Join us on the terrace for complimentary live music from 1:00PM-5:00PM by Scott Clay & Nick Mardon.
A songwriter whose music is sincere, heartfelt and powerful fusion of folk and soul, Scott Clay was born in 1982 in Spokane, Washington. Born Scott Schweiger, he grew up in a household where gospel music was favored, and his family’s participation at their hometown church reinforced these roots.
When he was fourteen, Scott discovered his mother’s classical guitar in his bedroom closet and taught himself to sing and play. By his early college years Scott found himself exposed to his first studio sessions with his college-band ‘Back to One’ where they released an EP entitled ‘Shimmer and Fade’ in 2001. In 2005, Scott moved to Seattle where he quickly met up with producer David Loy and began work on his first full-length album ‘Colorful Thing’. After its release in 2007, Scott moved to South America to spend years volunteering and traveling, where the material for his second full-length album ‘Price of a Life’ was written.
When he returned to Seattle, Scott recorded and released ‘Price of a Life’ in 2017, which was self-produced and mixed by Jordan Borders. Later that year, Scott met long-time producer and engineer Conrad Uno, and together they recorded ‘Fool’s Journey’ which was released in late 2017. In 2018, Scott was introduced to Johnny Sangster and Rachel Field of Crackle and Pop Studios where they recorded and released his ‘Garden Songs’ EP in 2018 and ‘Summer Lullabies’ EP in 2019.
From an early age Nick had an interest in music. He started Guitar lessons at age 7 and soon after picked up Drums at age 10. Nick has studied extensively with Masa Kobayashi, Jeffrey McCormack, Jay Roberts, Greg Williamson, Randy Hansen and Milo Petersen. Nick has attended clinics and seminars with Steve Vai, Zack Wylde, Al Di Meola, John Pettrucci, Carlos Alomar, Bryan Carter, Walter Blanding, and more.
Early on Nick’s biggest influences were Rock bands like ACDC and Led Zeppelin, but as he studied with different teachers he developed a passion for Jazz, Blues, Latin Music, Fusion, and many other styles of music. Nick has spent extensive time studying the playing of Howard Roberts, Eric Johnson, Guthrie Govan, Steve Vai, and Robben Ford Now Nick has done over 200 gigs in styles ranging from Jazz to Metal.