Exclusive Interview with Chris Clayton
We recently had the opportunity to interview worship leader and songwriter, Chris Clayton.
AAW: When and how did you first start writing songs?
Chris: I started writing songs in high school. I was in the typical "first band" and we needed songs. I remember sitting in church grabbing the offering envelopes in the pew and writing down lyric ideas during sermons. Sometimes it was something that the pastor said or something that just came to mind. I was young and they were probably not the most deep songs in the world but it was my outlet for getting started.
AAW: What style(s) of music do you typically write?
Chris: I would say 95% of what I write are worship songs for the Church to sing. That is my heart. I really desire for the Church to have great songs to sing back to their Creator. Nothing like it. I do write a small share of songs for the CCM artist pool as well.
AAW: What instrument(s) do you like to write with?
Chris: I mainly write with guitar. It's my first instrument when playing and leading. On occasion I will sit down at the piano and write. One of the song's off my latest CD was written by me sitting down at my Rhodes and just playing through chords and scatting out some lyrics. It was a sweet moment I will never forget. There is something about going about writing from a fresh perspective musically that is inspiring.
AAW: What is your songwriting process like? Where and how do you find inspiration for songs?
Chris: A lot of times it starts with a melody and a chorus idea. For me thats the meat of the song.` However, it is different for every song. I love the tension of sitting in a room with absolutely nothing and in a few hours an amazing song of worship is birthed. I am a strong believer that the inspiration for writing worship songs comes from an overflow of our relationship with Christ. As we grow and journey through life with Christ we should have an over abundance of material to write about.
AAW: How often do you face writer’s block and how do you typically deal with it?
Chris: I face it in phases. A lot of times I find myself just wanting to engage in conversation with people...hear their stories of victory and pain. That usually help me as a writer get back to the perspective that songs need to be about life. the struggles, wins and the in-between.
AAW: What’s something you wish a more seasoned songwriter would’ve told you when you were first starting out, that you could share with beginner writers that might be reading this?
Chris: Don't try and write a song. Live the song first and then put it down on paper.
AAW: What is God speaking to you about right now, in general or in your songwriting?
Chris: For me it is a constant reminder to trust Him. To rest in His sovereignty. He holds all things in order. As simple as that is to say its a constant battle of surrender.
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