When it comes to songwriting, Brandy Clark is a seasoned pro. “I was about nine when I took my first whack at it,” she told G&G on our Whole Hog podcast. The forty-four-year-old has come a long way since then. Along with racking up a host of writing credits on songs like Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart” and Kacey Musgraves’s classic “Follow Your Arrow,” the Nashville-based singer-songwriter has put out three full-length albums of her own, earned six Grammy nominations, won a CMA award, and solidified a reputation for smart, playful lyrics that pack an emotional punch.
Her just-released new album, Your Life Is a Record, finds the Washington state native articulating the many phases of love gone wrong, with poetic meditations on heartbreak (“I’ll Be the Sad Song”), fiery kiss-off anthems (“Long Walk”), and an up-tempo post-mortem on a lost relationship (“Who Broke Whose Heart”).
Stream the album’s excellent lead single, “Who You Thought I Was,” below. It’s a freewheeling number that speaks to the good that can come from a breakup—namely, the part that makes each individual strive to be better.