In the world of music, artists are many but legends are few. And anybody who had the pleasure of seeing Thomas “TC” Clay perform agreed they were watching a legend in the making.
Clay wasn’t just a gifted musician and vocalist. He was also a songwriter, actor, producer and dynamic performer with more energy and stage presence than some of the most seasoned in the industry. The catalyst to TC’s passion was more than a love for music. His passion came from his love for God and what he had overcome in his life.
Delaware native Clay died in his sleep earlier this month at the age of 34, just after a Saturday night show in Jamaica, Queens (New York).
Clay was born Jan. 4,1982 in Wilmington, where he would cultivate his love for music. The talent was already in his genes since his father, Bishop Daryl Scott, was a gifted musician and his mother, Sharon Clay, was a talented vocalist. His adoptive mother, Louise Woodlen, pushed Thomas to pursue music.
TC’s love for music started at the age of 5 when he started playing instruments. His first love was playing the drums, and he eventually added guitar and bass to his arsenal of instruments.
Besides Clay’s natural abilities, it was his testimony that gave his music its power. With a history of trouble, abandonment, abuse, and homelessness, according to his Facebook page bio, TC unapologetically told his story so that others could experience the healing power of God’s love. As a man, Clay was far from perfect, but it was his ability to be transparent that drew people to his ministry around the world.
Although Clay’s life and time in the gospel industry were cut short, his ministry was starting to take off in a major way. Clay had worked with countless established artists and producers like Rodney “DarkChild” Jerkins, Natasha Bradley of Jive Records, Tonex, Dorothy Norwood and Bishop Bruce V. Parham. He has also inspired thousands by sharing the stage with acclaimed artists like Tamela Mann, Vashawn Mitchell, Kindred The Family Soul, PJ Morton, Bilal, Raphael Saadiq, Kierra Sheard, James Hall and more.
Clay was the owner and CEO of ClayBoy productions, an independent production house offering artist development, music production, songwriting, vocal coaching and production. He also shared his testimony and life lessons as a motivational speaker.
As an actor in the musical theater, he had performed in several plays, such as “God Wants a Yes,” “The Process” and the lead in “The Dreamer.”
As far as albums, TC’s first EP was “Keep Pushing” in 2010, and in 2013 he would release the “Love Recording,” a live show recorded at The Resurrection Center in Wilmington along with his band, Evolution.
His sudden death Oct. 16 sent shock waves throughout the music community and has left a hole in the heart of many who loved him and were touched by his ministry and testimony.
Clay passed away in his sleep and was found in his hotel room after what was said to be yet another amazing performance at the Community Worship Center in Queens.
The impact that TC had on the entertainment industry was immediately felt once news of his passing began to circulate on social media.
Some of the biggest names in the music industry such as Tye Tribbett, Pastor Jonathan Nelson and David and Tamala Mann took to the internet to honor Clay’s talent and accomplishments while making sure that rumors about the circumstances surrounding his death stopped.
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SOURCE: Delaware Online / Allhiphop – Dominick ‘King Dom’ Draper