Austin Clark is a multi-talented instrumentalist based out of Nashville, Tennessee. He began playing the steel guitar (dobro) at the age of six and now plays various other instruments including the Pedal Steel, Lap Steel, Banjo and Keyboard. Austin has toured with Country Music’s Top Selling Female Artist, Shania Twain, and has played/recorded with world renowned artists such as Tim McGraw, She Daisy, Carrie Underwood, Bon Jovi, Ashley Monroe and OneRepublic.
Austin’s history is nothing short of wild and interesting, as he grew up as one of 11 children born to a traveling Pentecostal preacher. Throughout his childhood, Austin and his brothers were expected to perform as part of their father’s services and they would find themselves at an ever-rotating array of churches, tent revivals, and festivals across the South.
At the age of 14, Austin took off with his five older brothers (Alan, Aaron, Adam, Ashley & Andrew) to Nashville, where they were signed to Curb Records in 2000. The boys became The Clark Family Experience and served as an opening act for several country musicians, including Tim McGraw, who later co-produced The Clark Family Experience's self-titled debut album in 2000. “Meanwhile Back at the Ranch” was their first of four chart singles.
In 2007, Austin partnered with two of his older brothers (Ashley and Adam) and auditioned for “The Next Great American Band” as The Clark Brothers. The brothers competed against over 10,000 bands, ultimately winning the series and taking home the title as “The Next Great American Band” in 2007.
By 2009, the trio changed their band name to The Sons of Sylvia and appeared on Carrie Underwood’s third album, Play On, performing “What Can I Say”. Sons of Sylvia went on to join Carrie on her 2010 Play On tour and performed their debut single, “Love Left to Lose” co-wrote and produced by their cousin Ryan Tedder, lead singer for OneRepublic. Sons of Sylvia later released their debut album, Revelation, in April 2010.