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Ain’t Dead Yet by Portia Clark – Video Premiere

9 March 2022 | 4:20 pm | Mallory Arbour

'Ain't Dead Yet' is about celebrating life and finding the positive in our world. Sometimes it’s hard, but if we band together, we really can celebrate together.

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After the success of the ballad Ready To Fall with Darius Rucker, Zambian-born country-soul artist Portia Clark has released her new single, Ain’t Dead Yet

Written by Jordan Reynolds and Emily Weisband in Nashville, we have your first look at the accompanying feel-good music video in this exclusive premiere! 

Portia says, “Recording Ain’t Dead Yet was easily the most relaxed time I have had in a studio and was super fun to record. Ain't Dead Yet is about celebrating life and finding the positive in our world. Sometimes it’s hard, but if we band together, we really can celebrate together.”

Portia grew up in Lusaka, the capital and largest city of Zambia where a child is born every 47 seconds, someone dies every four minutes, the median age is 17 and life expectancy just 53. After spending most of her youth homeless – before her family moved into a 16 square feet concrete shanty without power or running water – she found sanctuary singing at church, where she was quickly extended the invitation to join its prominent praise and worship team.

After giving birth to a daughter at age seventeen to an abusive partner, she landed a job as a grocery bagger. As chance would have it, the supermarket held an annual national singing competition. Portia made the grade through the various levels of the contest and was named ‘Top Female Vocalist.’ The only female to win, Portia was flown to Cape Town South Africa to perform in the 2011 “Top Stars” finals.

Now disparaged by her community and ostracized by her church for being an unwed mother, she was determined to find an alternate creative outlet. She worked at the supermarket during the day and sang with a boy band that held a residency at a local bar in Zambia.

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Weeks later, Portia met Brendan Clark, an Australian entrepreneur and impassioned philanthropist who hired her to sing at a charity event at one of Zambia’s most exclusive hotels, with diplomats and the First Lady of Zambia in attendance. The two later married, and Brendan went on to produce her first single titled Hope

Through various new relations, Portia was introduced to American philanthropist Tani Austin, co-founder of Starkey Hearing Foundation, who invited Portia to perform at the organization’s annual charity gala held for the benefit of the hearing impaired. 

Transported in private planes and limos, adorned in gowns, attending galas and celebrity gatherings, and appearing in the media and on various stages throughout Australia and the states, doors of opportunity opened, and friendships flourished from that moment on. She later performed at the Domain Stadium to over 43,000 football fans, as part of the Fremantle Dockers half-time show.

After a chance meeting at a charitable event, Portia worked with Rucker on three solo songs as well as Ready To Fall. The song is part of Chapters Of My Soul, the album features emotional and true-to-life tunes and reflects her spirit and journey.

Watch the video below!

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