Making a Scene Presents an interview with Clay Melton
Having performed live in Houston since the age of 15, now 24, he has come a long way since Being named “One of the top 10 guitarist under 20” by the International Guitar Festival in Dallas when he was 16. Riding the success of his debut album ‘Burn the Ships’ which reached #5 on the Billboard Heatseekers Charts, Clay and his 3 piece band including Raymon Minton on Bass/Synths and Zach Grindle on Drums have performed all over the United States to Club and Festival audiences. Houston Press noted ‘Burn the Ships is great example of an artist on the rise who is rewriting the rules.”
Clay Exemplifies strength in genres ranging from alternative rock to soul on Burn the Ships (most notably in his vocal cover with fellow Houston artist, Kam Franklin of The Suffers on “Wind & Wave”.) In their live performance the guitar driven rock/pop trio pleases crowds across all ages with an intense and exciting energy on stage that is not easily forgotten.
Clay has continued to push forward with new singles. “Body Map” was released as single & video in August 2018 and received great response from fans and critics alike. “If “Body Map” is indeed Melton’s new chosen direction, then this artist will be exploding out of Houston in no time” (Atwood Magazine).
In 2019 Clay Melton has recently released his latest single, “Pass You By” which is an exploration in a more pop driven arrangement, featuring warm guitars and funky clavinet solo from Brothers Osborne member, Billy Justineau. The band celebrated the release with a packed out party at Houston’s The Rustic, a return performance for the band at one Houston’s most premiere venues.