With her natural performing ability and dynamic vocal styling, Chiara C. Clayton, leader of the band the Chiara Chanel Experience is a born entertainer. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan Chiara has been singing since the age of 8. In her impressive professional career, Chiara C. Clayton has opened for such stars as Donnell Jones, Case, Marlena Shaw, Alexander O’Neal, Ronnie Laws, and Public Announcement. She is the winner of the 2001 Detroit Big Brother & Big Sisters Telethon Talent Show and the first runner up of the 2004 “GIMME THE MIKE” Singing Competition given by WDIV Channel 4 in Detroit. She has been featured with some of the premiere bands of Detroit that include David Myles and Mylestone, Kaleidoscope, The Duane Parham Society, Notorious and Lin Roundtree.
She has also been featured at the annual United Auto Group Winner Circle Gala of Penske Corporation in Las Vegas, Nevada and was hand-selected by the CEO, Mr. Roger Penske himself. She was featured in the “Stars of Ballet & Broadway” benefit musical for the Music Hall of Detroit and in also in the Detroit productions of Fame The Musical and Perilous Time. She has performed for organizations like the NAACP- Detroit Chapter, American Cancer Society, Alternatives for Girls, Looking For My Sister, and the Downtown Detroit Partnership.
She has performed for the annual Detroit Winter Blast and Arts Beats & Eats. She has also sung the National Anthem for the Detroit Grand Prix and for the Detroit Tigers and Oakland University Golden Grizzlies. She can be seen currently performing at the Motown Bistro in Detroit’s Eastern Market with her band Elevation.
She is a graduate of Regina High School in Warren, MI and Oakland University in Rochester, MI. Ms. Clayton also works for the Area Agency on Aging 1B as the Communications and Outreach Specialist. She is also an active member Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc-Lambda Pi Omega Chapter.