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Clayton Bryant / Press

“Simpson's “Can’t Let You Go” tour accompanied by Clayton Bryant Following the massive success of Simpson's first EP “Steady”, January'15, the Soulternative Pop artist launches his “Can’t Let You Go” tour on 9th May 2015, 20:00, at Proud Camden, in London, headlining with none other than American solo artist Clayton Bryant; the first of many international collaborations to come. Simpson said: “I'm am so excited to be on the road and sharing my new music with those who have supported and continue to support this journey from the beginning to now! I hope to meet a whole load of new faces and have a great time!” Both artists were already fans of each other’s work even before they met and thanks to social media, they discovered each other and their passion for legends such as Sam Cooke, Bob Marley, the Temptations and Stevie Wonder and modern day heroes including Prince, Pharrell and Amy Winehouse. Clayton was hugely influenced and nurtured by his mentors, vo”

“Vocalist Clayton Bryant joined Simpson for “Street Corner”, the lead track from Ashford & Simpson’s 1982 masterpiece Street Opera. The song worked especially well with a majestic view of 59th Street in the background. Alternately soulful and sassy, Simpson exuded finesse in every dance step.”

“It was truly a loving tribute to Nick Ashford, but last night’s Valerie Simpson & Friends' A Tribute To Nick Ashford program at the Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival in Damrosch Park was more than a celebration of the music that the late songwriter/performer made for over four decades with his wife Valerie Simpson. To be sure, there were plenty of Ashford & Simpson songs--classic Motown era hits they wrote for the likes of Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell and Diana Ross, and then their own hits that came after. But Valerie Simpson’s tribute to her late husband was more than just the music that made them the preeminent couple in pop music: The format for the show was based not only on their own deep catalog but on the regular singers and musicians who have made Ashford & Simpson’s nearby Sugar Bar restaurant/nightclub the place to be on Open Mic Thursday Nights. View slideshow: "Valerie Simpson & Friends' A Tribute To Nick Ashford" Valerie Simpson performs at "A Tribute To Nick A”

“And so she most surely will, with the determination that has always marked her half of the Ashford & Simpson partnership--and with the extraordinary love and support from the couple's Sugar Bar family. Thursday night, this family included their daughters Nicole and Asia along with performing regulars Ron Grant, Alyson Williams, Clayton Bryant, Valerie Ghent, Andre Smith, D.J. Rogers and Damara Lynn Greene; opera great Kathleen Battle also performed a cappella.”

“. Clayton Bryant, one of Simpson's crew of top-notch Sugar Bar background singers, is now singing backup in Ashford & Simpson's road show. Continue reading on Examiner.com Sugar Bar celebrates 10th anniversary of famous 'Thursday Night Open Mic' - New York Local Music | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/local-music-in-new-york/sugar-bar-celebrates-10th-anniversary-of-famous-thursday-night-open-mic#ixzz1YODj61GP”

“The Sugar Bar material, which was taped during the venue's regular Thursday Night Open Mic event, featured Simpson on piano, Sharrod Barnes on guitar, Eluriel Barfield-Tinker on bass and Bernard Davis on drums. Singing backup were Asia Ashford, Clayton Bryant and Valerie Ghent. Nickolas Ashford can be seen singing along with the backup group. Continue reading on Examiner.com Ashford & Simpson complete video for "Born This Way" - New York Local Music | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/local-music-in-new-york/ashford-simpson-complete-video-for-born-this-way#ixzz1YOClh6dH”

“The true wonder of the Sugar Bar comes from the regulars (I’ve visited on a dozen Thursdays over the past three years) who, as each evening evolves, become characters in an ensemble cast: ebullient host Andre Smith who rules the room like a sly prince; the bearish yet tender Ron Grant; the high-spirited (and high-kicking) Damara Lynn Green, in fright wig and patent leather corset; the aching tenor of Clayton Bryant; and, perhaps most transporting of all, the sinewy, funked-up, and staggeringly talented Wallace Gary, whose rendition of Stevie Wonder’s “Jesus Children of America” (accompanied by guitar commando Sherod Burnes) may be the reason God created Thursdays.Go. Get ye to the Sugar Bar. But, please, don’t tell anyone!”

“Ashford & Simpson were expertly backed up by their Music Director Pete Cannarozzi on piano, Valerie Ghent on keyboards and vocals, Eluriel “Tinker” Barfield on bass, Bernard “Pocket” Davis on drums and Clayton Bryant on vocals. These are present day Funk Brothers.”