Oct 20, 2015
For immediate release by:
Alan Abrahams, Manager of Merry Clayton
The Abrahams Company
On June 16th 2014 our beloved Merry Clayton was involved in a near fatal car accident on a Los Angeles freeway.
As previously announced at that time the renowned singer “suffered profound trauma to her lower extremities.” To her immediate, intimate circle the news was devastating. Some read between the lines, others knew what now the rest of the world knows that on that fateful day, Ms. Clayton lost both of her legs at the knees in the accident.
Bloodied but never bowed, we are happy to announce her remarkable journey of recovery through her intensive hard work, her doctors, surgeons and physiotherapists she is well on her way with her new prosthesis regimen to her “triumphant return” to performing and recording her new album in 2016.
Therefore it is with deep humility and honor that she accepts the first annual “Clark and Gwen Terry Courage Award” from The Jazz Foundation of America. Their gala event is on October 22, 2015 at the Apollo Theater – “A Great Night in Harlem”.
Lifted in the love and prayers of her family, friends and fans the world over, she is taking every determined step with joy and faith for “what God has ordained me to do in this season of my life for His glory.”
From the first moment she was awakened by her surgeon and he advised her of what had happened, her response was, “…Doctor, I may not now have all my body parts…” and as she touched her heart continued, “…BUT I STILL HAVE THIS VOICE!”
Indeed she does. And evidence of Merry’s unbroken spirit was provided when, in the summer of 2015, she was asked to use that incredible voice on the upcoming album by Coldplay.
June 19, 2014
It is with deep regret, but also deep gratitude, that we announce the following about our beloved Merry Clayton. At approximately 3:30 p.m. Monday, June 16, 2014, Merry was involved in a major automobile accident in Los Angeles, California. Merry sustained severe injuries to her lower body, including major trauma to her lower extremities. We are truly grateful that our dear Merry is still with us.
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.