(Beenie Man, Gentleman, Aloe Blacc, Michael Patrick Kelly)
A dedicated family man, classically trained on piano, self-taught on drums and guitar, Kingston, Jamaica born artist Claye is well ahead of the curve in utilising his broad ranging talents to define not just his own sound and spirit, but to help others find theirs too; Claye’s musical collaborators are no less his family than his flesh & blood. His musical journey began in his home country writing and producing reggae tracks of surprising accomplishment when he was barely into his teens. Never one to be pigeonholed however, his sound and exploration did not stop there: expertly synthesising delicate strains of his wide ranging influences, from Timbaland and The Neptunes to Teddy Riley and Hans Zimmer, Claye soon became a hugely in-demand producer.
He has shared his wealth of musical talent & gift for earworming melody wherever he has travelled and has helped to sculpt tracks for artists as influential and diverse as Beenie Man, Vybz Kartel, Busy Signal, Ky-Mani Marley, Chipmunk, Gentleman & Aloe Blacc and Michael Patrick Kelly. The latter’s iD album earning Claye Platinum status in Germany for producing and co-writing lead single “iD” and album cut “Awake.” As well as helping attain platinum status with Kelly Claye also contributed key cut Hold My Hand to worldwide reggae sensation Sean Paul’s Grammy nominated Imperial Blaze album, the track also featuring Timbaland’s protege Keri Hilson on vocals.