Terri Clark

Terri Clark

Terri Clark in concert Tuesday in Williams Lake

Canada’s country sweetheart Terri Clark will be performing in Williams Lake March 12 as part of her Canadian tour.

Canada’s country sweetheart Terri Clark will be performing in Williams Lake March 12 as part of her Canadian tour.

With more than four million albums sold and more than a dozen top 10 hits to her credit, Terri Clark has emerged as a singular voice on the country music landscape – driving, passionate, spirited – and every bit her own woman.

The Alberta native is an eight-time, fan-voted Canadian Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year and multiple Juno winner.

She’s the only Canadian female to be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.

In 2004 Clark joined the cast of the Grand Ole Opry, tapping into the rich traditions of country music’s most famous stage.

Her biography states that her distinctive sound is inspired by the hardcore honky-tonk of Merle Haggard; the California country-rock of Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris; tough-minded women like Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline; and Canadian stars like Hank Snow to Neil Young.

The songs of her latest album Classic span four decades of timeless country music, starting with the tunes young Terri learned via impromptu living-room parties her grandparents often hosted.

Clark’s maternal grandparents raised five kids while playing country music in Montreal nightclubs with names like The Kit Kat an The Western Stop. Terri’s grandfather would break out his fiddle, her grandmother would start singing; soon it seemed like the entire neighbourhood would join in.

“My grandmother was nicknamed The Canadian Kitty Wells; that’s what they called her around Montreal,” Terri says in her biography.

“They couldn’t go to Nashville and take a bigger stab at it — with five kids that just wasn’t going to happen. So I made the pioneer trip to Tennessee.”

Songs on Classic include popular oldies such as It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels or I’m Movin’ On and The Singing Ranger.

Up and coming country artist Kira Isabella will be joining Terri Clark as the opening artist at each of her Canadian dates.

Clark’s tour will be in support of World Vision, and event attendees will have the opportunity to sponsor children at all of the tour dates.

Kira Isabella was born Sept. 18, 1993. Her first single Love Me Like That was released in 2011 and charted on the Canadian Hot 100.

In 2011 she released her second single A Real Good Radio and her third single A Little More work in 2012.

Clark will be performing at the Gibraltar Room, Tuesday, March 12.

Tickets are $45 (cash only) and available at Margetts Meats and Bob’s Shoes, Workwear and Repair.