Active on the national scene for over 20 years, Clay Krasner has been working behind the scenes in the supporting role for years as a bassist on many records and on tour (a role he continues on tours with artists such as platinum-selling country artists Terri Clark and Ty Herndon and pop superstar Brian Littrell from the multi-million selling Backstreet Boys). After several years as band leader / music director for several national touring artists and other musical scenarios as well as playing bass on hundreds of sessions, it was a natural and logical move for him to branch out and step into the producing arena. As it turned out, Clay’s first official foray into the producing arena resulted in the international critically acclaimed record Where Does The Time Go for Canadian singer/songwriter RyLee Madison (who co-produced the album). Where Does The Time Go received the 2013 East Coast Music Award (Canada) for Country Recording of the Year. Since then, Clay and RyLee produced a 3-song RyLee Madison Christmas EP (Christmas Christmas) and then officially formed their music production company 7-17 Music. Under the newly formed 7-17 Music, Clay and RyLee completed production on a new project for country artist Melody Lovejoy from Edmonton, Alberta, titled Letting Go that was released in Fall 2014. Then in 2015, they completed work on new records for Stephanie Rose (Go Where The Wind Takes You) from Saskatchewan and Ben Klick (Today) from British Columbia, as well as Live In Nashville, a new acoustic record for RyLee Madison herself. Recently, Clay and RyLee have been working on new music again with both Ben Klick and Stephanie Rose as well as Brooklyn Blackmore, an exciting young artist from Nova Scotia.
Read reviews below and see some of the nods toward RyLee Madison’s record, Where Does The Time Go. And listen to samples of each track from RyLee’s Where Does The Time Go album, Christmas EP as well as music by a few other artists 7-17 Music has produced at the bottom of the page after the album reviews section.
Clay and RyLee have a discerning ear for great songs as well the most tasteful arrangements and treatments for your recording project. RyLee isis an award-winning artist and songwriter and has had many of her songs recorded by other artists and Clay is a seasoned and experienced session bassist. Together as 7-17 Music they draw from a notable list of other first class musicians and engineers to further contribute in bringing your music to life. Many of the Nashville session musicians Clay & RyLee work with record for artists such as Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Dan & Shay, Hunter Hayes, Norah Jones, Kacey Musgraves, Amy Grant, Blake Shelton, Kenny Loggins and Rascal Flatts, to name but a few.
Music News Nashville (March 2012) — “This album is produced by Madison, along with busy session-and-tour-bass-player husband Clay Krasner. Together, they’ve assembled eleven solid tracks written or co-written by the artist, and there’s no fluff to be found….
There’s no doubt this record is located in the country music solar system of things, yet there are occasional flare-ups of other genres, such as the see-ya-honey sassy Texas Swing, “Run” and the charmed Celtic-arranged “Salt in the Air,” with fiddle and tin whistle, is a homesick homage to her homeland. A duet with Christian artist David Huff (David & The Giants), “Plenty of Angels,” sends off the record with a zing…and a prayer.
Madison interprets head-nodding melodies with devastating heart (“December Leave Me Alone”), as well as easy-going kind of conviction (“It Can’t Be That Bad”). Country band Due West joins her on the title track to help round out what is a top-notch Nashville debut.”
Music Maker magazine, UK (June 2012) — “Well, the name screams country but in this instance we’re north of the border and RyLee Madison is one of Canada’s rising stars. Ten accomplished, accessible easy-on-the ear songs, with a reprised duet, signal the reason. The voice is genre specific but the music rocks in at the contemporary end of the spectrum, devoid of any cloying sentimentality and with occasional room for other devices and desires…
There’s no hogging of the limelight here – RyLee strums and picks at a Takamine acoustic but has assembled such a strong entourage of musicians around her that the album is instrumentally multi-faceted and the band is up there with her all the way. Is there anything better around at the moment on the country scene? Somehow I doubt it.”
That Nashville Sound blogspot also listed the track “Run” from RyLee Madison’s album Where Does The Time Go as one of the Top 100 (and something) Songs of 2012.