Born in Jacksonville, Florida, Clay began performing onstage in his Stepfather's band at the age of twelve. With the talent to play a variety of instruments, Clay found that his piano was the most expressive and it became his main forte, second only to his voice.
After several years of touring the East Coast of the United States, as well as abroad, Clay married in Miami, Florida in 1986. Shortly thereafter, he and Debbi moved to Fort Pierce, Florida, and in mid-1990 they celebrated the birth of their daughter, Aly.
Clay founded The Bottom Dollar band which established a large fan base, and they were asked to become the House Band at The County Line Saloon in Melbourne, Florida. In 1994, Clay and The Bottom Dollar band earned the distinctive 'Group Of The Year' Award from the Sunshine State Country Music Association. In 1995, Clay Rigdon earned the 'Male Vocalist Of The Year' Award from the same organization, and in 1999, Clay and The Bottom Dollar band were proud to perform as Florida State Finalists in the True Value Jimmy Dean Country Showdown. Nominated for the 1999 OCT (Online Country Talent) AWARDS, they were also featured on RADIOETC.COM as 'Spotlight Artist' in July, 1999.
In 2001, Clay and his family relocated to Nashville, Tennessee and in a short time, Clay has made an indelible impression within the music community for his unique vocal, songwriting, and honky-tonkin', signature country-piano styles. A personal highlight of Clay's recent experiences since coming to Music City USA was jamming with the great Bill Anderson backstage at The Grand Ole Opry.
Over the years, Clay has had the privilege of sharing the stage with some of Country Music's finest, like Merle Haggard, The Dixie Chicks, Toby Keith and many, many others. Each encounter, along with his deep Southern roots, has added to the richness and credibility of his sound.