Music can be a powerful tool when placed in the hands of an artist. It can render the most robustious of crowds completely silent and command the quiet to sing. It can raise the smallest of uprisings to massive revolutions. Music changes hearts, minds, and souls every day. Music speaks to people when words can no longer express the emotions we feel. When Clay Whittington takes his seat behind a piano, emotions take hold and the music speaks volumes to all within reach of it’s grasp.
Clay’s story began in Kinston, North Carolina in the winter of 1987. Born to a middle-class family, he began his life with early exposure to many genres of music. His mother introduced him to country music while his father exposed him to classic rock. When with his grandmother, it was always classical and show tunes on the turntable. With his grandfather, Clay heard the music of Bing Crosby, Bobby Darin and Frank Sinatra. He began music lessons at age 8 with piano and continued from there with guitar, trombone, baritone, mandolin, and the organ.
Clay’s specialty is in religious music. He spends his weekend logging hundreds of miles around eastern North Carolina serving as Choir Director at Camp Ground United Methodist Church in Fayetteville and as Organist for Temple B’nai Sholem in New Bern.