from Lawrence's new "Amazing!" CD win Honorable Mention
(top 5 out of all music entries) in the 2009 International Christian
Art Competion Competition, featured on Texas
Although there have always been elements of gospel in Clark's lyrics,
he has never before recorded a whole CD in this genre. Well, that
has now changed, as Lawrence and his wife/best friend/fellow songwriter
Kristen have been busy at Moonhouse Studios in Austin working with
producer extraordinaire Chris Gage on an entire CD full of God-inspired
with Gage, who also engineered and performed on Clark's previous
CD, New Horizon, seems to be a winning combination. "And
the Angels Sing," the first cut on the CD, has been awarded
Honorable Mention (top 5 out of all music entries) in the 2009 International
Art for God Competition, and has been featured,
along with "Before You Put Me Down," on Texas
to the Texas CSA feature here.
and a live interview here.
just a few of the comments and reviews that have been received so
played your CD, and it is truly amazing! We loved it. Each (song)
I heard I thought was my favorite, then I heard the next one and
they're all coming in first. The lyrics, the arrangements, the singing…
everything. Thumbs up!"
CD to grace my desk is from an old friend, Lawrence Clark. WE met
academic setting: The Southwest Pop Culture Conference in New Mexico.
discovered his talent in songwriting and performing (along with
the teaching) and invited
him to join our Living History Day team under the songwriters’
tent. He’s a regular,
coming over from Houston each year. Now married to Kristen, he is
also branching out
into new areas of music. “Amazing” is his latest CD,
one that was produced by Chris
Gage and contains 12 strong gospel, folk and uplifting songs! Two
were once recorded
by Ruthie Foster, and the arrangement Lawrence gives to “Death
Came a Knockin’” and
“Stayed on Freedom” open up new ways to hear these two
songs that were already
favorites of mine!
"On The Road," Feb. 2009
of the Texas Heritage Music Foundation
a few lines to tell you again how much I appreciate (The Message)
CD. I was listening to it the past two mornings when I was getting
dressed - the Lord touches me every time."
Clark defines spiritual folk and wears it deservingly like a soft
purple robe. Clark’s servant spirit shines through on this
twelve-cut emblem of praise.
letting you know... I picked up my husband at work. He must have
been in a "bad" mood cause as soon as he heard the (Amazing!)
CD he said "Oh, I feel better already"! He loves song
#10. I wasn't sure how he was going to react but he loved it all.
It takes a lot to move him. Thank you. We listened to it 3 times
on the way home."
Thank you for
ministering in our "Connections Coffee House" back in
July. Folks are still talking about that night!
knew it or not you and Kristen set the standard for what we want
our coffee house ministry to look like as we execute monthly programs
starting this Saturday night.
New Covenant Baptist Church
North Berwick, Maine
want to say 'thanks' for the wonderful gift of music. (The Amazing)
CD is awesome! I had such a great morning – got up early,
had coffee and listened to it in the peaceful early hours!"
compliment the South Austin sound on a heartfelt mix of traditional
and contemporary gospel favorites and originals.
and other CD's by Lawrence J. Clark can be purchased online from
Reviews of The Magic of Mechanics
Cypress, Texas: American Mutt Press, 2006. soft cover, 62 pages
as you discover the journey of a songwriter evolving into that which
he now has become. Poetry, song lyrics, and stories of insight that
lift the heart and help you understand the real LJC.
Lawrence originally hails from Maine, but he’s made his way
on down. Here in his poems, songs, and short narrative, you’ll
explore his doings – his admiration of his home life, his
teenage awe, his loves, his shock over injustice, his quandaries
over the poetical experience. He overcomes his education and writes
in accessible lines of common human events. Some is raw and naked,
others laden beneath sweet nostalgia.
his prose he notes his reason for writing and that is to reach people’s
hearts and souls. He certainly finds mine as he writes about his
first newspaper route.
Fans of his
one-man show enjoy Clark's intelligent, poignant and humorous lyrics,
as well as his musical talent and ability to captivate an audience.
Horizon receives critical acclaim
has created quite a buzz for the Maine native who, after several
years gracingthe Austin songwriter scene, now divides his time between
homes in Houston, Texas and Tijeras, New Mexico.
mix of "Americana" music, the project showcases Clark's
songwriting talents in several genres, including contemporary folk,
blues, and "Texified" folk-rock. Clark receives a little
help on the project from several Texas music luminaries, including
Christine Albert and Grammy nominee Ruthie Foster on harmony vocals,
Chris Gage on guitar and piano, and Gene Elders on fiddle.
Cuts from the
album have appeared on compilations published by MyTexasMusic.com,
Texas Music Magazine, and the Houston Association of Acoustic Musicians
(HAAM), which have been distributed to over 30,000 Texas music fans,
DJs, and media outlets. Several tracks have become popular downloads
with online music services such as iTunes and Rhapsody.
sophomore project is a maturation of his vast talents. The stories
keep coming, as in the maternal remembrance “Baby, Don’t
You Cry” and the Vietnam era double entendre “I Just
Wanna Fly.” This disc is well orchestrated and superbly arranged,
especially the horns on “Who Sings The Blues.” Lawrence
J. Clark is a songwriter for the baby boomer in all of us, as he
reminds us of how things were, tells us how things get, and warns
us of how things are going to be.
Horizon is a wonderful collection of true songs, all of them
based on experiences you can relate to. After listening, you’ll
feel good about yourself, knowing that you’re not alone with
your observations of how twisted it can get. Ever feel disconnected?
Check this lyric: “…feelin’ ‘bout as connected
as a frog on a log in the middle of a dry creek in the middle of
a burned out prairie…”
J. Clark's voice is full and soothing, and the music for his lyrics
is always fitting. An excellent live performer, Austin's Lawrence
J. Clark will help round out any serious Texas music collection.
Howard of Texana
The songs track
Clark’s life from his 1960’s childhood onward. Figuring
out life, leaving this crazy world behind, reminiscing mother love,
cold cities, sunsets, the Blues, things “Gone with the Wind,”
and new horizons are among the dozen offerings.
lyrics and melodious sounds drift above the more vivid emotions,
some joy, some sorrow, some loves, and some losses. This Doctor
of English from TAMU strikes a different chord from the usual expectations
read his poetry, fiction, and songs – and motivate you. He
also enjoys workshops for students, young or old. He may be preparing
a 4th CD, one of gospel roots where he’ll continue “laying
the hard things aside.”
Horizon and other CD's
by Lawrence J. Clark can be purchased online from MyTexasMusic.com,