Clay MottleyMar 18, 2016 | 1 comment
Whether a full band with horn section, a backyard three-piece band or a coffee-house environment, what makes Clay Mottley stand out are the songs themselves. While they sound both contemporary and accessible, they just as easily fit in a playlist of singer/songwriter era of Jackson Browne and James Taylor.
Born and raised in Virginia and living now in Richmond, Clay’s musical roots run deep from touring choirs and pit band in high school and college musicals to open-mic nights and local and regional concerts. The two albums released under Clay Mottley Band each garnered glowing reviews in Billboard, citing Clay as a “clever, catchy and ever-inventive songwriter who delivers originals that sparkle like sunlight on gemstones” and as having “a master craftsman’s touch for melody and words that are unfailingly substantive and intriguing.”
“Music is as much about the song itself as it is the performance. I think the song has to be strong on all three levels: the melody, the rhythms and chord structure and lyrics that people can related to and connect to some shared experience.”