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Tuesday, July 10th 2007

08:33:15 (4715 days, 2h, 4min ago)

A True Canadian Cowgirl

This weeks Tunesday artist comes by her musical talent naturally; shes the Grand daughter of Canadian country stars Ray and Betty Gauthier who used to open for the likes of George Jones and Little Jimmy Dickens when they managed to make their way this far North. Born in Montreal but raised in Medicine Hat, Ab, she spent afternoons listening to her mother entertain guests at the local coffee house and evenings listening to her Grandparents vast record collection; by the age of 11 she had taught herself play guitar. After graduation she took the step her Grandparents only dreamed about... she moved to Nashville and surprised everyone back home by landing a job at Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, the famous honky-tonk bar across the alley from the Ryman Auditorium!

The public started to take notice of this Jewel from the Great White North but it took the music industry a little longer... 7 years went by before she landed an audition with Mercury Records and after seeing a live performance by Clark, the label's president put her name on the bottom line... luckily he also hired a prolific writer and 4 short months later her debut album hit the stores. Backed by the MEGA HIT "Better Things to Do" and subsequent singles "When Boy Meets Girl" and "If I Were You" it certified Gold in no time and earned her a summer tour with one of her Idols - George Strait. She was also nominated Country Music Association's Horizon Award, as well as the Academy of Country Music Awards' Best New Female Vocalist.

Her follow up, 1996s JUST THE SAME sold even better than her first effort; the singles "Poor, Poor Pitiful Me" and and this weeks featured tune pushed it Platinum, reaching number 10 South of the 49th and number ONE in Canada! She subsequently won a TON of Canadian Country Music Awards, including Album of the Year and Single of the Year; she was also named the Top New Female Country Artist of 1995 by Billboard magazine.

HOW I FEEL hit the stores in the spring of '98 and the first single, "You're Easy on The Eyes" did something no other song by a Canadian Country Female artist has ever done before... it went Number One both North AND South of the 49th.

The new millinium brought FEARLESS with it and while it did well in The Great White North with the likes of "A Little Gasoline" and "Good Mother" (which was later covered by Canadas own Jann Arden) it failed to regain her top spot in the US.

The lukewarm reception made her a little gun shy and it was 3 full years till PAIN TO KILL dropped; "I Just Wanna Be Mad" and "I Wanna Do It All" once again pushed her to the top of the charts, number 3 and 5 respectively.

A Greatest Hits 1994-2004 was released the following year and along with a new hit single, "Girls Lie Too" (which went STRAIGHT to number 1) she received what could be called the Highest Honour any Country and Western Star could ask for; she was inducted into Grand Ole Opry on June 12, 2004 and is currently the ONLY Canadian Female Member.

In 2005 the prophetic LIFE GOES ON hit the shelves; as "She Didn't Have Time" climbed the charts her association with Mercury records disolved and in September that year she made the second big move of her career...

she came home, choosing the bright lights as Vancouver to hang her hat.

In 2007 she signed with BNA records and her first effort for them, the aptly named MY NEXT LIFE, is scheduled to be released in early 2008.

She is the Canadian Country Superstar

Terri Clark

and her autobiographical hit

Emotional Girl.

(click PLAY and sing along)

I've been looking at you looking me
Bet you're thinking that what you get
Is what you see
But underneath this cool exterior
A raging river flows
So before you get any nearer
I better let you know

I'm an emotional girl
I can't help myself
Sometimes I laugh
Sometimes I cry
Sometimes I do both and I don't know why
I got a Passionate heart
And that's just the way things are
You and me could give it a whirl
But I'm warning you, boy
I'm an emotional girl

I like music that's loud and lights down low
I like driving my car too fast
And dancing slow
Some folks may say I'm too extreme
'Cause I can't stop once I start
But I never could do anything
With half my heart

I'm an emotional girl
I can't help myself
Sometimes I laugh
Sometimes I cry
Sometimes I do both and I don't know why
I got a Passionate heart
And that's just the way things are
You and me could give it a whirl
But I'm warning you, boy
I'm an emotional girl

You and me could give it a whirl
But I'm warning you, boy
I'm an emotional girl


Hope you enjoyed this weeks Stampede Tunesday!


Stampede Attendance

                    2007     Record     Year

                Thursday     47,139     89,185     92                 

                Friday     92,242    107,268     00              

           Saturday    123,132    177,207     77            

Sunday    150,420    171,784     99

Monday     87,767    100,611     91

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Posted by Holly:

Here, here!

Thursday, July 12th 2007 @ 09:12:37 (4713 days, 1h, 25min ago)

Posted by Holly:

LOL Wil - I guess wind is just part of the territory around here, eh? Of course, it doesn't compare to having your tent lifted and taken to Kansas, though. I wonder if Dorothy and Toto might give it back some day?

Have a great Hump Day, my friend. And hey! When are we getting together for coffee, hmmmmm?

Wednesday, July 11th 2007 @ 10:04:30 (4714 days, 0h, 33min ago)

Posted by Tonia:

Oh....3 more days til we leave for the east. And not one reply to my post on the forum!
Wednesday, July 11th 2007 @ 05:24:20 (4714 days, 5h, 13min ago)

Posted by Tonia:

So....does it matter how fast the lone riders are riding....or just the wagons?
Wednesday, July 11th 2007 @ 05:22:48 (4714 days, 5h, 15min ago)

Posted by Starlight:

That is a great one Wil! I see my hubby was here bragging..lol! Stop in soon and have a good week.
Tuesday, July 10th 2007 @ 22:40:40 (4714 days, 11h, 57min ago)

Posted by Sevina Imogen Snape:

Hi Wil
  • Have a super day !
    Tuesday, July 10th 2007 @ 19:07:20 (4714 days, 15h, 30min ago)
  • Posted by AmandaMagick:

    great Tunesday! have a great week!
    Tuesday, July 10th 2007 @ 18:35:02 (4714 days, 16h, 3min ago)

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    Tuesday, July 10th 2007 @ 16:54:04 (4714 days, 17h, 44min ago)

    Posted by Her:

    FANTASTIC Tunesday pick, Wil!
    An amazing woman, and best of all, an Alberta Cowgirl
    How can you not love that?

    Hope you have a good one.
    Tuesday, July 10th 2007 @ 15:02:17 (4714 days, 19h, 35min ago)

    Posted by Cathi:

    You know, Terri Clarke just isn't one of my favorites. Oh well. As for The Cools, lol, that is the name of the Crush Luther song that I liked, and if you listen to it you'll see The Cools is a (probably fictional) high school group.
    Tuesday, July 10th 2007 @ 10:19:01 (4715 days, 0h, 19min ago)

    Posted by The Zoo:

    hi u w cooleroni . happy tunesday . it will be fun to hear terry at the radio . that is not mom playing. see you soonish
    Tuesday, July 10th 2007 @ 10:02:44 (4715 days, 0h, 35min ago)

    Posted by Holly:

    Well, maybe you could try playing some nature music at night? You know - the sounds of crickets and frogs singing... That has a very soothing effect...

    Tuesday, July 10th 2007 @ 09:38:12 (4715 days, 0h, 59min ago)

    Posted by Holly:

    Great choice for Tunesday, Wil. Terry Clark definitely has it goin' on, that's for sure. I thought that she was discovered on Canadian Idol, though? I'm surprised to learn she's been singing for a lot longer than Canadian Idol has been around.

    Anyhooo, thanks for another great Tunesday, my friend. YEEEEEE-HAAAAAAW!

    Tuesday, July 10th 2007 @ 09:21:37 (4715 days, 1h, 16min ago)

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