Claude Kelly

Imagine if one artist had written and recorded all the following tracks on one album: “Party in the U.S.A.” (Miley Cyrus), “Forgive Me” (Leona Lewis), “Circus” (Brittney Spears), and “My Life Would Suck Without You” (Kelly Clarkson). If you added up all the sales the records featuring those singles tabulated individually, you’d have a rather nice collection of very big numbers. But if one artist had done all of them? We’re talking gajillion-times platinum, here.

claudekelly2But this is mere fancy, right? I mean, how could all of those songs possibly come from a single source? It’s impossible. Couldn’t happen.

Except, of course, if you’re Claude Kelly—the guy that wrote each and every one of those songs and many other radio hits you’ve no doubt heard a thousand times over. Kelly doesn’t have his own album yet, but he’s a hell of a singer and an even more amazing songwriter. A quick search for him on YouTube will turn up quite a few of the man’s less famous gems, and all of them are legit toe-tappers.

In fact, the first song I heard of his came off a mixtape, and “One Last Time” sounded to me exactly like something Kelly Clarkson would sing. I found it so odd that a black R&B artist was crooning out the vocals when it seemed pretty obviously written for a female voice. Plus, you know, it didn’t sound anything even remotely close to hip-hop.

But I dug deeper for more of Kelly’s stuff out of shear curiosity, and found that he hits up pretty much every genre from pop to hip-hop to rock. He went to Berklee College of Music in Boston and graduated with an expansive repertoire of genres under his belt, and that clearly has translated into quite a bit of success in him selling his work to Top 40 artists.

We don’t feature him, however, because of what he does for other people. We feature him because of what he does for himself. Songs like “I Hate Love,” “The Worst Part is Over,” and “Entertain You” have convinced me that Kelly should have had his own album by now. Why send all the good stuff off to other artists when it could be you with the huge hit album? Bit of a mystery, but one I’m interesting in following.

Plus, he’s funny as hell:

Check out “One Last Time”:

And “Entertain You”:

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Joel Brigham writes about stuff. It’s pretty much all he cares about. Stuff like music and more music. But he mostly cares about music. And also music.

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