Terri Clark is a Canadian country singer known for a stream of country and pop hits in the 1990s such as “Girls Lie Too,” and “Better Things to Do.” Clark is often compared to the likes of Shania Twain, though Clark stayed closer to her country roots than Twain throughout her musical career.
Clark was born in Montreal to a musical family. She taught herself to play guitar at a young age and sang, played, and listened to country music throughout her adolescence. After her high school graduation, Clark moved to Nashville where she impressed the management at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge and quickly became the club’s house singer. Clark was initially successful as a club performer, but found it difficult to get into the greater music industry. She sang at clubs for seven years and worked various odd jobs until she married a fiddler named Ted Stevenson. Finally, in 1994, Clark was signed by the president of Mercury Records after he had seen one of her live performances
In 1995, Clark released her EP, which became a hit upon release. The album went gold and saw three Top Ten hits “Better Things to Do,” “When Boy Meets Girl,” and “If I Were You.” After going on tour opening for George Strait, Clark was nominated for the Country Music Association’s Horizon Award, and won Album of the Year and Single of the Year at the 1996 Canadian Country Music Awards. She was also named Billboard magazine’s Top New Female Country Artist in 1995.
Clark released a series of successful albums following her wins, including Just the Same (1996), How I Feel (1998), Fearless (2000), Pain to Kill (2003), and Life Goes On (2005). She then Mercury Nashville and went on to form her own label, Bare Tracks. As an independent artist, she found success with Long Way Home (2009), and Roots & Wings (2011). Most recently, Clark embarked on a 2017 tour with Pam Tillis and Suzy Bogguss called Chicks with Hits. She performs often, and is regularly booked for private parties and corporate entertainment events.