If you were to blend the vocals of Shania Twain, Celine Dion and Joni Mitchell together, you would have something akin to the soaring voice of emerging Australian musician Imogen Clark.
Clark has spent the last two years touring Australia, Europe and the United States in support of her latest record, Collide, and will perform her first Australian show for 2020 at next month's Inland Sea of Sound festival.
"I've had a bit of time off after a crazy year of touring, so it'll be nice to get back into it," she said.
"I like to make music that gets audiences up off their feet, but also encourages them to think, so expect a balance of those two things."
Clark's sound meshes a range of different genres together, from country to folk rock with heavy leanings towards alternative music.
"There's something in there for everyone," she said.
"I grew up on country music, but I wouldn't say my songs exclusively fit that genre."
Clark recorded Collide in 2018 with Mark Lizotte, better known by his stage name, Diesel.
"Mark was a wonderful influence in the studio and on tour, where I performed as his support act for numerous gigs," she said.
"He played a lot of the instruments on Collide, and I look back fondly on that record as the start of our great working relationship."
Clark's songwriting adopts an autobiographical approach, where she endeavours to make sense of her place in the world.
"Music has always been a very personal thing to me, and I enjoy writing songs to reflect on my experiences," she said.
"The reason I'm still in love with songwriting so much is that each song comes together differently, whether it be through a lyric idea, a melody or a chord progression."
Clark said her Inland Sea of Sound set will include new material from her upcoming EP, which she is currently recording in Los Angeles with producer Mike Bloom.
"I tend to write a lot on the road and there's something about being in unfamiliar places that inspire you to come up with new ideas," she said.
At just 24 years of age, Clark has already released a number of records [including two on major label Universal Music] and in addition to Diesel, she has opened for James Reyne, Ian Moss and Clare Bowen.
"I got into music at a young age through my dad and I feel very lucky that, through him, I found my passion so early in life," she said.
"That early exposure helped cut my teeth in some tough scenarios, and it's helped me grow into the musician I am today."
Imogen Clark will perform at Inland Sea of Sound on Saturday, February 29. For more information, visit inlandseaofsound.com.au.
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