American singer-songwriter, JD Clayton, was born the son of a preacher-man and an oil painter in a small river city on the Arkansas/Oklahoma border called Fort Smith. He fell deeply in love with music on Sunday mornings while sitting in wooden pews at his church. Later, while attending the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, JD started a band with another student that he met in music appreciation class. He began experimenting with the art of songwriting. It was as if he had just opened up a door to a distant universe. Songwriting became an escape where he could build his own world and all of its fantasies. To help pay for gasoline and the occasional date night, JD started playing shows on the university campus and in local dive bars. After graduating, JD packed his bags, left his roots, and took off for the big city of Nashville, TN. It was in Nashville that he recorded his debut EP ‘Smoke out the Fire’ which was released in early November of 2018.