Terri Clark Releases “Roots and Wings”

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For those of you who’ve been wondering what[lastfm link_type=””] Terri Clark[/lastfm] has been up to lately, well she just released her eighth studio album “Roots & Wings” last month and has been dealing with the loss of her mother.

Terri produced and compiled the music for her album under her own independent label and co-wrote all of the tracks except one, including the heart-tugging song ‘Smile.’ The song is in honor of her late mother who lost her battle with cancer last year. Terri talks about her personal struggles: “I think that any personal struggles that an artist goes through, especially if you write your own music, is going to come through in what you do. It’s a way a lot of us will express ourselves. A lot of the past five years has been a real eye-opening kind of growth experience. I don’t think you really grow through all the easy things in life … it’s through the hard part.  My mom and I were extremely close, so watching her suffer like that shows you how short life is. We’re only here for a minute. There were a lot of things I started to do differently, watching my mother go through that. I realized that certain things were non-negotiable anymore. When she passed away, I lost my best friend. My singing and my songwriting and my career was always so important to her. She was always such a big part of it, that I knew I couldn’t just curl up in a ball and die and quit making music. That would have been not true to her or me. It would kind of have been spitting in the face of the dream she believed in. I’m not selling millions of records anymore, but I feel like I’m making the best music of my life because it’s the most honest music I’ve ever made. A lot of this stuff I’m writing is very personal now. I’m drawing from a lot of my own experiences and things I’ve gone through.”

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