High-Energy Soul Blues
Otis Clay is one of the premier deep soul and gospel singers working today. His raw, fiery vocals drive an energetic and danceable blend of soul, r&b and blues in the tradition of such deep soul singers as Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett and Solomon Burke.
Clay was born in Waxhall, Mississippi, and grew up surrounded by gospel music of the 1940s and ’50s. It was here that he got his start singing with groups like The Pilgrim Harmonizers, The Gospel Songbirds and the Sensational Nightingales. Upon moving to Chicago in the 1960s, he made a number of recordings that established him as a rising force in deep soul, and his hit records cemented his status as one of the most passionate voices in music.
His intense and upbeat live shows have always been the hallmark of his career, and the energy he brings to each performance is a rare thing indeed. Witness one of the masters at work!
Check out Otis in 1972 with his hit “Trying to Live My Life Without You”
More recent footage with “I Could Take You to Heaven Tonight”
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“Otis Clay has one of the best presentations — a combination of gospel passion, heavy grooves and a positive attitude… Intensity and grace simultaneously.” – New York Times