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CLARENCE SPADY

The former W.C. Handy Nominee for Best New Artist '97 has been an underground marvel since his initial and only worldwide release "Nature of the Beast" in '96. He received international recognition as one of Living Blues Magazine's "Top 40 Blues Artist Under 40”, and received the ’98 France Blues Trophie for Best International Blues Artist of the Year. Once described as "the future of the blues" by Bill Dahl, of the Chicago Tribune, his sound is now even more distinguishable. Having played in Hong Kong, Austria, Germany, France, Italy, Canada, and all parts of the U.S., his rapidly growing fan base is beginning to spread the word of his moving guitar play, rough street-edged vocals, songwriting and live improvisations. Born, Clarence Sloan Spady on July 1, 1961 in Paterson, NJ. Spady’s dad Clarence “Pops” Sr. moved the family to Scranton, PA in 1966 to a safer suburb and a secure job at the army depot. But that didn’t stop the family from traveling to NJ every weekend to play with Clarence’s Uncle Fletchy’s R & B band. After his Aunt Bea found him playing “High Heeled Sneakers” on his father’s guitar backstage one night, Clarence was called upon to play his first professional gig at the age of 5 at the Elks Club. He’s been startling people with his immense god-given guitar playing ever since. The Jazz Café in Hong Kong touted Clarence “ as a soulful singer and hot guitarist who takes the blues of BB King and Albert Collins, and mixes it with the soul of Ray Charles and some funk of James Brown”… The grass roots following that is building for Spady and awaiting his debut release on Severn Records will testify…” In short, Clarence is one of those artists that can actually move people. He brings out a range of emotions in you throughout his performances and recordings. Clarence continues to wow audience's all over the country….from his annual compelling and emotional benefit performances at Boulder Colorado’s Concert for Planet Earth to his regular appearances at NYC’s Terra Blues, at his home base in Pennsylvania at the River Street Jazz Café, or at a myriad of small jazz and blues clubs and festivals, he pushes forward writing and playing new music.

 
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