in Jacksonville, Florida, Clay began performing onstage in his
Stepfather's band at the age of twelve. With the talent to play a
variety of instruments, Clay found that his piano was the most
expressive and it became his main forte, second only to his voice.
several years of touring the East Coast of the United States, as well as
abroad, Clay married in Miami, Florida in 1986. Shortly thereafter, he
and Debbi moved to Fort Pierce, Florida, and in mid-1990 they celebrated
the birth of their daughter, Aly.