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Praise 104.1 is embracing local talent and so every Monday, Praisedc.com will prominently feature a local artist on the site.

One Monday out of the month, Praise 104.1 will host a New Music Monday listening party that will feature an artist that has been featured online and has received the most votes.

If you would like to be featured on Praise 104.1′s New Music Monday please send your song in an MP3 format, your photo, your bio, contact information and a link to your music artist page to rthompson@radio-one.com with ‘New Music Monday’ in the subject line.

This week’s featured artist is Thomas Clay.

Listen to his single “Blind Man”:

Bio:

When someone witnesses Thomas Clay’s onstage energy, musical clarity and sheer passion, they find it hard to believe he has been musically serving Christ for only a few short years. But with a history of abandonment, abuse, and homelessness he has realized and now proclaims, “All I have is my worship” and transparently gives his all so others may see the healing power of God’s love. Raised in Wilmington, Delaware, Thomas has loved music ever since the young age of five. That is when he developed a passion for playing instruments. Today he is an acclaimed musician, singer, songwriter and actor. He has a passion for playing the drums and is gifted on the lead and bass guitars. He is also a talented producer who creates captivating vocal arrangements and vocal production.

Thomas has worked with countless established artists and producers like Rodney “DarkChild” Jerkins, Natasha Bradly of Jive Records, Tonex, Dorothy Norwood, Virtue, Russell Delegation, The Bolton Brothers, and Bishop Bruce V. Parham. He has also inspired thousands by sharing the stage with acclaimed inspirational and soul artists like Tamala Mann, Vashawn Mitchell, Da Truth, Pastor Charles Jenkins, Jason Nelson, Jonathan Nelson, Tye Tribbett, Zacardi Cortez, JJ Hairston, Bishop Hezekiah Walker, Kindred The Family Soul, PJ Morton, Bilal, R. Sadique, Deon Kipping, Kierra Sheard, Earnest Pugh, Eric Roberson, James Hall, and more.

Thomas is the owner and CEO of ClayBoy productions; an independent production house offering artist development, music production, songwriting, vocal coaching, and vocal production. He also shares his testimony and life-lessons learned from his past as a speaker and workshop facilitator. As an musical theater actor he has performed in several plays, such as “God Wants a Yes”, “The Process,” and the lead role in “The Dreamer.”

Today Thomas knows who he is and realizes what God can do through his gift of music. He understands that he doesn’t have this gift for idle enjoyment but rather a purpose. Under the spiritual tutelage of Bishop S. Todd Townsend and Pastor Jason Nelson, he has come into full knowledge of what his purpose is; to change lives with the word of God through music. Despite or perhaps because of his challenging past, Thomas says, “I am grateful that God chose to put a calling on my life that can have a major effect on the world. I pray that the Lord will continue to push and take me beyond my expectations as I grow in Him. Thomas is married to Inez who he describes as his “dream girl.” She is his right hand and supports him in every aspect of his ministry. He credits her with being his greatest mentor. Together they have a son.

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