The Myrna Clayton Experience
Genre: Soul and Jazz
Nothing compares to the live performances of America’s Songbird Myrna Clayton.
Audiences around the world get up to dance when she sings, mesmerized by her soul-filled, profound musical message for all. Whether it’s Jazz, Pop, Soul, Gospel, R&B, Blues, or Country, Myrna’s entertaining and uplifting performances are unforgettable.
She has performed across the world in Germany, France, Great Britain, Nigeria, Russia, and Belarus as well as across the U.S., from New York City to New Orleans. Myrna draws audiences out to hear her sing whether it’s at theater halls, festivals, churches, outdoor amphitheaters, national/international conferences, or conventions. Many of these wonderful, diverse performances have been captured through live recordings.
America’s Songbird is a quintessential entertainer, singer/songwriter, bandleader, flutist, A&R/vocal performance coach, and studio-session singer. She is a regularly featured vocalist with the Westside Winds 24-piece “big band” Jazz orchestra. Versatile in her range of American musical genres, Myrna’s jazz singing is remarkably versatile. She is equally at ease in performing Smooth Jazz, Classical Jazz Standards, Swing, Bebop, Fusion, and Contemporary Jazz.
She has been the opening act for a wide array of top artists such as Kirk Whalum, Ruben Studdard, Alex Bugnon, Lalah Hathaway, and The Manhattans.
While greatly influenced by Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, and Natalie Cole, Myrna proudly acknowledges her singing roots began in the church. Her father(minister and educator) and mother(librarian and archivist) instilled a drive within her for excellence and education.
Performing her singing debut at the age of five in her father’s church, Myrna graduated from Atlanta’s prominent Northside High School of Performing Arts, earned a BS at Alabama A&M University, and went on to achieve an MBA from Atlanta University, building a successful corporate marketing career first before launching her career as a professional American singer.
America’s Songbird Myrna Clayton is beloved for her charming and generous persona, her gifted and authentic performing artistry — and for being a loving force for humankind. Her willingness to help others develop their artistry comes from Myrna’s belief in paying back a debt of gratitude — for her gift of song.
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