Powerful, Uplifting Gospel & Soul
Lydia’s cool and unique style began at the age of five as she began her twelve years of private study in piano, organ, flute and voice, playing in symphonic, dance and marching bands through high school, and three years at the Santa Fe Conservatory of Music under the direction of Mark L. Davis (of Julliard School of Music). Beginning her professional career at the age of 15, performing in rock, jazz, country, blues, Dixieland, and gospel bands and musicals.
Her performances and recording career include the following artists: Lady, The Funktion, JB & the Nightflyers, TNT, Gangbusters, Chris Calloway & the Fly de High Orchestra, The Strange Tones, Bethleham & Eggs, Sweet Sister, Phil Brown & The Apaches from Paris, Soul Deacons, Hillary Smith & the Groove Tribe, Soul Static, USO tours, and the most recent group “Lydia Clark and The Gospel Ryders". She has directed bell choir, youth choir, served for four years as an accompanist and vocal coach for the National Dance Institute of New Mexico, Music Director for the Broadway Theatre Dance Workshop at the School for Performing Arts in Santa Fe, and a composer for the Santa Fe Opera school program (writing four childrens’ operas in 2009 and two in 2010). She has also participated and coordinated several benefits including “Outside/In”, Esperanza, concert for WWOZ public radio station in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, Toys for Tots, and the “Heart of Santa Fe” CD project benefiting Warehouse 21 (teen project in Santa Fe, NM). This CD took Best Local CD in 2010.
She is a BMI recording artist and has just launched her latest album “It’s a Brand New Day” from Lydia Clark & The Gospel Ryders. The cd is available at www.cdbaby.com and iTunes and being well received. Another new release will be available in the spring “Voices of My Past”, a tribute to her musical influences.