Clifton Coates

last updated 12/31/2017

Clifton T. Coates

Founder and Senior Consultant at The Coates Entertainment Group LLC

P.O. Box 2693, Upper Marlboro, Maryland, United States
HQ Phone:
(301) 523-7250

General Information


Singer and Songwriter, Actor, Voiceover Artist, Narrator, On and Off Camera - AFTRA

Director - Professional Development Center

Director of Career Services - University of the District of Columbia

Singer and Songwriter, Actor, Voiceover Artist, Narrator, On and Off Camera - Screen Actors Guild Inc



Singer Member - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists

Publisher Member - American Society of Composers , Authors and Publishers

Voting Member - The GRAMMY Foundation

Member - National Speakers Association

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Clifton Coates - Motivational Speaker, Keynote Speaker, Inspirational Speaker, Entertainer
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She would often put young Clifton on display in front of her friends and relatives, at the many lavish parties that she would throw when they moved out of the projects in Washington D.C. and into their new house in Southeast D.C.
Little did Clifton know that in those early days when, at age 6 or 7, he sang in front of home audiences, he was receiving valuable training for his future performances in professional venues. After joining the Plummer Elementary School glee club, Clifton realized that he liked to sing and overcame stage fright early by performing in many of the school's seasonal assemblies and occasionally singing solo. Around this time, Clifton's mother arranged for Clifton and his brothers to take piano lessons. The public singing engagement that Clifton recognized as the first true test of his performing prowess was the talent show at Walker Mill Junior High School, in the Prince George's County, Maryland Public School System. Clifton distinctly remembers approaching his brother after one of his group's rehearsal in their basement in Seat Pleasant, Maryland to ask his advice on "finding his voice. His brother then placed the album "The Temptations Sing Smokey" on a turntable on their mother's stereo and played the song, "The Way You Do The Things You Do. He told Clifton to find his voice in that song. After playing the song hundreds of times and learning the lead and background vocals of the song. From time forward, Clifton knew that he was a second tenor. Clifton Coates spent the next several years singing in bands in the Washington, D.C. and Prince George's County, Maryland area, serving as front man and lead vocalist, but knew that the sometimes demanding vocal styles of 60's and 70's R&B groups didn't mesh with his smooth vocal style, preferring the styles of Sammy Davis Jr., Sam Cooke, Nat King Cole, Otis Redding, Frank Sinatra and other contemporary pop, jazz and swing style vocalist. Steve introduced Clifton to the music of Billy Joel, Barry Manilow, Kenny Loggins and Elton John and other soft rock and pop artists. Clifton realized that these pop artists, and many like them, had a relaxed vocal style which suited his voice better than the intense, full throttle vocal style of conventional soul singing. Clifton later met Eddie Hayter, a piano virtuoso, and they formed the jazz band "Kashmir," performing jazz and pop standards. After leaving Kashmir, Clifton established himself as a solo artist, under the management of Yul Itias Artist Management, with the late Isaiah "Zeke" Lurry as his vocal coach and manager. He had yet to become the singer/songwriter that he yearned to be. He felt that singing other songwriters' music was preventing him from spreading a message of healing to his audience, his followers. Clifton felt that the music that was produced in the 80s and 90s forced the positive and socially conscious musicians to kowtow to the interest of the corporate music machine. Clifton wanted to develop a personal musical style with familiar musical influences. He wanted his music to give voice to the times and to speak the sentiments of the people. He wanted to make music with messages of healing and peace that were similar to those of Earth Wind and Fire, John Lennon, Peter, Paul and Mary, Marvin Gaye, Donnie Hathaway, Bob Dillon, and Stevie Wonder, to name a few. In the disco era, and in the early days of hip hop, Clifton Coates honed his skills as a singer/songwriter, knowing that the music of consciousness would resurface, particularly because of the international outcry of people who wanted to listen to healing songs again. Clifton's music is spiritual; he fashions his lyrics to expose and embrace universal subjects. Clifton Coates is a writer and publisher member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, Publishers (ASCAP), a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) and a Singer member of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA).

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Our Board of Directors

Mr. Clifton Coates, is a Board Member with a background in education, a former vice principal of Calvin Coolidge High School, in Washington, DC.
Mr. Coates is a life coach and motivational speaker. He is currently working on his doctorate.

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