With musical influences spanning a litany of genres and sub-genres, Zoe Clark boasts a sound that is fresh and unique, separating her from the pack of others chasing down the same dreams. With a musical style she describes as “honest relatable and authentic,” Clark’s willingness to take risks and grow artistically has allowed her to cultivate her refreshing and eccentric vibe. Clark’s new single, Wrong Time, is an ode to the hopeless romantic in all of us, looking for love in a world that seemingly seems lacking in love.
Recently we had the chance to chat with Clark about her musical journey, style, new single, and more!!
Worlds of Country: When did you know that music was something you wanted to pursue?
Zoe: Ever since I was five years old, I knew I wanted to be a musician. I remember auditioning for a musical in Kindergarten and falling in love with singing. Since that moment, I never stopped. I started taking singing lessons and guitar lessons and wanted to spend every second in the car just so I could sing my heart out to Sheryl Crow, Avril Lavigne, and Ashley Simpson. I grew up with a sister who is eight years older than me, so at a young age I was introduced to The Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, and Nsync, as well as James Taylor, Carol King, and Earth Wind and Fire from my parents. It was when I was twelve years old that I started songwriting and taking my thoughts and emotions and turning it into a song.
Worlds of Country: Once you knew what was your first step towards making this dream a reality?
Zoe: I started writing every. single. day. I would sit on my bedroom floor or on my bed and write about my experiences, about the boy I had the biggest crush on, or write a song based on my favorite book. I also grew up thirty minutes from New York City so I spent summers doing the NYU Songwriting Programs, The Berklee School of Music Programs, taking voice lessons, going to songwriting masterclasses, and playing shows at The Bitter End. I truly just immersed myself into music and was eager to learn and grow and find my own voice.
Worlds of Country: How would you describe your musical style?
Zoe: I would describe my style as honest, relatable, and authentic. I don’t hold back in what I say in my lyrics and I take pride in that.
Worlds of Country: Who most influenced this style of music?
Zoe: There are so many people who have influenced my musical style. I grew up listening to James Taylor and Carol King so I learned from a young age that songwriting is another form of storytelling. From there, Taylor Swift, John Mayer, Julia Michaels, and Gracie Abrams influenced me. Taylor Swift taught me to write about my life and my experiences and Julia Michaels taught me to be brutally honest in my storytelling. To Be honest, I find an artist everyday who inspires me because there is so much music in the world and so many things to learn.
Worlds of Country: How has your artistry evolved over time?
Zoe: I think my artistry has evolved with my experiences. As I grow up and learn new things, especially being in my early 20’s, the songs I write relate to those experiences. Right now, I’m learning to focus on myself in my 20’s and being selfish. I’m learning to love hard and fall cautiously and to take risks. Who knows.. Maybe in a few years or maybe in a few months if I fall in love, my music is going to reflect that.
Worlds of Country: What’s the story behind your new single, Wrong Time?
Zoe: Wrong Time is for all the hopeless romantics and the people who crave an emotional connection with someone! I think in today’s day in age, because social media is so prevalent, dating apps and talking to people online has become such a norm and has made love feel non-existent. This song is about wanting a deep connection when it comes to a romantic relationship!
Worlds of Country: What’s next for you?
Zoe: I have been writing constantly and have much material I want to share. Be on the lookout for an EP!
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