In the last few years, Imogen Clark has been touted as one of the most promising emerging singer/songwriters in Australia. Now, with a CMC nomination for New Artist Of The Year in her back pocket, she’s on the cusp of converting those accolades into wider critical acclaim with the release of her new single Collide, the first single to be taken from her highly anticipated sophomore album, produced by Mark Lizotte (Diesel).
In 2015, Imogen became the youngest ever worldwide signing to Lost Highway Records/Universal Music Australia (Shane Nicholson, Catherine Britt), recognition of how her songwriting has gained respect in the alt-country/Americana music field. Since her signing, Imogen has also been recognised with major awards at the Australian Songwriters’ and Tamworth Songwriters’ Awards.
Imogen’s debut album Love & Lovely Lies has enjoyed great success since its release in 2016, charting at #15 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter Chart, and #15 on the ARIA Chart for Australian Country Albums. The album’s second single, You’ll Only Break My Heart, entered the Official Australian Airplay Country Top 20 Chart at #14, taking into account radio stations right across Australia, as well as reaching #1 on the CMC chart. Another of the album’s singles Drawing Hearts peaked at #5 on the Australian Country Airplay Chart, with its music video also reaching #1 on the CMC chart. The album’s opening single Take Me For A Ride shot straight to #1 on the iTunes Country Chart upon release.
Imogen’s new single Collide is an exciting example of what to expect from her upcoming sophomore album. Steeped in rhythmic, alt-country production with a gritty, rock edge, the track showcases Imogen’s deep, soulful vocal tone and is another example of her wisely crafted lyrics. In a stream-of-consciousness style song alluding to the idea of taking risks and getting into trouble, she sings “My, oh my, what a pretty lie we’ve come to create”, and “My two cents, if you want it, living don’t make you alive”. The single’s sophistication represents a clear growth in Imogen’s personality from a younger, more naïve girl to a more mature, worldly young woman.
Carrying on the tradition of the travelling troubadour songwriter, Imogen has spent the last five years touring tirelessly, both nationally and internationally. Supporting and playing alongside highly respected artists such as Diesel, Ian Moss, Daryl Braithwaite and Shane Nicholson, Imogen has quickly earned her place as “a mainstay in the Australian live scene” (TheMusic.com.au). She has also earned an abundance of songwriting and studio work credits, having cowritten two songs on Kasey Chambers’ #1 album Dragonfly, and recording backing vocals on Shane Nicholson’s Love & Blood record.
The range and conviction throughout her debut album and live performances is what has already drawn many to Imogen’s songwriting and will continue to capture the hearts and minds of new fans as they discover her latest single, Collide.
“Imogen is a songwriter well beyond her years with a flawless voice that is mesmerising. At just 22, she is already an old soul” – Kasey Chambers.