A lone wolf in a world of ego- and fantasy-driven R&B, Steven A. Clark makes music from a place that is personal yet universal, mining his own experiences with love and heartbreak to create songs that are inherently relatable. Raised in the ’80s and ’90s – a time when artists like Michael Jackson, Sade and Seal were shattering music’s racial boundaries with their distinctive sounds and global appeal – Clark makes music for that same utopia, but with a distinct, contemporary twist.
Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Steven A. Clark grew up in Fayetteville, North Carolina, a military town best known as the home of the Army’s Fort Bragg. Naturally introverted, Clark found his outlet while studying at North Carolina’s High Point University; music took hold of his focus.
Sensing that his artistic opportunities in small-town Carolina were limited, Clark chased his ambitions to Miami and began to explore and challenge his boundaries. After some time in the studio and much soul searching, Clark is stepping out with “LATE,” a 3 song EP for Secretly Canadian. Clark wrote all of the music and self-produced the majority of it, bringing in composer Sam Hyken to add string arrangements to songs such as “Lonely Roller” and “Just Ride.” Dancing in the spaces between a young Peter Gabriel’s transparent, generous vision for musical pop art, and Anthony Hamilton’s classically tinged R&B, “LATE”. The “LATE” EP is out today on Secretly Canadian. Look for a full-length from Clark in 2015.
1. Lonely Roller
2. Just Ride