Notable Grad: Annie Clark (a.k.a. St. Vincent) Lake Highlands High School, class of 2001

Annie Clark (a.k.a. St. Vincent) Lake Highlands High School, class of 2001
Annie Clark (a.k.a. St. Vincent)

From her attire to her chord progressions, everything Annie Clark touches is stylized. She took on the moniker St. Vincent when she launched her music career and never looked back. Although she did come back to Lake Highlands in 2015 to serve tacos briefly when sister Amy Clark Savoie first opened Resident Taqueria at the corner of Audelia and Walnut Hill. Clark released her fifth album, “Masseduction,” in October to critical raves. “It’s bright melancholy and it’s a lot of sorrow, but sorrow you can jam to,” she told NPR.

Three things to know

1. All of St. Vincent’s work has been critically praised, but her self-titled fourth record was the talk of the town, named album of the year by Entertainment Weekly, Slant Magazine and The Guardian, and earning her a Grammy in 2014. She was the first solo female artist to win the Best Alternative
Album award in more than 20 years.

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2. Her struggle with mental health is a constant theme in her music. Her new song “Pills” highlights her search for the right drug to settle her overactive mind. “I didn’t have coping mechanisms for tremendous anxiety and depression. I was trying to get through pharmaceutically,” she told The New Yorker in August.

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3. She stood in for Kurt Cobain in 2014, performing lead vocals and guitar on “Lithium” with the remaining members of Nirvana at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

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