Pearl Clarkin began performing at live music venues in her hometown of Pensacola Beach, Florida, at the young age of twelve. Clarkin has played at Nashville’s CMA Fest for the last five years and CMT, Big Machine Label Group, and Cumulus Media recently named her one of the top ten unsigned artists in the country.
As an acclaimed singer/songwriter with more than 1,200 live shows, Clarkin has performed at some of Nashville’s most famous venues for original music, such as The Bluebird Cafe and The Listening Room. She serves as an advocate for equality for women in country music and fronts the all-female band Rhinestone.
In 2019, her single “Girls of Summer” hit country radio and charted at 42 on Music Row’s Country Breakout Chart. Her highly anticipated “Girls of Summer” EP is set to be released in the summer of 2020.
How has Janis Joplin’s “Me And Bobby McGee” inspired your music career?
Bobby McGee was a song mom and I would sing together when I was very young. It was just a song we would sing when we were driving around. One day, on the way to daycare, Bobby McGee came on the radio. I asked mom who that was singing it and she said Janis Joplin. I asked her if Janis Joplin was her favorite radio singer and she said “I guess so.” I remember feeling very upset about this and I told her “No, mom…I am your favorite radio singer!!” She laughed and said “But Pearl, you are not on the radio!” and I thought to myself… but I will be.