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Motown Songwriter/Producer/Arranger Clay Drayton

Clay was a staff songwriter at Motown Records/Jobete Publishing for 7 years. While at Motown he worked closely with Producer Hal Davis. Clay wrote, arranged, produced and played on songs for Diana Ross, The Supremes, the Jackson 5, Jermaine Jackson, Janet Jackson, David Ruffin, Ta Ta Vega, G.C. Cameron, High Energy, Bette Midler, Billy Davis Jr. and others. He has earned gold & platinum records to his credits. Clay’s song “The Life of the Party” is included on the CD entitled “Michael Jackson’s 50 Best Songs.”.

Magazine Articles

I was honored to be featured in Thrust Magazine (as a Hit Maker) in May AND August

Amalgamation Magazine "How I created this Classic"
Tru Entertainment Magazine

Bass Player Magazine (The Bassists of Michael Jackson)

Ray Parker Jr. (Ghost Busters)
Smokey Robinson
MC Hammer
Jackie Jackson
Eric "Bloothtooth" Griggs (No Air - Jordan Sparks & Chris Brown)
Jesse Campbell ( from The Voice)
Leon Ware

Jermaine Jackson

It was good seeing Jermaine Jackson at NAMM. We hadn't seen each other since recording the Triumph album.

 

 

NAMM 2015

Paul, my friend & brother was in our wedding 35 yrs ago Paul Jackson Jr. - Smooth Jazz Guitarist
Jazz Sax icons Najee & Marion Meadows
Wayne Linsey - MD for Jay Leno Band
Darryl Finnessee - Vocalist for Dancing W/Stars
George Benson - R&B Guitar Legend
Wah-Wah Watson - Legendary Guitarist
I gave Romeo his first recording gig in LA Romeo Williams - Bassist for Elton John
Fabrizio Sotti - Italian Guitarist
James Gadson Drummer Extrordinare
Harvey Mason - Legendary Drummer

OTHER STUFF

My Son Thomas is the Music Director for Childish Gambino. He also played Bass on Michael jackson's last album.

PhatFoot Harness for Drum & Keyboard Pedals
8 Music Ministry at LA Mission
10 yrs Music ministry at CIM

In Memorium

Andrae Crouch

I had the priviledge of accompanying Gospel legend Andrae Crouch in Anaheim CA last year 2014. We will miss him and his anointed music.

 

Joe Sample

Joe created the incredible opening for Diana Ross' "Love Hangover" which I arranged. RIP Joe.

 

Frank Wilson

Motown songwriter & producer. We became brothers in Music and in the Ministry for over 40yrs.

Michael Jackson

My wife & I both were friends with the Jackson family since the 70's

Staff Writer 7 yrs

Writer for 3 yrs

Voting Member of the Grammys

Member 40 yrs

Member 40 yrs

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