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The first time Brandy Clark recorded an album, she didn’t have too many expectations. She self-funded the recording sessions for her 2013 debut, 12 Stories, and didn’t even have a label until tiny independent Slate Creek came along at the 11th hour.

Her literate, sometimes acerbic songs struck a chord in music circles, and it wasn’t long before her profile was on the rise. Warner Bros.’ home office in Burbank bought out her deal with Slate Creek, she earned a handful of Grammy nominations — including one for the all-genre best new artist award — and secured concert opening slots for the likes of Eric Church, Alan Jackson and Jennifer Nettles. She also snagged a Country Music Association trophy for song of the year as a co-writer of Kacey Musgraves’ impactful “Follow Your Arrow,” a title that has been plastered on the sides of Coca-Cola cans and bottles in a new “Share a Coke and Song” campaign.