New Elm Fundraiser

Just had a wonderful afternoon at a fundraiser for a family who lost their home to fire in New Elm. Although I did not know the Tompkins Family I was very happy to perform as part of this event.

Back in 2000 I lost my home to fire and remember vividly that it was those people who supported us after the loss that made it possible for us to survive the events of that day.

When I got back to the property and met up with the fire fighters it was as if they had the exact words to say to me to let me focus on the fact that we were all safe and the “stuff” we lost was just that.

I took those words and wrote a song about my loss which was my way to deal with this tragedy. Whenever I hear of another family going through that same experience I am brought back to that time in my life and always feel blessed and called to help in whatever way I can to ease the burden even if it is just a little bit.

They managed to raise over 3000 dollars at the event in the small community hall and that was impressive. Thanks again for allowing me to be part of this great community effort.

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I was born in Halifax in the 70's and from a very early age I began singing and have always been in love with music. I moved to the South Shore of Nova Scotia at the age of 10. I began singing in the church choir and was noticed by Tela Purcell a local painter who offered to sponsor my education in music by sending me for four lessons with Diane Oxner-Macdonald. I did not know at the time that she was the vocal coach for other great singers including Halifax native Sarah McLachlan. Through work over the next 4 years with her I was offered opportunities to participate in the local Music Festival in German and Italian folk and also in English. I was also able to join the Lunenburg Chorale. At the same time I was active as a member of a Barbershop Chorus called the Sons of the Sea. I also began pursuing more music in Junior High school at Centre Consolidated and then in International Baccalaureate Music programs while at Park View. I continued singing in the church choir and performing whenever I could in public. I also began working on music in the summer as part of the summer music program for the Archdiocese of Halifax and was selected for the youth choir and sang for Saint, Pope John Paul II in 1984 when he visited Halifax. I also participated for two years at the Summer Camp for the Nova Scotia Youth Choir at Acadia University. Music was definitely also a big part of life and when I married in 1994 I Was running a technology company and shortly after opened a recording studio in Bridgewater where I could produce not only my own albums but albums for other musicians. IN 2000 I recorded an album Called IN Tune and ON Time the many faces of maritime music. Artist such as Close to Home, Midlife Crisis, and Joyce Seamone and Short Notice all worked on our album during that year. I also did full album production for Midlife Crisis's, Close to Home, The Coalstokers, and Diane Willband. Our family was growing and my three children and I began performing together and released our first CD, The Clark Family Group and then a second, We're still here in 2010. I continued to write songs and produce music after moving to St. Anthony, NL for 5 years and then Sydney, NS for two before moving back home to the South Shore in 2015. I continue to work on music and perform. My children are soon to be fully grown and off at university so now I will turn back to a solo approach with them coming and participating from time to time. I hope you enjoy what I have done and what is still to come as I ramp up my second act in this music business.

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