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Daily Inspiration: Meet Shareef Clayton

Today we’d like to introduce you to Shareef Clayton.

Hi Shareef, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I started off as a drummer and then switched to trumpet in the 5th grade. My father was a saxophonist and we would play duets together. This was always fun for me. The summer going into my sophomore year of high school I studied with trumpeter Melton Mustafa at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center in Miami. His trumpet playing and teaching was on the highest level and it inspired me to do this as a profession.

I currently have toured and performed all over the world with so many wonderful artist and my own band.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
There is nothing smooth about the music business lol. Music and business are two different things.

One of the things I’ve learned more about is financial management and education myself on financial literacy. When you’re on tour it’s very easy to get in the mindset that you are on a paid vacation when the goal is to make money. Also managing your money so that you can live comfortable when you are not performing.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m a trumpeter, bandleader, entertainer, composer.

I’m most proud of not giving up. Setting out a goal and making it happen.

From a musical perspective my compositions separate me because it’s my personal sound. I’m also a showman which makes my shows entertaining to watch. This is what makes me different.

Where do you see things going in the next 5-10 years?
The industry evolves everyday so It’s difficult to pin point. I think the sound will change for sure because that happens every decade.

Hopefully the changes are for the good

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Image Credits
The picture with me wearing a tie is “Jett Drolette” The others I am not certain

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