Julianne Ankley & The Rogues
w/ Special Guest Stephen Clark
Friday, October 6, 2017
With six Detroit Music Awards to her name including Outstanding Country Songwriter for 2016, Julianne Ankley has cemented herself in the Detroit and Michigan music scenes as a major talent.
Julianne has been writing heartfelt songs and delivering electric performances, both solo and with her band The Rogues, for years. Her third solo Album “Don’t Let Go” was released in August 2015 at the Ark Theater in Ann Arbor, MI. Her sophomore album “Vivid” garnered the 2012 Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Country Recording and lead to the use of her song “Lead Footin’ In the Left Lane” nationally by WXYZ (ABC) for the 2015 annual Woodward Dream Cruise televised special. From her debut solo album “No Place For a Lullabye” was used by HomeAid of America for years in their PSA campaign to raise funds for housing the homeless.
2016 has had Julianne writing with Platinum hit songwriters, Gary Hannan, and Dave Gibson and touring in England and France, and nationally in the U.S. She has also been writing with Michigan Emmy winning songwriter, Michelle Chenard, and will be touring nationally as Ankley and Chenard. Julianne continues to perform with her top notch band, the Rogues as well. (See the “shows” page for upcoming events!)
She has also been the celebrity host and performer for the Hard Rock Cafe stages in Nashville during the CMA Fest for several years, and continues to perform at Nashville’s top songwriting venues such as the world-famous Bluebird Cafe, the Listening Room, Douglas Corner Cafe, Tootsie’s, and more.
Stephen Clark is a journalist…a storyteller. Sometimes he uses a camera; sometimes it’s a guitar. Either way Stephen’s passion is to tell a good story well. He brings that same journalist’s sense of story to the songs he writes. The adventures of people caught in the middle of life. Sometimes we win, sometimes we lose. Sometimes we laugh, sometimes we cry. But through it all we’re human.
Stephen’s musical life started long before his television career. A self confessed “band nerd” he survived high school by hunkering down in the band room learning to play every instrument he could get his hands on. It got him into a competitive music program at the University of Northern Colorado.
But, always a sucker for shiny things, the flashing lights and dials of the college radio and TV stations eventually lured Stephen into the journalism program. Thus began his parallel journalistic journey. Writing TV stories at night and songs later at night. The stories share a DNA but while his TV stories must always be true and accurate, his songs need only be true.
He draws his stories and the characters in them from a life on the road as an Air Force “brat” (seven or eight moves before 8th grade), from the people he’s met during his TV career (another seven or eight cities) and from his family and friends.
He has a keen eye for detail, a feel for emotion and a sharp sense of humor and brings it all to bear in the songs he writes.
Stephen splits his time between Detroit and Nashville, where he and his wife own an historic loft two blocks from the legendary Ryman Theater.