The 65-year-old, whose stellar singing career has paired her with the likes of such performing dynamos as Ray Charles (as one of The Raelettes), Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, and The BlackByrds (she was the powerhouse female voice on their R&B 70’s mega hit “Rockcreek Park”), reportedly suffered major trauma in her lower extremities and has a long road to recovery from the accident.
Clayton was featured in the Academy Award-winning 2013 documentary film “20 Feet From Stardom,” which delved in to the lives of backup singers who breathe life in to the songs of some of the greatest musical icons. The film was a tribute to these unsung voices who span a range of genres and eras of popular music.
Watch the “20 Feet from Stardom” trailer here:
After the film’s incredible success, Clayton enjoyed a renewed interest in her career and a compilation of her ’70s solo work, entitled “The Best of Merry Clayton,” which was released in June of last year. Soon after, Clayton was interviewed by Rolling Stone, where she stated, “It’s been a beautiful, precious run and I am loooo-ving it.”
The following information has been posted about the accident and her condition:
She has a long road of recovery ahead and we thank you all for your prayers as we link arms together with faith and the Lord’s strength for her rapid healing. For all that know her personally, and those that have been blessed by her God-given talents, please know that her spirit is very strong and her faith unwavering. Her voice is not silenced and His praises continue to be on her lips.
We do ask that you please respect her and her family’s privacy during this difficult time.