You’d expect “music” to top the list of passions of an accomplished songwriter, worship pastor and producer.
But not so with Chris Clayton. People and their stories are what inspire him.
Chris Clayton is an award-nominated CCM Worship and Pop/Rock worship leader, songwriter and producer in Nashville, Tennessee. With nearly two decades of experience, he’s worked alongside artists including Big Daddy Weave, Shane and Shane, Robbie Seay Band, Phillips, Craig, and Dean as well as Integrity Music artists Christine D'Clario, Dustin Smith, Corey Voss, and Alisa Turner. His song, “Burn Bright,” co-written & produced by Clayton, and recorded by Will Walker, was nominated for the 2018 GMA Canada Covenant Award for the Pop Song of The Year.
With nearly two decades working in the music industry, Clayton believes it is these partnerships – writing music, leading worship, and collaborating with recording artists – that drives his vision and energy for making music.
In 2015, Clayton signed as writer/producer with The Rain Collective (in partnership with Integrity Music), and has written songs with Michael Farren, Jennie Lee Riddle, Matt Armstrong, Chris McClarney, Charlie Hall, Tony Wood, Benji Cowart and many others. His songs have been featured by Worship Leader Magazine Song Discovery series, LifeWay Worship, Word Music and Integrity Music.
While learning from some of the best producers in the business, including the award-winning Seth Mosley (Full Circle Music) and Michael Farren (Integrity Music), Clayton’s heart is for the Church and the artists he works with. Serving as the Worship/Creative Arts Pastor at Gateway Church in Franklin, Tennessee, he credits his grounding in the local church as one of the keys to his success. After all, it’s not just about the music.
“It's about investing in the artist as a person,” he says. “It truly drives everything I do.” Those relationships shine through the music, creating a lyrical landscape out of intimate conversations and trust. And if “Burn Bright” is any indication, that conversation is only just beginning.
Clayton lives with his wife Kara and their four baseball-loving boys in Nashville, Tennessee.