He was born on the Westside of Los Angeles in Venice Beach, California. He began his music career at the age of two when his father bought him a ukulele and the “Born in the USA” vinyl by Bruce Springsteen. The music of troubadours like Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, and Bob Marley, served as the soundtracks of Clayton’s youth and from a young age, the art of story telling through song became an idea that would shape Clayton’s music to this day.
Clayton’s songs follow in the steps on the path of modern roots/rock performers like Michael Franti, Trevor Hall, Xavier Rudd, and, John Butler; to deliver a positive message, while invigorating audiences of all cultures to listen and dance with a purpose. His catalogue of original compositions range from deeply reflective soul/folk ballads to danceable world-beat arrangements that have won fans around the world!
While traveling and living in India in 2008, Clayton began to write and compose his own music inspired by the cultures and travelers he met while exploring the greater world outside of his California home. Upon his return to the United States in 2010, he recorded his first studio album Heavy Rest and began to pursue his music career in earnest; touring the US West Coast and Europe sharing the songs he wrote during his early life travels.
In 2012 Clayton returned home from Los Angeles and began work on his acclaimed album More Love (released in 2012) which began to receive radio airplay across the United States and Europe. During this time Clayton formed a touring band with a group of Los Angeles musicians named “Brightside” who served as the musical backdrop to the stories Clayton shared in the lyrics of his songs. Upon the release of More Love, Clayton and Brightside began regular national tours and festival performances across the USA and spent the next seven years promoting their music to a growing fan base. In this time Clayton opened and toured with acts such as Jack Johnson, Trevor Hall, Brett Dennen, Michael Franti & Spearhead, White Buffalo, Donavon Frankenreiter, Rebelution, and Cas Haley.
In 2014 Clayton Joseph Scott and Brightside teamed up with drummer Adam Topol (Jack Johnson, Culver City Dub Collective) who joined the band and together headed into the studio to record and release Clayton’s third album West of Lincoln (2014) which Topol served as producer. West of Lincoln received positive reviews as a follow up to More Love, the songs “Home” and “LA Woman” from the album were played on radio stations across the country.
In 2018 Clayton and Brightside ventured into the studio to record their latest and most ambitious full length project LET GO (released Dec. 2020) and were set to share the new music beginning with a tour of Australia in early 2020 which was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Upon his return from Australia and entering a new world shaped by the COVID Pandemic, Clayton left his home in Venice Beach and moved to Southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley, to begin work on his fifth album View From the Moon (scheduled to be released summer of 2021). Working with local musician Aaron Reed (The Brothers Reed) Clayton aimed to craft an album of songs that reflect the depths of the collective experience during the pandemic while still offering hope for better tomorrows.
As the world begins to re-open, Clayton looks forwards to sharing his new music with fans old and new at LIVE music performances and continue to utilize the redemptive power of storytelling in song as a means for positive change in the world at large.