CLEER Biography In this day of explicit and in-yo-face lyrics and melody-less soul, it will be very refreshing for audiences to get an opportunity to listen to an artist whose music contains meaningful lyrics, passionate vocals, real instrumentation along with a sense of sophistication and soul. That truly talented, diverse newcomer is Clearthur Lee Jr. aka Cleer. Born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama, Cleer represents the next generation of great singer-songwriter-performers. Vocally influenced and inspired by the likes of Stevie Wonder, Maxwell, Luther Vandross, R.Kelly, James Ingram and John Legend - Cleer is a true musical Renaissance man. Some may even attest that Cleer's vocals are part Smokey Robinson, part Maxwell with a nod of inspiration from Howard Hewett. And that's a good thing! What makes Cleer so unique is that he is an artistic chameleon. Recording artist and accomplished percussionist, he is also adept in the fields of painting, drawing and sculpting. And, he has a love for fashion. "I think I'm just one big artistic expression," he says. "It can go in any direction. I just live for that kind of stuff." Into music since he could walk, Cleer says "I was born this way. Some things are just kind of inexplicable." His mother was a gospel singer in their local church, and he credits Helen Mason, owner of the renowned Black Theater Troupe in Phoenix, AZ. as another individual who personally had a hand in his artistic development. Cleer's album is an eclectic mix of up-tempo songs, ballads, and future classic gems-long missing music in the current adult urban contemporary radio scene. Not to be relegated to one format, Cleer's musical appeal is cross generational, cross cultural and has garnered impressive success in a wide range of musical formats. Numerous notable songwriters have come on board to collaborate with Cleer. Among them are Wanya Morris of Boyz II Men, Marc Kinchen, Will Smith, David Cater [sic] and Terrell Carter (known from his work in the Tyler Perry Madea plays). "I love the creative process," states Cleer. "I love working with other people. I've been so accustomed to performing in front of a live audience, that getting in to the studio and recording was not only a great learning experience but a cool and cathartic one as well. It was a chance for me to exact many of the creative musical ideas that I had in my mind." Atop those ideas is the CD's first single, a feel-good, mid-tempo track titled, "So Good." With it's guitar-led melody, memorable hook and powerful vocals \'So Good\' recently debuted on Bilboard\'s Bubbling Under - R&B/Hip Hop Singles Chart at NUMBER ONE!(2008-08-09) Cleer's debut album "A Cleer Day" is a source of inspiration. Cleer is an artist who truly embraces his art form and penchant for creative expression. "There is only abundance in life and I am inspired by so many things," he says. "First, I am in awe of creation; when I see a sapling that grows into a tree, or think of a human seed that grows in a woman's womb, I am amazed. When I look into the heavens and see the stars, I am humbled. Human beings that emerge and triumph in living out their dreams inspire me. They remain with me as an example of not only the possibilities, but as a real example of achievement, because I am for real. I try to always have something to give. I try to be inspiring. I strive to have determination and spirituality emanate from me. I hope that everyone finds the things in their lives which are truly rewarding." Music, undoubtedly, is Cleer's rich reward!
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