JAKE CLAYTON is a Multi-Instrumentalist and Vocalist with an exceptional musical talent. Although considering fiddle to be his primary instrument, Jake also plays guitar, piano, dobro, banjo, mandolin, lap steel, pedal steel, bass, and more! In total JAKE plays 27 different instruments, which also includes a list of orchestral instruments such as the viola, cello, and stand-up bass.
Jake Clayton has been making big splashes in Country Music over the past 8 years as a 'utility musician' and back-up vocalist touring with multiple Recording Artists. With those Artists, he’s toured on 3 major tours (Brad Paisley's 2009 & 2011 tours & Gary Allan's 2012 Country Throwdown Tour), he’s performed at The Grand Ole Opry over 30 times, he's appeared in two Top20 Country Music videos and on various shows on GAC, CMT, RFDTV, and more. Jake has also had the high honor of playing music with Taoist monks in their monastery at Mt. Laoshan, China along with an appearance on national television in Qingdao & Jinan, China.
Jake Clayton can currently be seen on the road with Sunny Sweeney, or on various television networks playing for Joey & Rory in their newly released “Inspired” DVD & TV Special. Jake can also be heard on the radio playing on Thompson Square’s #1 single, ‘If I Didn’t Have You’. If you watch The Sportsman Channel, you'll hear Jake's performance of the theme song for "Legacy Trails TV".
On top of all of this, Jake has started a career as an Artist. With the release of his debut instrumental CD, Barnyard Stomp, in 2011, Jake showcased his abilities as a musician that can play over 20 instruments. On the album Jake played every instrument except for drums and 2 guest guitar spots! Music from the Barnyard Stomp album has been used on various shows on The Sportsman Channel, and his debut video was featured on CMT.com and various other video outlets. In December 2013, Jake released a 6 song EP titled, “Snow Is On The Ground”. The ep features 5 original songs and 1 traditional song dedicated to the Winter Holiday months. The EP was also Jake’s vocal debut as 3 of the original songs feature Jake on lead and backing vocals. Jake also played all of the instruments on the EP release except for the full kit drums. Now, Jake Clayton has a new release: a 10 song album of mostly alt-Country music that mixes hard rockin’ twangy guitars, energetic drumming, and an array of Jake's Instruments all topped off with Jake’s precision vocal approach and 3-part harmonies. The result is a unique, modern mix of old school and contemporary Country Music with dashes of melodic hooks, a pinch of rock attitude, a touch of bluegrass, and a hint of metal. And, again, Jake played most all instruments on this release, recorded all lead and backing vocals, and even covered drum duties on a track!