Members: Jonathan Clay
May 12th House of Blues Las Vegas
May 21st Molly Malone's Los Angeles
Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance are
Feb 3 College Station, TX (Mugwalls)
Feb 4 Dallas, TX (Opening Bell)
Feb 5 Tomball, TX (Mainstreet Crossing)
Feb 17 Portland, OR (Doug Fir Lounge)
Feb 18 Seattle, WA (The High Dive)
Feb 19 Vancouver, BC (The Biltmore Cabaret)
Feb 22 Sacramento, CA (Blue Lamp)
Feb 23 San Francisco, CA (Slims)
Feb 25 Los Angeles, CA (The Hotel Cafe)
Feb 26 San Diego, CA (The Casbah)
Everything She Wants available now on iTunes.
Born from years of watching his father play the guitar, Jonathan Clay's music has been the perfect example of evolution. His newest collection of songs could be described as abstractly as Al Greene meets Tom Petty. Refusing to be pigeon-holed, Clay has drawn on elements of Blues, Rock, and Soul, as well as his Texas southern roots.
He has shared the stage with everyone from Sara Bareilles, to local Austin legends like Bob Schneider, and his past studio recordings have been heard on MTV's The Hills, The Real World, Newport Harbor, The Freshman, ABC's Lincoln Heights, The Lifetime Network, and the WB.
In addition to TV placement, Clay has managed to sell over 100,000 songs off of iTunes while completely independent.
With three years maturity and artistic growth under his belt, his upcoming album is poised to deliver. In 2009, Clay travelled to Nashville to work in the studio with Producer Kevin Kadish (Jason Mraz, Stacy Orrico) and Mixing Engineeer Jeff Juliano (John Mayer, John Butler Trio, Stephen Kellog). His highly anticipated second album "Everything She Wants" was released on June 15th, 2010 and debuted at #4 on the iTunes singer/songwriter charts.
Jonathan Clay grew up in a rural town of Magnolia, Texas. He got his first taste of stardom when he landed the role of the "Tin-Man" in his elementary school's rendition of "The Wizard of Oz." More embarrassed by the thought of the silver costume, he had no idea that singing on stage would eventually become something he loved to do.
Jonathan's stint in school musicals was short-lived, and when his freshman year of high school rolled around, he put music aside to begin playing basketball. He was heavily involved in sports until his sophomore year when suffered an ankle injury. What he didn't know then was that this injury would come to shape the rest of his life. Growing up with a father who plays four instruments gave him the inspiration to pick up the guitar. By senior year of high school, writing songs began to peak his interest. He eventually bought his own recording gear and put together a modest bedroom recording setup. It was at that point that Jonathan Clay's path was truly set in motion.
At 18, Jonathan moved out of his parent's home to attend college at Texas State University. While in college, he met a friend who was studying Sound Recording Technology. The duo got the idea to take a shot at recording an EP, and in between classes, they achieved their goal. Majoring in communications, Jonathan was doing nothing more than going through the motions. At the age of 20, a frustrated Clay dropped out to pursue music full-time. Armed with a 7 track demo, he put together an independent tour with two other artists, playing 28 shows in 31 days around the western U.S.
In 2007, Clay was offered a development deal with Atlantic records and made the decision to move to New York. During his time there, he traveled extensively and worked with writers from London to Los Angeles. Due largely in part to creative differences, Jonathan eventually parted ways with Atlantic.
The timing of the deal may not have been perfect, but the trial-by-fire education Clay received is something that benefits him still today. Towards the end of 2007, Jonathan moved back to Texas and took up residency in Austin. In between records, Jonathan released "The Acoustic Sessions" in 2008. What started out as a side project soon picked up an endorsement by Levi's Jeans and received over 140,000 downloads. 2009 was a year Jonathan devoted to developing his sound, and carving out his identity. He surrounded himself with a band, and has since started playing less as a solo acoustic and more as a group. Trading in the acoustic guitar for a brass slide, a resonator, and a Gibson 335, you get the sense that he's truly listening to (and playing from) his soul. Experience a full band show and he just might make a believer out of you.