Merry Clayton, Admired Backup Singer, Seriously Injured In Car Accident
Merry Clayton, famed backup singer featured in 20 Feet From Stardom, was seriously injured in a Los Angeles car accident on Monday, June 16.
Clayton, 65, is known for her work with the Rolling Stones on Gimmie Shelter, not to mention her long resume, which includes singing alongside Ray Charles, Carole King and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Recently, Clayton was a featured subject in the documentary 20 Feet From Stardom, which won the Oscar for Best Documentary in March.
Merry Clayton "Sustained Severe Injuries"
Clayton’s manager Alan Abrahams posted a statement to her official website alerting fans of Clayton’s condition.
“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,” reads the statement.
The statement goes on to thank fans for prayers and well wishes sent Clayton’s way, stating, “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.”
Will have Merry Clayton in my thoughts tonight as she recovers from a terrible crash. We need your voice Merry. #getwellsoon
— josh groban (@joshgroban) June 22, 2014
Dedicated my song "beautiful life" to Merry Clayton as she recovers from her car accident. Keep praying. https://t.co/Pzbjln6M66
— Judith Hill (@Judith_Hill) June 22, 2014