Veteran country hitmaker Terri Clark is working on a brand new album – one that teams her with one of Nashville's top producers, Michael Knox. "I've known him for a long time," she told Billboard of the man behind the glass on hits by acts such as Jason Aldean and Montgomery Gentry. "He used to pitch me songs when he was a song plugger. It's fun to get to work with someone who has a fresh take on me as an artist."
Clark is also working with PledgeMusic on the making of the album, marking the first time she has opened up the record-making process to the fans. The singer recently crossed the 100% threshold in raising the funds for the album. "That's been a different angle for me. I haven't written as much for this record for various reasons. Michael has the resources to bring some great songs to the table."
Benji Rogers, President and Founder of PledgeMusic is excited to have the opportunity to work with Clark on the disc. "It is thrilling to see the level of success and excitement centered around Terri Clark's current campaign," he told The 615. "Terri was looking for a new, non-traditional way to bring her record to her dedicated fans and we are proud she chose PledgeMusic's direct-to-fan platform."
Clark noted that the campaign is a sign of the times, but once she got involved with PledgeMusic, she found the experience to be a thrilling one. "I've noticed a lot of people are doing this now. I was a little hesitant at first, but once I got in the process and I realized how much my fans were embracing it, it makes so much sense. I have one of the most loyal fan bases around. I've been at it for so long. They support every project I do. All of this is basically a glorified pre-order campaign that comes with special exclusives and benefits for people who want to do more than just buy the album. They're also involved from the ground floor up – like getting content from inside the studio or a songwriting session. They get to be a part of the process from the very beginning." Some of the incentives for donating to the project includes dinner with Clark, as well as fishing and bowling trips with the star. The album is slated for release this fall.
The as-yet-untitled album will feature a different sound from the singer. "It's very energy filled," she said. "We're using a couple of guys from Jason Aldean's band, a couple from Keith Urban, and a couple of guys who work with Tim McGraw. They play live regularly on the road, which I think is awesome. My live show has been a big part of my career, and has extended my career beyond what my shelf life was on a major label," she admits.
One stage where Clark will be performing the new music will be at the Grand Ole Opry. In June, she will celebrate a decade as a member of the WSM Radio show. "That's probably the most proud moment of my career – my greatest accomplishment for so many reasons. To know I've been a member for ten years, and how many times I have stood on that stage as a member feels really great. When I walk in there, I feel like I'm a part of something that is special. That's something that will never compare to anything else. When I started out in the business, I wanted to have longevity, and I wanted to have a career that would stand the test of time. Although I became a member ten years ago, that was only midway through. It's something that was a big milestone along the way."