Clay Page turns page
Local talent and country music artist Clay Page kicks off this year’s Summer Concert Series on the Downtown Elberton Public Square.
The Elbert County-raised “country boy” is no stranger to the stage since learning to play guitar at the age of 9.
The first time he performed he was only 14 years old.
After graduating from Elbert County Comprehensive High School in 2012, Page has since made a career from his love of music—from teaching guitar lessons to recording fellow local musicians at his Southbound Productions studio — but it’s his songwriting that’s at the heart of his career.
Having played in shows as far north as Nashville and as far south as Florida, Page is a member of Nashville Songwriters Association International.
He has opened up for big names in the country music industry, including Jake Owens, Joe Nichols, David Allan Coe and Jason Michael Carroll.
According to Page, Southbound Productions is a separate project from Clay Page music.
Page says he and his grandfather worked together to help build the music studio that’s located on Hartwell Highway. He says that though he has made contact with writers in Nashville, he likes the idea of staying local.
“I’ve gone to Nashville before, but I really love being home around local talent,” says Page.
With his upcoming recording studio, he says he is excited to work with local artists he can relate to and help produce albums.
One of his most recent recording artists is Brad Evans, who is also on the line-up in the Summer Concert Series this weekend.
When asked about his own musical influences, Page says that his love of music all began with Johnny Cash and Credence Clearwater Revival.
He says that now his influences are more “singer-songwriter and old school country.”
In this upcoming album, his music is self-described as “Southern Soul” with “diverse tracks that range in genre from country to gospel.”
His collection of albums can be found on iTunes.
As far as looking to the future, “My life goal is to be better tomorrow than I was yesterday,” Page says.
Music fans can see Page performing this weekend at the Summer Concert Series hosted by Main Street.
Clay Page will be opening up for Still Cruzin’, “The Party Band of the South,” on Friday.
The following night will feature local artist Brad Evans with Mr. Burns: 80s Rock Band headlining on Saturday.
Music starts at 6:30 on both nights.