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Clay is a Mississippi Delta boy.
Multi-Platinum, Two-Time Grammy Nominated & 16 Time ASCAP Hit Songwriter/ Top Staff Writer and co-founder of www.SongTown.com
6 #1 Hit Singles and 100+ Cuts.
The Number 1 Hit for Diamond Rio: “Beautiful Mess”.
“Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It” and “History In The Making” for Darius Rucker.
Other singles and cuts recorded by Reba McIntire, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Joe Nichols, Easton Corbin, Kimberley Locke, Baby face & Tricia Yearwood, Jo Dee Messina, Lonestar, Chris Cagle, and more.
Hit Gospel Songs for Taranda Greene and The Gastineaus.
Songwriter Clay Mills – EchoVibe/MV2 Entertainment
Clay is also a record producer and music publisher.
Clay Mills, a sixteen-time ASCAP award-winning songwriter and producer, grew up surrounded by music in the Blues-rich Mississippi Delta. Over the course of his songwriting career, Mills has penned Number 1 hits for Darius Rucker, “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It,” Diamond Rio, “Beautiful Mess,” and Kimberley Locke, “Fall,” while collecting Grammy nominations for “Beautiful Mess” and Trisha Yearwood’s “Heaven, Heartache, and the Power of Love.”
Clay began playing at clubs in Rock and Country bands by age 13. When he was 19, he moved to the New York City where he wrote, programmed tracks, created beats for rap and hip hop artists, and sang on major TV commercials; including Red Lobster and the Armed Forces. In the late 90’s, Clay started co-writing with a New York actor who was an aspiring Country artist, Ken Meeker. Ken introduced Clay to Nashville producer Mark Bright, who flew to New York to watch him perform for a crowd of 500 people. Impressed, Mark signed Clay to a publishing deal with EMI Music. Since moving to Nashville, Clay has had over 75 major artist cuts, three Number 1 hits, six Top 5 singles, and 12 Top 40 singles. His love of all types of music shows in the diverse list of artists who sing his songs: Babyface, Lady Antebellum, Easton Corbin, Reba, Bill Gaither, Lone Star, Darius Rucker, Trisha Yearwood, Clay Walker, Kimberly Locke, and Joe Nichols. Clay’s latest string of singles, co-written with Country superstar and groundbreaker Darius Rucker, include the song that introduced Darius to the world of Country music: “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It.” More hit singles, “History in the Making” and “I Got Nothin’,” soon followed.
Mills believes strongly in songwriters and their value to world. He has served on the NSAI board and lobbied Congress on behalf of creators and copyrights. In 2012, Clay co-founded SongTown, a 6,000 plus group of aspiring songwriters. He is personally involved in helping members advance their craft and make connections in the music industry.
In April 2014, Mills inked a new publishing deal with veteran hit publisher Mike Sebastian and Given Music.
When Clay is not writing songs, you might find him riding horses on the Wyoming plains searching for inspiration for his next song. “The great thing about the West is that there are still huge pockets of land that look like they did hundreds of years ago…bristling with wildlife and the elements. It helps me find that healthy balance between life, love, and the music business.”
Clay Mills, Live at The Link, will be recorded by Jaydd Production LLC., and for Mississippi’s Local Licks Songwriter Sessions on Z98.5FM
Story behind the Song Performance: 10am
Online Q&A to follow Performance
(For Q&A online submissions only, Deadline Thurs Aug 9th midnight)
Lunch Break 11:30am-12:30pm
(Lunch is not provided by this event. A lunch truck will be in the parking lot to purchase something to eat and a there are a lot of local restaurants within a 1 mile radius.
Songwriting Mentoring Session by Clay Mills 12:30 -1:30
Clay will take you through some exercises designed to get you into the flow of writing without thinking. Also how out-of-towners can get their song cut by a major artist if you don’t live in New York, Nashville or LA!
Pitch a song to Clay Mills 1:30 – 3:30
Clay will listen and provide feedback on a selected number of songs from the online song submissions. You may submit one song and lyric sheet per person online. The deadline for the online song submission is Thursday, August 9, at midnight.
Requirements for online submission:
One song only (uploaded).
A lyric sheet (uploaded).
Song must be under 5 minutes in length, and at a minimum, must be a guitar vocal or piano vocal. Songs can be full demo, of course.
All songs should have a verse-chorus structure.
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Tickets are for entry into any or all of the days activities. Each person will need a ticket to get through the door.
Upload your Q&A Questions for Clay. Clay will answer questions following his performance. Clay will answer as many questions as time permits.