (Jan 2015) was given significant airplay and charted on CMC in Australia, which led to it being picked up by AC radio in the United States and cable TV giant Great American Country, with a reach to over 59 million US households. Her success hasn’t stopped there, with Imogen representing Australia for the second time at the 2015 Americana Music Festival in Nashville. Imogen played her own showcase and captivated the audience at the world famous Bluebird Café, where so many great country artists have been discovered and left their mark.

 

In late 2015, Imogen signed with Lost Highway Records/Universal Music Australia (Shane Nicholson, Ruby Boots, Mustered Courage, Catherine Britt), further recognition of how her songwriting has quickly gained respect in the alt-country and Americana music field. Since her signing, Imogen has also been recognised with major awards at the Australian Songwriters and Tamworth Songwriters Awards.

 

“I was thrilled to be asked to sign with Lost Highway Records because they specifically nurture the alt-country genre. It’s great to be included in that whole movement. I’ve loved the label and its heritage for years before the prospect of signing with them even existed. Joining the Lost Highway family has been the biggest step of my career so far.”

 

Imogen’s music inhabits a place where different roots-based genres intersect and blend into her own distinct sound. There is the self-confessed nod to the folk influence that Joni Mitchell has had on her music, yet fast forward quarter of a century and the modern Americana styles of songwriters such as Ryan Adams and Gillian Welch have clearly also had a strong impact on Imogen’s own writing. That ability to absorb the old and the new is what forms the timeless quality of Imogen’s music. 

http://www.imogenclark.com.au/