Songwriter - Musician - Singer
 
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CLAY MOTTLEY

 
 
 
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Best of Days

 

Best of Days (2016)

The 4th studio album of original music by Clay Mottley, Best of Days contains a winding journey through the ups and downs of life; from moments of regret to joyful bliss to heartbreak and love of one's child. The album's title track offers hope of living life to the fullest.  "Brother" shines a soulful apology from young wanderer who realizes pain he may have caused.  Other notable songs include cycle of a family in "The Giver," a beautiful lullaby in "Little Child of Mine," a perfect wedding love song in "A Hundred Years," and a somber cello moves through "Sophie Speaks."

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We should all look back to one day say ‘These are the best of day.’
— Clay Mottley, Best of Days
 
 

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 plays bass, piano and guitar for Tony Jackson.

 
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Clay writes stories we've all experienced in an unique, but accessible style, similar to John Mayer and James Taylor.

PRESS

Billboard, February 24, 2001
"This mid-Atlantic indie act dispels any hint of a sophomore jinx with this superlative follow-up to its 1999 debut.  After a few spins through "Can't Be Wrong," one can't help but describe this group as as distinct match for Dave Matthews Band.  Mottley is a cleaver, catchy and ever-inventive songwriter who deliver originals that sparkle like sunlight on gemstones.  Mottley's warm pleasing voice - and his deft touch on such diverse instruments as acoustic guitar, accordion, and Hammond B-3 - is seamlessly merged with a tight , well-balanced three-man band.  Mottley and company lend a self-assured, ready-for-prime-time flair to "Can't Be Wrong."  Gentle balladry ("Nothing on You") brushes shoulders with literate, acoustic driven rock ("Hymn For Saturdays") and tender introspection ("In My Town"). Major label A&R execs take note: These follows are ready."

Billboard, January 15, 2000
"Hooky modern-rock foursome delivers a self-produced indie debut that should reverberate well beyond the act's mid-Atlantic base.  Leader Mottley, who wrote the album's nine selections, has a strong, warm rock tenor voice and a master craftsman's touch for melody and words that are unfailingly substantive and intriguing.  Acoustic and electric guitars, fluid percussion, and bass are perfectly colored with mandolins here, a sax there, and seamless vocals throughout.  The band proudly shows such a multitude of influences (latter-day Doobies sophistication, America-with-guts, Fogelberg/Weisberg jazzy/pop) that it can rightly lay claim to a sound uniquely its own.  Though there's not a weak moment here, "What I Call Life" is one of several cuts that simply beg for AC and top 40 airplay and portend great things to come."

Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg, VA - October 22, 2015
"Clay Mottley is proving that there are second acts in American lives, and in American music."  READ MORE

BIO

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."

 

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