If you’ve never heard Nevada’s Sandy Clark sing, treat yourself to a special Christmas gift this year and attend her upcoming concert at The Talent Factory in Nevada.
Clark, a favorite Nevada vocal artist, will perform on Saturday, Dec. 9, in a 7 p.m. show. In addition to herself, she will involve a few other well-known, local, talented musicians in her show, and for the first time since she started performing an annual Christmas concert in 2014, she will also involve a live band. “Tom Richards and Jarod Pedersen will be playing mandolin and guitar, and Steve Locker is joining them on bass guitar. We are super-excited about having a live band for part of the show,” Clark said.
She also, as in past years, will bring her husband, Chris, another local vocal talent, on stage again this year. He will join her on some songs, and “Chris will perform an amazing solo of his own as well,” she said. “He sang it last year, but it is so good, it will have a place in every Christmas show I ever do.”
When not singing, Chris handles the sound for his wife’s shows, and Sandy said they also have a friend who stands in on sound and helps with lights and video during the entire show. “We are blessed to have enthusiastic help with production and spotlights,” she said.
Christmas music is very special to Clark. She actually listens to it year round. “It is uplifting and hopeful; some of the most beautiful melodies in the world are in Christmas songs,” she said. “The music (of Christmas) is tied up in memories from childhood and goes with favorite movies or favorite food. It sparkles somehow with candle glow and snowflakes, and on a more serious note, it is faith-filled and worshipful too. I am praying when I sing many of these songs.”
One of her all-time favorite songs, which she will perform at the concert, is “Where Are You Christmas?” from the Grinch soundtrack. “It is emotional and heartfelt, and we can all relate to it in different ways as we get older,” she said. Her husband’s favorite song that she sings is “Nature Boy,” made famous by Nat King Cole. “My arrangement is one from a Celine Dion album, and I like it especially for its stripped down piano jazz sound; it really allows me to be free and open with my voice,” Clark said.
Other songs in her concert, many which are requests from family and friends and some that feature stars — as Clark admits she loves the “guiding star” symbolism of Christmas — will include, “The First Noel,” “When You Wish Upon a Star,” “O Holy Night” and “Breath of Heaven.” “They all contain star or starlight imagery and subconsciously, I think I am drawn to that in lyrics,” she said.
In preparing for the show, Clark said it has been wonderful to have the local historic theater — The Talent Factory — available just a few blocks from her home. Having the venue close by, her husband running her sound and the kindness and generosity of The Talent Factory owners, Larry and Cindy Sloan, who allow her a flexible rehearsal schedule, makes everything easier preparing for this show.
Since starting the Christmas concerts several years back, Clark said she is still finding new material and finding ideas for performing songs in new ways. “There is a seemingly endless supply of Christmas music to draw from,” she said. She likes pairing new material with things that she’s performed in the past that are still loved.
She hopes people will take a little time out of their busy December schedule to share a “little magic moment” with her and the others involved in this concert.
“It’s a time where you can forget your cares at the door and allow yourself to be surrounded by that sparkle I mentioned earlier,” she said. “I believe there is great power in kindness and good will, so I think it best to say that I hope to inspire ‘Belief in the power of love’.”
Tickets are $10 each, both presale and at the door the day of the show. Find out more about tickets at: www.iowatalentfactory.com or call the theater at 515-382-0085 to reserve tickets.