Clark lost new artist of the year to Brett Eldredge but still had a headline-grabbing moment when she, her frequent co-writer Shane Mc Anally and Kacey Musgraves walked onstage to claim the song of the year trophy for Musgraves' single "Follow Your Arrow." "Do you guys realize what this means for country music?" Musgraves asked triumphantly, toasting the fact that a song co-written by two gay artists (Clark and Mc Anally), featuring lyrics that shrug at same-sex affection, could matter so much to a genre with a reputation for being socially conservative. But to Clark, less heartening has been the media's fixation on her sexual orientation: "The only people who ask me about my sexuality are journalists -- whenever there's a story to write, it seems like a cool talking point. that won’t lead me to marry the wrong person.” On finding her life complete: “I watched [Matilda] warm in the sun, in her swimsuit, get on her bicycle and smile and wave as she rode off to go meet her friends.
that, despite his stage name, he’s not a Christian artist.
The emcee claims that his music is meant to be the “connecting piece between our spirituality and our day-to-day world.” And lately it seems he’s been “connecting” a lot with singer Brandy. She was last involved with music executive Ryan Press back in 2014; the two were engaged but never married.
1 on Hot Country Songs) and Miranda Lambert's "Mama's Broken Heart" (No. Clark's 2013 debut,, earned her three Grammy nods, including best new artist (even as it has sold only 53,000 copies, according to Nielsen Music).
And now, more than a decade into her career, she has what's shaping up to be her first radio hit: "Girl Next Door" is her debut on Country Airplay as an artist, rising 54-49 on the March 12 chart.
With it leading the way, her second album, , due this spring on Warner Bros., just might make her a commercial star -- even as it chips away at narrow notions of who or what belongs in the country mainstream.