New York, NY
Clinton Curtis grew up between the islands of Jamaica and Key West. The son of musicians and reggaehall owners, he was always surrounded by music. As a child, he played with and learned from some of the Jamaican giants -- including Gregory Isaacs and Desmond Dekker. Clinton’s mother and father were pioneers of the live music scene on the west end of Jamaica. His parents managed and promoted many of the top Jamaican artists and ran a club in Negril which became the premier live music venue on the west end of the island. Clinton was always eager to learn from these musicians, and they were happy to teach him. Clinton was proclaimed a classical piano prodigy at age 7. And he learned to play a pretty mean guitar and bass by the age of 10. At age 18, Clinton moved to New York and studied acting at NYU. It was there in the West Village, in the bars and clubs that defined so much of music history, that Clinton realized he wanted to write popular music. He took to it feverishly, writing hundreds of songs in a matter of months. He teamed up with producer Matt Stine, and signed to indie label 27 Sound. Currently, Clinton and his band are a fixture in the downtown music scene. Clinton is credited with having the largest crowd ever at the famous lower east side venue, The Livingroom, where he plays every month. Clinton also appeared on FOX’s Fearless Music TV where he won the most votes of any other act and was brought back by fans to play the TV show two weeks in a row. His videos from that performance still remain in the top 10 most watched videos on the Fearless Music website. Clinton’s music represents the coming together of all the musical genres he has been exposed to throughout his life. From Country to Reggae, from Dylan to Bach, Clinton Curtis is a throwback to the great songwriters of the 1960’s with the musical versatility and voice of a new artist set on making his mark on today’s popular music landscape.