I’m excited to begin this year for a few reasons. I’m going to be traveling to South Africa. I was asked to play drums for the Swarthmore College Alumni Gospel Choir. We have a South Africa Performance Tour in collaboration with First United Methodist Church of Germantown. We are traveling to Johannesburg, Soweto, Bedfordview, Pilanesberg National Park, Langa Township, Table Mountain, Robben Island, Cape Point, and Cape Town. I’ve never been to any country in Africa and cant wait to see this one. I hear it’s beautiful.
In March, I am performing with young performers from the Weill Music Institute’s program. I will share the stage with some talented young musicians in an event titled “A Time Like This: Music For Change” at Carnegie Hall on March 11th at 3PM. Kenny Seymour is the musical director and I am really looking forward to performing here.
In June and July I will be continuing what was started in California last fall. I will be traveling to Washington D.C. to be a part of the pre-Broadway run of the amazing musical “Ain’t Too Proud – The Life And Times of The Temptations.” We will be in the Eisenhower Theater from Tuesday June 19th until Sunday July 22nd. The show enjoyed its critically acclaimed, record-breaking world premiere at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, where it became the highest-grossing production in the venue’s nearly 50-year history.
I had my first show subbing at Spongebob Squarepants last week and will be back subbing for an AMAZING drummer (Damien Bassman) from time to time there. It’s such a fun show to play and even more fun to watch from the audience. I saw it with my girlfriend and highly recommend it.
Clayton Craddock is a stay-at-home father of two children in New York City. He has a B.B.A from Howard University’s School of Business and is also a 18 year veteran of the fast paced New York City music scene. He has played drums with music legends such as Chuck Berry and The Stylistics and has played in a number of hit Broadway musicals including “tick…tick…BOOM, Memphis the Musical and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill with Audra McDonald. He has also worked on her a number of musicals; Footloose, Motown, The Color Purple, Bare, The First Wives Club, The Last Goodbye, Rent, Little Shop of Horrors, Evita, Cats, Spongebob Squarepants, and Avenue Q. Clayton is currently the drummer in a new Broadway bound musical titled Ain’t Too Proud.
Clayton has written for A Voice For Men, The Good Men Project and is writing a memoir about fatherhood.