COSTA MESA — For the second year in a row, Costa Mesa vocalist Stacy Clark has taken home the prize for Best Pop Artist at the Orange County Music Awards.
Clark, who thinks of herself as more folk than pop, was surprised by being recognized again during Saturday's ceremony for the 2011 O.C. Music Awards at the Grove of Anaheim.
"It's unexpected, honestly," she said. "I know I have pop songs, but I always come from an indie rock background, so it's really almost ironic to win a pop award. It's very flattering and very fun."
Originally from Grand Island, an upstate New York town near Buffalo, Clark taught herself guitar and hit up open mic nights at coffee shops at the age of 15. She also interned at a local record company.
To support herself between gigs, Clark did what every musician does: She took a day job. Clark thought back to one of her prior employers, an advertising firm, where she had to sell $80,000 to $100,000 worth of paper a month.