Totally blind musician, vocalist, producer, songwriter, music arranger, recording artist, and owner and founder of Verdict Records LLC Rod Clemmons has finally released his debut contemporary R&B and Neo Soul album, “What’s Up? It’s Me.”
Rod is a native of Pine Bluff Arkansas, the son of the late University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff head basketball coach and athletic director emeritus H. O. Clemmons and the late educator Faye Clemmons. He began his formal classical piano training at the age of three with a teacher on the U.A.P.B. campus before attending the Arkansas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. While at ASB he continued his piano training with famed Little Rock teacher Jeanne Boyce. As a result he began entering piano competitions winning several awards and scholarship offers.
Clemmons was awarded a full scholarship to attend the prestigious Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where he graduated with honors with a BM degree in classical piano performance. While at I.U. He discovered his love for pop music production and arranging. He moved on to Louisville KY forming a band and playing in several clubs in the then thriving local club scene.
Three years later he took his skills to New York City where he appeared in the progressive rock band, Manhattan Project as well as other rock and R&B groups including Arrested Development. Rod began his independent record label and production company Verdict Records in the mid 90s and produced many album projects with singles enjoying much national radio airplay.
Rod has now released his debut project as a writer producer and recording artist, “What’s Up? It’s Me.” The album’s first single, the title track, climbed to number 3 on the FMQB top 200 adult contemporary radio chart.