Tonight, we feel blessed to exclusively premiere the latest single and video ‘Carry Me‘ by Ohian americana/indie-soul trio Shannon Clark and the Sugar. The intimate vocal performance combined with the melodic depth & competent voice of Shannon Clark, the heartfelt lyrics, the exquisitely balanced production and song arrangement, and the divine use of the soothing strings lift off the listening experience to the highest level and instantly rise the listeners’ emotion.
A more than ideal companion is the video directed by Shawn Spitler, which is set in Midwest Ohio in Winter & follows a single mother who is struggling with addiction after losing a child.
This is what Shannon Clark shared with us about ‘Carry Me‘: “The song was very personal for our family and when I got the call to work with Shawn [Spitler] it was just a no brainer that we wanted to make this happen in our hometown. The song is about coming home and it just made sense. The crew we had was amazing, we had so many wonderful people including local [cinematographer] Olga Wagner and Frank Steele as well as actress Oakley Boycott from New York City.”
Hailing from rustic Darke County, Ohio, Americana/indie-soul act, Shannon Clark and the Sugar, announce their video “Carry Me,” due out on January 15, 2021. Lucky that talent runs in the family, the husband, wife, and daughter team write and perform their original music about personal loss, struggles and the human condition, weaving together heartfelt emotions with a distinctive flair. The single, “Carry Me” garnered # 3 artist on Apple News in the month of December and Chillfiltr Magazine praised, “The raw emotion of Shannon’s vocal delivery exposes the bittersweet beauty of his lyrics and might just have you hugging your loved-ones a little bit tighter tonight.” In addition to the video, the trio are slated to release their first full length album Marks on the Wall, produced by GRAMMY Award-winner Mark Howard (Bob Dylan, U2, Neil Young, Tom Waits, Lucinda Williams, Emmy Lou Harris, Willie Nelson) this coming May.
In the winter of 2019, the band partnered with international award winning filmmaker Shawn Spitler (www.spitpics.com) to film a music video for their latest song, “Carry Me,” written by lead singer Shannon Clark. Shot over three days in and around Darke County’s agricultural landscape, key scenes were crafted at the local bar, The Triangle and Hunt’s Butcher Shop. “The song was very personal for our family and when I got the call to work with Shawn [Spitler] it was just a no brainer that we wanted to make this happen in our hometown. The song is about coming home and it just made sense,” says Clark. “The crew we had was amazing, we had so many wonderful people including local [cinematographer] Olga Wagner and Frank Steele as well as actress Oakley Boycott from New York City, “ he continued. The video has received national attention including acceptance to over eight film festivals including the Albuquerque short film festival, The Red Rock Film Festival, The Southeastern International Music & Film Festival, the Mosaic International Film Festival and a nomination for best music video of the year award from the Oregon Short Film Festival and win for “Best Music Video” at The Peak City International Film Festival. Last but not least, the video won Silver at the Hollywood Independent Film Makers’ Awards just this past week.
The trio’s journey to their current arrangement was not an easy one. Husband and wife duo, Shannon and Brittany Clark joined the Warped Tour to represent Ohio in the mid 2000’s. Soon after, tragedy hit the family with the loss of their second daughter. For a time the music stopped. However, the pair swiftly found that creative songwriting would become the healing tool that brought them together and revived the band. When their oldest daughter, Navie joined in 2019 as a vocalist/instrumentalist, they began experimenting with a new sound and Shannon Clark and the Sugar was born.
Start of 2021 the right way and watch “Carry Me” and stay tuned for more from Shannon Clark and the Sugar.
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