Brandy Clark, '12 Stories': Fall Music Preview 2013

Brandy Clark performs during the 2013 O Music Awards on June 20, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Release Date: Oct. 22
Label: Slate Creek Records

Brandy Clark has had songs cut by the likes of Sheryl Crow and Reba McEntire, and scored No. 1s as co-writer on the Band Perry's "Better Dig Two" and Miranda Lambert's "Mama's Broken Heart." Yet a recording contract initially eluded her. On "12 Stories," Clark is delightfully left of center on songs like "Get High" about a pot-smoking housewife and the single "Stripes" about a woman who refrains from killing her cheating lover because prison uniforms aren't flattering. "My goal as a songwriter has always been to write a song that someone who wasn't a songwriter would write if they could write a song," she says.

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