“Now That I Found You”
Written by Paul Begaud, Vanessa Corish, and J.D. Martin
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
July 17, 1998
A Canadian superstar tops the U.S. chart for the first time.
The Road to No. 1
Born in Montreal, Quebec and raised in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Terri Clark is the third generation of a musical family. Her grandparents were country musicians and her mother was popular on the Canadian folk scene. Clark gravitated toward country music at an early age. Inspired by the new traditionalist sounds of the Judds and Reba McEntire, Clark moved to Nashville after graduating high school. Soon, she was a popular draw in downtown Nashville, becoming a regular at the famous Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge. She found an early champion in Keith Steagall, and when he became an executive at Mercury Records, he signed her to the label.
Initially pitched as the first female hat act, Clark’s success was immediate. Her self-titled debut album produced the top five hits “Better Things to Do” and “When Boy Meets Girl,” as well as the top ten hit “If I Were You.” The album went platinum, as did its follow-up, Just the Same. That set featured her signature cover of Linda Ronstadt’s “Poor, Poor Pitiful Me,” which went top five, as well as the top ten hit “Emotional Girl.”
Her third album, How I Feel, demonstrated tremendous artistic growth, and the first two singles from the project became her first No. 1 hits in America.
The No. 1
Terri Clark does rave ups so damn well that it’s easy to forget that she’s also an extraordinary balladeer.
“Now That I Found You” has a line in the chorus that instructs her entire performance: “You hold me like a prayer.” She holds the lyric the same way, delivering it with a quiet tenderness that heightens its emotional impact.
This is such an intimate record, with every production and performance choice reinforcing that intimacy. It’s meant to be a private conversation between two lovers, and it feels so much like that it’s almost like the listener is eavesdropping, bearing witness to something that is really just between her and her partner.
How wonderful that her first stateside chart-topper was such a successful departure from her rockin’ cowgirl persona, revealing depths to her artistry that had only been hinted at before.
The Road From No. 1
Her next single will close out 1998 on the Billboard chart and spill over to 1999, the final year of this feature.
“Now That I Found You” gets an A.
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