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, Clay's musical roots run deep. A mother who played piano at home and a father who minored in music, Clay was singing from an early age, playing piano by age 6 and guitar by age 12. In high school, Clay joined a touring choir in Fredericksburg, VA with whom he traveled as far as New Orleans, Indianapolis, Maine and Florida. The performance itch had taken hold, and it wasn't long before Clay was playing wherever there was an opportunity, from pits bands for high school and college musicals to open-mic nights and eventually gigs as a solo act or with this trio "The Halcyon Society," an acoustic trio of guitar, bass and percussion with members including Keith McConnell, Daniel Ingram and Geordie Beddoe.
Forgoing the acoustic vibe for something more upbeat, Clay started the Clay Mottley Band in 1997 and never looked back. The two self-released albums (Stormy Words and Can't Be Wrong) 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."
Clay continues to write, record and perform, having released his 3rd studio album "Best of Days" in 2016.
He currently performs in the Virginia area, as well as tours nationally as a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist for rising country star Tony Jackson.