STEVEN A. CLARK

Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Steven A. Clark grew up in Fayetteville, North Carolina, a military town best known as the home of the Army's Fort Bragg. Naturally introverted -- he was named "Most Quiet" in his high-school yearbook- Clark found his outlet while studying at North Carolina's High Point University; music took hold of his focus. Sensing that his artistic opportunities in small-town Carolina were limited, Clark chased his ambitions to Miami and began to explore and challenge his boundaries. The creative result of this period was an EP called Stripes.

LISTEN // Steven A. Clark Shares “Not You” From Upcoming Debut ‘The Lonely Roller’, Out 9/18

A restless artist recasting R&B and a musician with a few stories to tell on the long drive ahead, Steven A. Clark is a straight-talker in a genre filled with wish-fulfillment, whimsy and cliched beats. On The Lonely Roller, his Secretly Canadian debut album due out September 18, the descriptions of emotions and bad breaks, of flawed characters extricating themselves from tragic affairs, arent just a set-up or storytelling device. Its personal identification set to song, new additions to a canon looking for fresh blood.

“I dont want to just be some guy trying to bring something back, but I always think there is room for a flawed character,” Clark says. “The characters in the songs and me, theyre often the same guy. Thats why I use my actual name. Theres no point in just talking about the character on stage.” By pairing raw, confessional singing and personal stories with pulsing synthesizers and rhythms that hang in the air like a glowing grid of roadside neon, Clark is charting his own creative path.

Miami by way of Fayetteville and Little Rock, Clark’s musical journey began in the south with roots in hip-hop. Attracted to the honesty of the form as well as the creative potential, Clark’s own style evolved toward verse. On songs such as lead single “Not You,” he flips a brutally honest breakup tale and draws emotions and empathy from being on the right side of the conversation.
“Rhythm and blues aint all candy and hearts,” says Clark. “There is real emotion, and lots of times, artists dont always go there. Tapping into the darker side helps make a song more real, and keeps things fresh.” We love the wanderer with no patience for niceties, who cant be bothered by saccharine stories, because we know theyre being called to seek out something more, and Steven A. Clark is the next stranger to roll in from out of town.

Pre-order The Lonely Roller now via Secretly Canadian, iTunes, Amazon, or
your local independent record store

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The Lonely Roller Tracklist
1. Lonely Roller
2. Trouble Baby
3. Not You
4. Can’t Have
5. Bounty
6. Time Machine
7. Floral Print
8. Part Two
9. She’s In Love
10. Young, Wild, Free

EP ANNOUNCE // Steven A. Clark Shares “Lonely Roller” Stream, New EP ‘LATE’ Out Now


We are excited to announce a new addition to the Secretly Canadian roster today: the incredible R&B singer Steven A. Clark. The Miami singer, by way of North Carolina, is making his debut on SC with LATE, a 3 song EP which he mostly wrote and self-produced. Listen to the first track from the album “Lonely Roller” above or on our YouTube / Soundcloud via SPIN premiere.

You can download the new EP out today on iTunes, Amazon, and via SC Distribution.

For more info follow Steven on Facebook and Twitter.

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Not You by Steven A. Clark
Lonely Roller by Steven A. Clark

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