Are you more likely to ask for permission or forgiveness? Liddy Clark would rather do the latter, and her new single ‘sorry mom & dad’ shows just that as it stands as a somewhat reflection on the last few years of her adolescence.
Touching on not meeting your parent’s expectations, and just the small things that children tend to apologize for as they grow up, this emotional track explains Liddy’s thought process on how she’ll do anything she can to make her parents happy, and if that isn’t a mood, we don’t know what is.
“I just want to make you proud, have a sold out show in my hometown with you standing in the crowd”
Growing up, everyone has their own life experiences, but we’re sure many of us did not turn out the way our parents expected we would, no matter if it’s for the better or the worse. But Liddy’s lyrics perfectly depict how we’re trying our hardest, even if our parents may not see it ” it may not seem like it right now but I’m trying my best.”
Listen to Liddy Clark’s new single. ‘sorry mom & dad’ below and then read on for an exclusive THP interview!
How did you know you wanted to pursue a career in music and how did you know being a singer/songwriter was the right path for you? Did it have to do with your early musical inspirations?
I’ve always loved music & writing songs has always come pretty naturally to me. I really decided this is what I want to do when I was 13 & started putting all of my time into writing & playing & performing my own material. I’ve bounced through a few different genres I love, but no matter what production styles are behind my songs, the lyrics are always the core of what I create. Some of my early inspirations include John Mayer, Billy Joel, Taylor Swift, who are some of my favorite lyricists ever.
So, your new single is called ‘sorry mom and dad,’ what were you like as a child growing up, and what is the biggest thing you’ve had to apologize to them for?
I was a pretty chaotic child up until high school when I started to mellow out a bit. I was never quite the popular kid in school, but it wasn’t like I didn’t have at least 2 people I could talk to at any point. I’ve only ever really apologized for things after they happened, kind of a “ask for forgiveness, not permission” mentality. The song goes through some of the more menial things I’ve apologized for (my hypothetical tendency to drink alcohol below the age of 21 & certain events that have occurred as a result of my poor decision making) but the second verse of the song talks about how anxious I get regarding asking my parents for money, especially when it’s for this career I’m pursuing because it’s so difficult to succeed as a musician.
Have you played your new song to your parents? If so, what was their reaction?
Haha yes, I have! I only played it for them after it had been mastered, so my producer was also very anxious to hear their reactions. My dad cried & my mom got upset because of all the “foul” language, but eventually, she got on board with the song.
What’s your favorite lyric from, ‘sorry mom and dad’ and why is it the one that stands out the most to you? What message do you hope your fans take from your new single?
The whole bridge section of the song is really my favorite part, just because it breaks down the emotional emphasis of the entire song. I hope fans are able to take away that my experience in this song is pretty similar to a lot of people’s, it’s difficult to talk about tough or strained relationships with parents so I want to break the ice and allow people to feel more open to talking about it.
Your song ‘Wrapped Up in Roses” went pretty big on TikTok and sounds like the perfect song for the Bachelor or Bachelorette, how did you come up with this idea?
Thank you! I actually came up with it near the beginning of quarantine when I was binge-watching The Bachelor pretty frequently. I wanted to write a song from the perspective of these people who fell in love so fast on a reality TV Show because even though I’ve never felt it, I imagine it’s a pretty once in a lifetime feeling.
You’ve already achieved pretty big accolades since first starting out, what does your bucket-list for 2021 look like? Do you have any big achievements you are hoping to crush this year?
I’m hoping to graduate college this year (probably not in person, but a girl can dream!) I also want to put out all of this music I’ve been writing and producing during quarantine, so hopefully an entire album worth of songs by the end of 2021. I don’t want to set too many expectations for the year regarding live music, but maybe in the next few years, I can get back to playing and get to share the stage with tons of other amazing artists.
You’ve performed with a lot of big names, who would be your dream artist to work with if you haven’t worked with them already? What performance have you had that was the most surreal to you and made you feel like music was the right path?
I would love to collaborate with Julia Michaels, I think her writing style is so unique and personal that it can be universally specific to everyone who listens to it. I performed at the iHeart Radio stage (NYC) in 2017 and it was the most surreal performance and experience I’ve ever had. You walk through a hallway that is huge and has lights on the floor, walls and ceiling. And as you walk through it, it lights up and plays music. The stage was on a very high floor in the building and you could see skyscrapers all around you. It was after months of working towards getting on that stage, and having that payoff meant the world to me.
And you’re still in college, what was it like being a student during the crazy year that was 2020? How do you balance your academic and music careers?
It was definitely crazy and unexpected, those first few weeks of lockdown really tested my patience and mental stability. Luckily, I’ve been able to adjust to online classes and kept a pretty consistent schedule of getting out of the apartment and taking in some sunshine during the day. It’s gotten easier to balance my career during quarantine just because there’s less driving around to do lol! I can spend that time organizing my schedule & planning different parts of my day to dedicate to music.
You’ve performed in some awesome venues like the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville and The Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles, what other venue do you dream of playing at once it’s safe again?
I would love to play at Red Rocks in Colorado, it looks like an absolutely insane view, and the acoustics are supposed to be incredible there. I’d also love to play the BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL since it’s where I went to some of my first concerts & it would truly be a full-circle moment for me.
Making us emotional, causing us to reflect, and giving us the perfect song to play for our parents if we can’t find the right words ourselves, ‘sorry mom & dad’ is full of lyrical genius, and we can not wait to see what else Liddy Clark has in store for us this year!
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