Lydia’s cool and unique style began at the age of five as she began her twelve years of private study in piano, organ, flute and voice, playing in symphonic, dance and marching bands through high school, and three years at the Santa Fe Conservatory of Music under the direction of Mark L. Davis. Beginning her professional career at the age of 15, she has performed in rock, jazz, country, blues, Dixieland, gospel bands and musicals.
Her performances and recording career include the following artists: Lady, The Funktion, JB & the Nightflyers, TNT, Gangbusters, Chris Calloway & the Fly de High Orchestra, The Strange Tones, Bethleham & Eggs, Sweet Sister, Phil Brown & The Apaches from Paris, Soul Deacons, Hillary Smith & the Groove Tribe, Soul Static, USO tours, Lydia Clark and The Gospel Ryders, and Soul Evolution. She has directed bell choir, youth choir, served for four years as an accompanist and vocal coach for the National Dance Institute of New Mexico, Music Director for the Broadway Theatre Dance Workshop at the School for Performing Arts in Santa Fe, a composer for the Santa Fe Opera school program (writing four childrens’ operas in 2009 and two in 2010), accompanist with the Santa Fe Public Schools, and is currently adjunct faculty at Santa Fe Community College in the Music Department and the Music Director at the Santa Fe Center for Spiritual Living, and teaches piano and voice privately.
She has also participated and coordinated several benefits including “Outside/In”, Esperanza, concert for WWOZ public radio station in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, Toys for Tots, and the “Heart of Santa Fe” CD project benefiting Warehouse 21 (teen project in Santa Fe, NM). This CD took Best Local CD in 2010.
She is a BMI recording artist and has several albums and singles and working on three projects to be released later in 2015. All music is available at www.cdbaby.com, iTunes, Amazon and more. She worked with children’s book author Kathy Walsh in 2014 to release 4 songs for 4 books of the same names: “Gratitude”, “Life is a Rainbow”, “Love is the Moon, the Sun and the Stars”, and “The Bright Blue Balloon”. Please see http://joyohboy.com/ for more information. Ms. Clark received the New Mexico Music Award for “Best Gospel” in 2011 and “Best Children’s Music” in 2012.
She is frequently found at home in her studio writing and singing music, or out in the garden with her dogs, cat and really big fish (who also try to sing!).