You’d expect “music” to top the list of passions of an accomplished songwriter, worship pastor and producer. But not so with Chris Clayton. People and their stories are what inspire him.
Chris Clayton is an award-nominated Worship/CCM producer, songwriter and worship pastor in Nashville, Tennessee. He has worked on projects with such artists as Big Daddy Weave, Phillips, Craig, and Dean, Shane and Shane, Christine D'Clario, Kristene DiMarco (Bethel Music) and Prestonwood Worship just to name a few. As a songwriter, his songs have been featured by Worship Leader Magazine, LifeWay Worship, Word Music and Integrity Music. “Burn Bright,” co-written and produced by Clayton, and recorded by Will Walker, was nominated for the 2018 GMA Canada Covenant Award for Pop Song of the Year.
Clayton’s heart is for the Church and the artists he works with. Serving as the Worship Pastor at Gateway Church in Franklin, Tennessee, he credits his grounding in the local church as one of the keys to his success. After all, it’s not just about the music.
“It's about investing in the artist as a person,” he says. “It truly drives everything I do.” Those relationships shine through the music, creating a lyrical and musical landscape out of intimate conversations and trust.”
Chris is a staff producer/songwriter for BEC Worship, worship pastor at Gateway Franklin Church and resides in Nashville with his beautiful and amazing wife Kara and their five awesome kids.