Clay Crosse grew up in Memphis, Tennessee and became a Christian at the age of thirteen. He married his high school sweetheart, Renee. Initially, Clay worked as a courier for FedEx for six years. Clay released his first album, My Place Is with You, in 1994. I Surrender All was the most successful single from the album.
Clay became known for other singles such as He Walked a Mile in My Shoes and Saving the World. He won the Dove Award for Best New Artist of the Year at the 25th GMA Dove Awards in 1995. Clay’s music has a pop/soulful style. Nine songs from his first four projects became No. 1 singles. During this period, He Walked a Mile in My Shoes won the 1997 CCM Adult Contemporary Song of the Year. He also collaborated with Bob Carlisle and BeBe Winans on I Will Follow Christ, which won a Dove Award for Inspirational Song of the Year.
After the release of Christmas with Clay Crosse, Clay served as worship pastor for The Love of Christ (TLC) Community Church in Memphis under head pastor, the late Dana Key (of the Christian Rock group DeGarmo and Key). He now serves as worship pastor at Faith Baptist Church, Arlington TN. Clay continues to sing and lead worship at events nationwide.
Clay and his wife Renee have been married since 1990 and have four children, two of which were adopted from China. Along with his singing appearances, Clay and Renee run their ministry, Holy Homes, leading marriage events nationwide, and serving as spokespeople for Holt International Adoption.