Jeremiah Clark Embraces Role as Traveling Musician

Makes his first desert stop at Purple Room



Jeremiah Clark, who will perform July 26 at the Purple Room in Palm Springs, characterizes his music as "Americana- a mixture of many genres."

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There are all sorts of transportation modes for hopping from city to city, state to state, and even across the country.

Life on the road can be a challenge, but singer Jeremiah Clark embraces the lifestyle especially by train.

“I do love the train,” he says. “It’s very comfortable. It’s a good way to meet people but you can also work. It’s easy. I can bring my guitar. I’m also a huge nature person, so you really get to see places from the train that you really don’t get to see by car.”

Clark will make his first trip to the desert to play July 26 at the Purple Room.

“I’m excited and I’ve planned a great show with jokes,” he says. “I’ll talk about my family and travels. We’ll do some storytelling and have a good time.”

Inviting scenery is important to Clark. Since leaving his hometown of Memphis to pursue his singing career, he has sought what he says is “a progressive place with the convenience of living in a city with opportunities for music, with accessible nature.”

He spent seven years in Pittsburg enjoying the antiques, architecture, bridges, and flowing water prior to settling in his current location, Portland, where he explains, “the city meets nature, a mountain range is part of the city, and the coast is only an hour away.” 

An openly gay artist, Clark also found himself seeking places that were more accepting than his experiences growing up in the South. And while he says he misses his family and friends, he enjoys a more progressive and liberal environment.

“I’m an artist that happens to be gay and my experiences help me be more accepting of people who are different from me,” he says. “I share some of these details of my life in my music. But I’m very blessed with an extremely supportive family.”

Clark’s music speaks to acceptance, love, relationships, equality and even “drinkin’ songs”.  He characterizes his style as “Americana- a mixture of many genres including music that spans the landscape of America. Folksy, rock, bluesy, blue grass, gospel, but I’m leaning toward country as a solo artist.”

He adds, “I enjoy writing and performing an intimate piece with emotion and sincerity. I like to sing with conviction and about things close to my heart. It’s important for me to perform songs people connect with, evoke feeling, and impact people’s lives. For me, the greatest gift that I can possess and give back is to communicate, inspire and try to give a voice to people that may not be able to express how they feel.”

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