Brandy Clark’s Grammy Inspiration

"I Wanna Be That Good," She Thought

When someone is at the top of their music game, it’s kind of tough to think of the struggles involved in getting there.

But Brandy Clark paints a pretty vivid picture of what those early, early days were like.

“When you’re a little kid, taking guitar lessons and sitting on living room floor struggling to make an F chord, you watch those people up on the Grammy stage do it. And they do it with ease. And you think, ’Wow, I wanna do that. I wanna be that good,'” Clark says in a new video from the Recording Academy.

So to be a part of that as an artist now, she says, means a lot to her. Clark is nominated for two Grammys: best country solo performance for “Love Can Go to Hell,” and best country album for her sophomore release, Big Day in a Small Town.

She’s in that latter category with country legend Loretta Lynn and her album Full Circle.

The weight of that is not lost on Clark.

“I have a lot of respect for every artist in the two categories I’m in. And a really big deal to be this year is to be nominated alongside Loretta Lynn.

“To think that I could be in the same category as her is pretty surreal to me,” she said.

What’s next for Clark — after the 59th annual Grammy Awards air live from Los Angeles on Sunday (Feb. 12) — is making even more music.

The songs on Big Day in a Small Town, she admits, are telling some truths that maybe aren’t as popular as some other songs on other records.

And it sounds like she intends to keep making great art like that.

“It needs to get better from here. It can’t slip below,” she said, “and that’s a great challenge to have.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.