Cultural Celebration continued…
MMC’s 2004 ARCO Music Media graduate, Claye is an established artist, songwriter and producer imprinting his talent on everything he touches. Born Clayton Morrison, Claye has established himself as a brilliant reggae artist, multi-genre songwriter and producer. He was one of the first songwriters/producers in the UK to sign to Jay Z’s Roc Nation.
A classically trained pianist, with drums as his second instrument, and guitar his third, Claye has an incredible ear for music. His unique sound can be heard on Sean Paul’s ‘Hold My Hand’ from his Grammy nominated album ‘Imperial Blaze’, ‘Pray For Me’ on Chipmunk’s album, ‘Transition’ and many more. ‘”Everything is good in moderation, life is about balance and I always strive for greatness that way, the least I can end up with is the best” explains a motivated Claye.
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Michelle O Faith
South London singer, songwriter, composer and producer Michelle O Faith, began learning to sing at MMC, at the tender age of nine. She won a Bursary award here in 2003, to further her vocal studies at The Conservatoire in Blackheath and hasn’t looked back. A classical vocal and piano student, Michelle graduated from Southampton University with a BA (Hons) in Music and has performed in the spectacular West End show, ‘The Lion King’.
At the age of sixteen, Michelle joined CICAS to pursue her professional career as an artist and songwriter. MMC provided career advice and supported her application to the PRS for Music Foundation, from which she has continued to receive support, being awarded the Women Make Music Award in 2016. Her sophomore EP ‘Birthday Blues’ was funded by PRS, and released in October 2016. ‘No Romance in China’ her debut EP, was released in the summer of 2015.
Michelle was also awarded a MOBO Help Musicians Fund grant in 2017, to help her continue to develop her career. Challenged to describe to her creativity, Michelle says of her influences, “Michael Jackson raised me… Bach saved me.”