Updated Fri, Mar 23, 2012 10:35 am
Ohio University-Chillicothe student Jordan Clark is looking to turn her passion for singing into her professional pursuit.
Clark, 20, recently recorded her debut CD, and she plans to take her ambitions to "Music City" and see how they play out.
"I am going to go to Nashville this summer and see what it’s all about. I will have my first album out by then," said Clark, who recorded the album, L-O-V-E, at the Recording Workshop in Massieville. "While at the recording studio, I became friends with some people from Nashville who can help point me in the right direction."
Clark is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration. "Studying for a business degree combines my passion for music and my familiarity with business," said Clark, who has already started her own business, Lacarre Productions, LLC, to distribute her CDs, t-shirts and other related promotional items.
“I hope to meet other musicians and use the business to help them in their careers. I have always been interested in the business side of the music industry," she said.
Clark began her vocal career at a young age, singing the national anthem at Chillicothe Paints games when she was six or seven years old. "I'm glad I began singing when I was that young because it gave me an opportunity to learn from my mistakes."
For Clark, her musical career has hit all of the high notes.
"It’s what I want to do the rest of my life," she said. "When you find what it is you love, you pursue it, and that’s how it is for me and singing. It brings me a lot of happiness to know that people want to hear me sing. It’s fun to see people enjoy what I love to do."
Attending college while pursuing her musical goals can pose a challenge, but the Zane Trace High School graduate takes it all in stride.
"The key is to keep a good notebook to schedule appointments. Plus, I would rather be running around and kept busy rather than having nothing to do," Clark said. "Going to college and pursuing a music career is kind of crazy, but it fits my style."
According to Clark, the sometimes hectic schedule and balancing act in terms of her schedule are worth the challenges in the end.
"This is my passion. I have had to make sacrifices, especially in terms of time, to make it happen, but it’s worth it. I figure I only get one shot at this. I just have to meet the right person at the right time.”