What do you get when you mix purple hair, a soulful voice, and vibrant spirit? Our new music obsession, CLAY. Read on to find out where she finds inspiration, the album she's digging on this week, and what's next for her now that her career is about to jump off.
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Describe your music in 5 words or less.
Soulful. Nostalgic. Sensual. Honest. Love.
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Who were your biggest influences growing up?
Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Crosby, Still & Nash, Prince, Earth Wind & Fire, Michael Jackson, the list goes on and on... Soul, Pop, R&B, Funk, Jazz, all the goodies.
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What are you listening to this week?
I just saw Chance the Rapper in concert and I didn't know my love for him could grow but it honestly doubled. Bumping his album for sure.
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Where do you pull inspiration from?
Anywhere and everywhere. I try to never reject any creative energy or idea that wants to flow through me. I'm trying not to judge myself, others, or the universe for what comes before me, just letting everything unfold organically.
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How does fashion and music collide for you?
I think fashion is pure self expression. The ability to craft an outfit or a style that is so uniquely you is similar to creating a song or a style musically. Individuality !!!
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Do you have a creative process when writing a song?
Yes. I got rid of the formula !!! I have to know what the song is about, or at least the emotion feeding it. I speak outloud or write out the idea I'm trying to convey, describe, and then I sing it out, build a song around that.
Any advice for aspiring artists or musicians?
There are no rules, stay true to yourself because you have a voice and uniqueness that NO ONE ELSE ON THE PLANET has. That's special, that's important, never degrade or doubt yourself and your light.
What's next for you?
Well I just recently released another single (on 11/11) and I plan to release my EP on January 27th, "The Clay Project Part 1: When Night Falls"