Clayton Joseph Scott was born on the Westside of Los Angeles in Venice, California. He began his music career at the age of two when his life long musician father bought him a guitar and the “Born in the USA” vinyl. Clayton set up an American flag and turned a garbage can upside down as a drum proclaiming he wanted to be Bruce Springsteen when he grew up. Since that time Clayton’s musical journey has taken him around the world playing music across Europe, Asia, and the United States.
During a trip to India in 2008 Clayton began writing and performing his own material. When he returned to the United States, indie label Sweet Mercy Records (www.sweetmercyrecords.com) based in Ashland Oregon discovered Clayton as he played at a open mic. The label established a working relationship with Clayton developing five of his songs featured on his debut maxi-single Heavy Rest released through Sweet Mercy in early 2010. JPR 89.7fm got an early release of heavy rest and began playing “8 Long Years of War.”
An opportunity to work on a motion picture soundtrack in early 2010 with Serafini Films brought Clayton back to Los Angeles. The transition back to his native city proved fertile ground for the young singer/songwriter as he began to compose new material and build a fan base in Los Angeles. In 2012 Clayton released his debut full length album More Love and began a series of national tours with the Clayton Joseph Scott Band, opening for diverse artists such as Matisyahu, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Donavon Frankenreiter and Rebelution.
In 2014 Adam Topol (Jack Johnson and Culver City Dub Collective) heard a track from More Love while on tour and contacted Clayton about producing his next project. The result was a 5 song EP called West of Lincoln with the new name “Brightside” with Scott as leading the band and Topol on Drums.
Clayton’s most recent compositions have earned him fans up and down the west coast playing in various cities and at festivals across California and Oregon. Clayton has most recently been extensively touring across America with Brightside.