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Like her contemporary, Shania Twain, Terri Clark came storming out of Canada and captured the attention of America's country music industry in the mid-'90s. Where Twain incorporated more rock & roll into her music, Clark pretty much stayed close to her country roots, even if those roots were more new country than hardcore honky tonk.

Terri Clark's multitude of fans will be somewhat surprised - and pleasantly so - when they hear her new Mercury CD, Fearless. Five years after her recording debut, the Canadian singer/songwriter follows a natural musical progression, resulting in a well-rounded project that represents the artist she is today.

"No Fear," one of the two songs she wrote with Mary Chapin Carpenter, leads off the CD and primes the ear for the 11 captivating songs that follow. "It sets the tone for the whole album. That's really what it was for me the whole project was a fearless endeavor. 'No Fear' has just as much attitude as 'Better Things To Do,' but in a much different, more subtle way. It's still me, it's just me seven years later."
In fact Clark co-wrote eight of the 12 cuts on Fearless. "I found that I really wanted to start fresh with every aspect on this album," she explains. "It's almost like re-inventing yourself. A turning point, Phase Two of my career. I didn't want to repeat myself. To me, if you want to play a different game, you've got to go to different sources." She did just that, collaborating for the first time with noted tunesmiths Mary Chapin Carpenter, Gary Burr, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Angelo and Annie Roboff.

"My mother was a child of the '60s and she listens still to Bob Dylan and Joan Baez and Joplin and the Beatles. When I was growing up, that's what I listened to. I wanted to write with people who had that influence who could help bring that out. You can hear it coming out of my music now, where it didn't before. I think a lot of it has to do with just coming of age, full circle back to your roots. I'm discovering parts of myself musically that I think I've repressed a little bit."

She had but one request to make of her co-writers. "Every time I went to a co-writing appointment, I said, 'First of all, ignore everything you've ever heard from me before. Let's just write something really great, and let's not call it pop, country, rock, folk or anything.' That's how we approached this co-writing thing."

"I feel like I'm writing with my heart now more than my head," she believes. "It's coming from a different place. A more grownup place. When I wrote the songs for my first album, I was 23 and 24 years old - that's almost 10 years ago. That's a big jump in maturity and life experiences. You go through things and you mature and you grow. I've learned from it, and I think it's made me a better person, a better artist and a better writer. The songs I'm writing now are coming from a woman's standpoint instead of a little girl.

"Fearless is the most personal album I've ever made, and the most honest thing my fans have ever heard from me," she says. "I had to let go of any expectations anybody might have had of me and just do what I wanted to do creatively. I always follow my heart wherever I am at the time. If I don't stay true to who I am as a person, then I'm not doing myself or anyone else justice. Who you are as a person should come out in your artistry and in your craft. It should come from the heart. Every song contains a subtle moral."

Subtle, yes, with clean, acoustic production. But also attention-getting. Clark's vocals are as crisp and clean as ever, delivered with emotion and conviction. Unaffected arrangements allow Clark's powerful voice to dominate each track. "We just wanted to make it real sounding," she says of the plan she and producer Steuart Smith executed during the recording process. For the first time since her Just The Same project, she found herself behind the board as co-producer.
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