Songwriter Celebrates Life in the Wake of Unexpected Tragedy

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After losing her mother to diabetes, singer/songwriter Tina E. Clark penned a smooth jazz EP to honor her memory, with proceeds benefiting the American Diabetes Association.

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Says Clark, “I saw my mother suffer excruciating pain before passing away from diabetes-related complications. I don’t believe that she had to die of this disease had it been caught through early testing and managed by proper exercise and nutrition.”

Her family called her Nikki, but everyone else knew her as Ms. Ruth. She was a proud woman, hard-working, and never afraid to speak her mind. But, some things she kept to herself—like her diabetes.

“Her health was declining very rapidly, and she didn’t even tell us she was so ill,” singer/songwriter and music producer Tina E. Clark says of her mother. “By the time we found out, it was too late.”
Within a few short months, Ms. Ruth died from complications related to diabetes at age 61. Still grieving her loss, Tina made the pilgrimage to her mother’s grave—but placing flowers by her tombstone felt like an empty gesture. Reflecting on her mother’s legacy, she realized the best way to honor her mom was to celebrate her life.

Nikki Ruth, Clark’s new smooth jazz EP, is a creative and triumphant musical tribute to the woman whom Clark calls her best friend. From “Cold Duck,” named for her mother’s favorite sparkling wine, to “Nikki’s Swag,” which expresses in music the rhythm of her walk, each track reflects a different side of Ms. Ruth’s personality.

“It’s like telling the story of her life with music, something that could be passed on from generation to generation,” Clark says.

“Pearl,” the first single off the new EP, is an instrumental smooth jazz number featuring a playful melody against a beautifully orchestrated backdrop. The single showcases Clark’s ability as a producer and songwriter and quickly hit the #1 spot on the Jazz Download Chart on allaboutjazz.com. Clark is contributing 10 percent of net online sales from “Pearl” to the American Diabetes Association’s Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes.

Says Clark, “I saw my mother suffer excruciating pain before passing away from diabetes-related complications. I don’t believe that she had to die of this disease had it been caught through early testing and managed by proper exercise and nutrition.”

Diabetes affects 23.6 million Americans and is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control. Contributions to the Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes 5K fun walk and health expo will help fund ADA research programs and advocacy efforts. The walk will be held on October 30, 2010, at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, TX.

For more information about the new album, visit http://www.tinaeclark.com. The smooth jazz single “Pearl” is also available for download in the Apple iTunes store. To register for Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes, visit http://www.diabetes.org/stepout.

About Tina E. Clark
A multi-talented singer, songwriter and producer, Tina E. Clark grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana. Her songwriting career started in the basement of a church, since she didn’t own a piano and her parents could not afford to give her music lessons. She went on to learn other instruments through summer music programs, and was a worship leader at her church for several years before embarking on her professional career. She currently resides in Dallas, Texas, and focuses her energy writing songs with a positive message.

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Tina E. Clark
Ph: (214) 797-8338
info(at)tinaeclark(dot)com
http://www.tinaeclark.com

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