Claytoven Richardson


Claytoven has worked on hundreds of projects throughout his 40-year plus career. Constantly in demand as one of the top session vocalists, his voice can be found on albums featuring GRAMMY winning artists such as Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Kenny G, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, as well as, on popular video games like Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore (Versions 1 & 2). He has also written for and produced artists such as Patti Austin, Al Jareau, Young Jeezy, and Charlie Wilson. From the fruits of that labor, he has also penned the book, The Professional Studio Vocalist.


Currently, Claytoven is a Producer/A&R Director for Firstquake Entertainment, working with talented and innovative artists that are leading the next evolution in great music.


Claytoven also runs a youth center in Oakland, California, the Digital Arts and Culinary Academy. There he teaches and mentors Oakland Teens through songwriting, singing, and music production classes.

Chance favors only the prepared mind.” - Louis Pasteur