Terri Clark Joined By Ashley McBryde, Cody Johnson & More On Forthcoming Greatest Hits Collection

The entire project will be available May 31.

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Madeleine O’Connell

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April 3, 2024

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Terri Clark; Photo by Phil Crozier, Ashley McBryde; Photo by Katie Kauss, Cody Johnson; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Terri Clark has teamed up with a slew of her fellow country stars to reimagine eight of her greatest hits on a brand-new collection titled, Terri Clark: Take Two. The full-length duets album will be released on Friday, May 31 via Mercury Nashville/UMG.

Each of the eight tracks set to appear on the project made a lasting impact on Clark’s career as the tunes reached Top 10 status on the Country charts at the time of their release. Now, the musical icon will celebrate her successful career by giving these songs a whole new life, with added vocals by artists including Lauren Alaina, Paul Brandt, Kelly Clarkson, Cody Johnson, Ashley McBryde, Carly Pearce, Ben Rector and Lainey Wilson

“The overwhelming feelings of nostalgia this project has brought up for me all came while standing beside some of the greatest acts in the business,” Clark shared via press release. “Hearing them sing these songs that I’ve been singing night after night for so many years has been inspiring, humbling and surreal.”

Terri Clark; Terri Clark:Take Two
Terri Clark; Terri Clark:Take Two

She went on to say that making this album not only gave her the chance to turn back the clock and remember some of the greatest highlights of her career, but it also allowed her to understand just how much her music has impacted the artists around her. 

“The bonuses were the conversations in between recordings and getting to hear them tell me they grew up listening to my music with posters of me on their walls. They knew my songs even better than I did….it was a full-circle moment I’ll never forget,” she added. 

“Terri Clark: Take Two” Track List:

1.“I Just Wanna Be Mad” (featuring Cody Johnson)

2. “Poor Poor Pitiful Me” (featuring Lainey Wilson)

3. “Better Things to Do” (featuring Ashley McBryde)

4. “Now That I Found You” (featuring Ben Rector)

5. “I Wanna Do It All” (featuring Lauren Alaina)

6. “If I Were You” (featuring Kelly Clarkson)

7. “Girls Lie Too” (featuring Carly Pearce)

8. “You’re Easy On the Eyes (live)” (featuring Paul Brandt)

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First Duet Featuring Ashley McBryde Out Now

The CMA Award winner unleashed the first glimpse of the project on Friday (March 29) with “Better Things to Do” (featuring Ashley McBryde). This song is responsible for launching Clark’s career in 1995 when it appeared as the lead single on her RIAA-certified Platinum debut album, Terri Clark, and went on to reach No. 3 at Country radio.

At the time of the song’s release, McBryde was just at the start of her teenage years and looking to Clark as a role model. Now, because of their work on this song, the two artists have become good friends and are able to share an even deeper admiration for each other.

While diving into the song and her duet partner in a new YouTube video, Clark said, “I feel like Ashley really dances to the beat of her own drummer. She’s unapologetically who she is and she’s not trying to fit any kind of mold or put herself in any kind of box. I really admire that about her. And the fact that she just rocks, she gets up and rocks with that guitar, writes her songs, just a true artist.”

“She told me a long time ago, when I first met her, and also has said in various situations where she’s being interviewed, that she was kind of looking to a role model who was somebody who wasn’t cookie cutter or like everybody else, and she looked to me as somebody that she felt she could relate to, and that means the world to me,” Clark added.

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McBryde Looked To Clark As A Role Model

The fresh new version of “Better Things To Do” highlights McBryde and Clark’s powerhouse vocals and raises the bar with a completely new production, making for an epic modern-day honky-tonk anthem with that same nostalgic flair that the original boasts. Together, they deliver an empowering message about moving on after a breakup and never looking back. 

“We put a new spin on it, but we didn’t necessarily reinvent the wheel with this because ‘Better Things To Do’ is feisty and it’s got that attitude. So we just wanted to rock with it,” she shared. “The arrangements are a tad different, but people aren’t going to be offended by, ‘Oh my God, they changed it too much.’ You’re definitely going to know what song you’re listening to. And I’m so honored that Ashley came in and did this as a duet with me.”

Celebrating Decades Of Hard Work

Terri Clark: Take Two marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter for Terri Clark, as she embarks on a journey to rediscover her chart-topping discography and showcase her contributions to the genre over nearly three decades. At just 18 years old, she began her career in Nashville and years of hard work eventually led her to becoming globally recognized for her profound talent as a singer/songwriter and guitar player. After her self-titled debut album of 1995 spawned three Top 10 Country hits and achieved platinum status, the Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada native went on to sell over five million albums and release thirteen Top 10 singles. 

“These songs very literally changed my life,” shares Clark. “To now have the chance to say thank you by giving them a new life with some of the hottest artists in music has been one of the most soul-fulfilling experiences of my career.  We began working on these duet versions over a year ago and the time has come when I finally get to share them with all of you.”

Terri Clark has captivated sold-out audiences across many stages throughout her career, and she has also joined many country legends on the road like George Strait, Toby Keith, Brooks & Dunn, Brad Paisley, and Reba McEntire. In 2024, she’s gearing up for yet another full year of touring across the U.S. and Canada.

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.