Claye is a brilliant artist, songwriter and producer. As well as being a classically-trained pianist, he taught himself to play the drums and the guitar, has an incredible ear for music and can come up with amazing song concepts in the blink of an eye. His boundaries and genres know no limits. This was co-signed by Roc Nation in 2010 who signed Claye as a songwriter/producer.
Respected by his peers, fellow artists and producers, it is easy to title him a super talent. Born Clayton Morrison in Kingston, Jamaica, Claye now lives in the UK. When asked why the name Claye, he explained,
“Claye is who I am. My name is Clayton but I am known to most people as Claye. I like it because a potter sculpts clay into something beautiful and creative, and since I make music, moulding sounds into a beautiful song, Claye works well and I can still remain true to myself.”
Claye started out making reggae tracks when he was a teenager still living in Jamaica, but didn’t stop at the genre as he was heavily into the sound of The Neptunes, Teddy Riley and Timbaland. Claye’s sound was influenced by those powerhouse producers but through constant experimentation, he has developed his own unique sound. This sound can be heard on Sean Paul’s “Hold My Hand” (featuring Keri Hilson) from his Grammy-nominated album Imperial Blaze, ‘Pray for Me’ on Chipmunk’s Transition album, Gentleman’s ‘Ovaload’ featuring Sean Paul and ‘Imperfection’ featuring Aloe Blacc, Michael Patrick Kelly’s ‘I.D’ & ‘Awake’ and many more.
Claye’s music can also be heard in ‘Kim and Khloe take Miami’, ‘The Wanted Life’ and other shows on MTV and E! (USA) as well as the Channel 4 documentary ‘Into the Big Wide World’.
Claye is still stamping his mark on projects, which can be heard on his own reggae EP/albums ‘1st Chapter’, ‘Art & Soul’ and ‘Perceptions’ as well as the ‘Conversations’ album by Gentleman and Kymani Marley.
His goal is to continue to make great music and he aspires to be an icon within the industry. The personal side of Claye is no different from his music; He enjoys spending time with his family and is as passionate about his personal and family life as he is with his music.
“My family are my everything. I work as hard as I do to ensure my family are provided for. Everything is good in moderation, life is about balance and I always strive for greatness. That way, the least I’ll end up with is the best.”
Grammy Nominated Songwriter/Artist and Producer Claye (Legacy Roc Nation)
Sean Paul - Imperial Blaze
Gentleman feat. Sean Paul - Ovaload
Gentleman feat. Aloe Blacc - Imperfection
Michael Patrick Kelly - iD, Awake
Busy Signal - D.O.B
Gentleman and Kymani Marley - Conversations
Munehiro - NEO
Daville - Ichiban
Voicemail - Jump Off
T.O.K - Our World
Bad Girls Club
Into The Big Wide World (Channel 4 UK)
The Wanted Life (E!)
The Real World Road Rules Challenge (MTV)
Bad Girls All Star Battle (Oxygen)