Claude Kelly Biography
He began playing the piano at the age of 2 and by middle school mastered the flute. He attended Riverdale Country School and then Boston's prestigious Berklee College of Music. He then returned to New York City. Through networking and word of mouth, Kelly met as many producers as he could, and by 2002 had written a song that ended up a compilation by the Japanese clothing line A Bathing Ape. “It was a lucky break,” he said. “It boosted my confidence.”
Kelly got his big break when he wrote the song, “Daddy’s Little Girl” for Frankie J’s 2006 album, Priceless. Although it didn’t chart well, he said, watching his song go from recording to mixing to mastering to music video was the confirmation that he needed to press on. Kelly’s work so impressed Akon that in late 2007, the singer suggested Kelly write to some of his music, one of which was “Forgive Me”, written for Leona Lewis’ debut album and produced by Akon respectively. Another song he wrote was “Hold My Hand” which was set to feature on Akon’s third album, however the song leaked and it was decided not to be included in the album. The song, which features Michael Jackson, is the first single to be released from Michael (Jackson's first posthumous studio album). At present, he’s working with Whitney Houston and Christina Aguilera.
Kelly has written songs for Kelly Clarkson ("My Life Would Suck Without You") Britney Spears ("Circus") and Chrisette Michele.
Kelly has also written songs for Leona Lewis ("Forgive Me"), Whitney Houston and Fantasia Barrino.
Kelly has since been tapped to write songs for R. Kelly, the Backstreet Boys, Christina Aguilera, Carrie Underwood, Toni Braxton, as well as Melanie Fiona, Nonnie, Adam Lambert and Miley Cyrus' "Party in the U.S.A.", which debuted at #2 on Billboard Hot 100.
Kelly co-wrote Jessie J's "Price Tag", for which he received credit as "Moonhead".