Chris Clark was a singer-songwriter who recorded for Motown in the late 1960s, notably as one of few white solo artists at the label.
Born in Los Angeles, Chris started singing with jazz musicians as a teenager. She was discovered by producer Hal Davis who arranged an audition with Berry Gordy. Signed to Motown’s V.I.P. label in 1965, she released a handful of singles (and recorded an awful lot more) but never had a major hit. Her race and sound (and not to mention her interracial romance with Berry Gordy) touched on some raw issues in America, but she was embraced on England’s Northern Soul scene. Best described as “Motown’s answer to Dusty Springfield”, she was a six-foot platinum blonde, blue-eyed soul singer who became known in England as “the White Negress” (meant as a compliment).
In 1969, Berry Gordy made her vice president of Motown’s new film division. She co-authored the screenplay for the film Lady Sings The Blues which got her an Academy Award nomination. Chris also photographed many Motown artists and became an executive at the company; she was in charge of Motown’s creative affairs from 1981 until 1989, when she left. She then recorded for the Motown revival label Motorcity Records, and one single, “From Head To Toe”, was released, in 1991. Chris remains active today.
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