You could say K.C. Clifford is having a good year. After shedding over 100 pounds on her own, the 3-time Woody Guthrie Award winning songstress is set to release her 4th album, titled “Orchid.”
On “Orchid,” K.C. brings together powerful vocals that call to mind music’s finest female singers (Patty Griffin, Karen Carpenter, Emmylou Harris, Over the Rhine’s Karin Bergquist), with songs worthy of the top tier of contemporary/roots singer-songwriters (Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin, Nanci Griffith) and the familiar feel of a new generation of smart-pop princesses (Ingrid Michaelson, Sara Bareilles).
The 10-song set is led by the first single, “Broken Things,” and includes the Oklahoma history-inspired “Redman,” the gospel-infused, “Voice of an Angel” and the moving epic, “Story of Our Own,” written for the upcoming documentary “Film Festival: Rwanda.” The album also features Austin’s BettySoo on background vocals throughout.
From a listener’s perspective, it’s clear this Oklahoma City native has shed more than pounds. “I used to hide behind my songs,” explains Clifford, “always toying with the truth, but never brave enough to lay it all out there. I was like that in life too, hiding behind my walls of flesh, socially invisible. Not anymore. The walls came crashing down and I am laid bare. There’s no hiding on ‘Orchid’.”
K.C. tours nationally full time, and looks forward to bringing this collection of songs to audiences in 2010.