Clay George is an award-winning singer-songwriter and performer. He has been a featured artist on Much Music, Austin Music Television Network, and CBC Radio. His music has appeared in both film and television, and can be heard most recently on the hit television series “Justified.”

He is currently based in Victoria, B.C.


Who are your musical and songwriting heroes?

I'm more a fan of songs or even parts of songs than I am of individual musicians or songwriters. Truth be told, the music that really moves me the most has little to do with the singer/songwriter genre. Should I be saying that out loud? I secretly wish I were a classical pianist/composer. That or an opera singer. As songwriters go, I'd be lying if I said I'd never listened to a bunch of Townes Van Zandt, Dylan, or Springsteen. But who hasn't? 

When did you first start playing and what compelled you to start?

I began playing piano when I was quite young, and my parents got me an old Wurlitzer to practice on. There was also an old Traynor amp and a microphone that my father had acquired from a friend who lived up the street. I spent a lot of time messing around in the basement with that stuff, and with my fathers guitars, playing along to records and recording myself singing. I remember the guy up the street teaching me a song called "Rockin' Little Angel," and telling me if I sang it he'd put me on "The Gong Show." It wasn't until years later that I found out that Ray Smith was actually a Sun Records recording artist and a rockabilly legend.

You live in Victoria, Canada, but you spent a year sharpening your craft in Austin, Texas. What did you take away from that experience?

I lived there between 2004/2005. People have this weird notion of what Austin is because of it's musical history, but really it's just like Victoria; a college/government town with a ton of musicians and artists in general. I mostly sat in the yard picking and writing. You can do that anywhere, it's just that in some places the weather is nicer.

What's your philosophy of songwriting?

I don't know that I have a philosophy. Most of the time I'm just trying to find the right words to reflect the sentiment of a melody. 

Is there any sort of message you hope the listener takes from this album?

No. It's great to hear that someone feels some sort of connection with a certain song, but really it's up to them what they take away from it. I'm not pushing anything.



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