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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.”.

The Secret’s Finally out!

Motown Songwriter/Producer/Arranger Clay Drayton

presents the highly anticipated       

“7 Secrets to Hit Songwriting” course.

Receive hours of step by step

online video instruction

 

Learn Secrets that made MOTOWN Great

 How to create catchy Hooks

Write Memorable melodies

 Create great verses and much More! 

        OVER 2000 SONGWRITERS IN 100 COUNTRIES              are taking the 7 Secrets course

 

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EVERYONE WHO TAKES MY COURSE HAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO SUBMIT THEIR SONGS FOR PROJECTS ...

 

 

 

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 MD for Childish Gambino.  Nick Carter, Crystal Lewis and He also played Bass on Michael jackson's last album.

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

In Memorium

Romeo Williams

I remember back In the late 60's  Romeo asked me to teach him how to play the Bass. In the 70's he followed me to Cali. I gave him his first gigs at Motown doing demo sessions for me. I introduced him to the Hollywood music scene.  He became one of the greatest Bassists of our time. Everyone who's ever met & played with Romeo loved him.
We will miss him.

Leon Ware

Leon came out to share with my Songwriting class in Los Angeles.

 

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

 

Clay is currently producing Jazz singer/author Yiwen Li.

She is making herself known in the Los Angeles area singing in various clubs and venues.

NAMM Show 2017

'Mad Men': Diana Ross' 'Love Hangover' Scores New Teaser

I am honored to have worked as the Music Arranger of the Motown Classic "Love Hangover" It has been chosen as the music for the teaser of the new season of Mad Men.

UPCOMING EVENTS...  Sunday May 17th

Staff Writer 7 yrs

Writer for 3 yrs

Voting Member of the Grammys

Member 40 yrs

Member 40 yrs

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