Tena Clark was born in Waynesboro, Mississippi, in 1953. She is a songwriter and music producer. She has written “I’ll Be Okay,” “You Deserve a Break Today,” “That’s The Beat of a Heart.”
She co-wrote a song with Patty LaBelle that was sung at memorial service for the Columbia astronauts at National Cathedral, music for NASA and Air Force One by her company Disc Marketing. She composed an original song for the Desperate Housewives soundtrack which was recorded by LeAnn Rimes. She also produced Dionne Warwick’s first holiday CD, “My Favorite Time of the Year” as well as “Church: Songs of Soul & Inspiration,” a dual music CD and CD-ROM box set featuring Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison along with top African-American female artists such as Patti LaBelle and Chaka Khan performing a collection of favorite R&B, pop, and gospel songs. Clark wrote and produced the single “Way Up There,” recorded by Patti LaBelle for the “Church” CD, which was nominated for a GRAMMY® Award.