W. Clifford Petty
Mr. W. Clifford Petty is a native of Eufaula, Alabama. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Vocal Music Performance (1991) and Master of Music Education (1999) degrees from Alabama State University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and received the Presser Scholarship, which is the highest honor given to a music student. He is a singer, musician, recording artist, producer, composer and arranger with several works to his credit.
Mr. Petty spent the first decade of his professional career teaching music at the historic Saint Jude High School in Montgomery, Alabama, where he also served as Chairman of the Fine Arts Department. During this time, he also served as District Music Supervisor for the Montgomery District of the Churches of God in Christ. Clifford has served as Music Clinician, workshop presenter, and performer at numerous conferences, conventions and Catholic/Protestant churches throughout this country and abroad. An active conductor, composer, educator, and clinician, Petty has taught choral music at the elementary, secondary, and university levels.
Presently, he is the Pastoral Musician, and Artist in Residence Resurrection Catholic Church in Montgomery, Alabama. He also teaches music at Resurrection Catholic School. He has served on the Board of Directors for several Charitable Foundations and Organizations. Petty is a member of several organizations and associations including the Thurston G. Frazier Memorial Chorale, The Good Ground Ensemble, The American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), Music Educators National Conference (MENC), Alabama Vocal Association (AVA) National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM), Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Professional Music Fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and Knights of Peter Claver. He has received such honors as: Marquis Who’s Who in America, Metropolitan Who’s Who Among Executives & Professionals, Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities, Outstanding College Students of America, Phi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society, Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Honor Society, Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society, Alabama State Governor and Democratic Party’s Excellence in Teaching Award and numerous others.
Mr. Petty is also a composer, producer and recording artist with many works published through World Library Publications, the music and liturgy division of J.S. Paluch Company, Inc. His music has been showcased at the (AGO) American Guild of Organist Convention in Chicago, L.A. Religious Education Congress, and the National Pastoral Musicians Convention (NPM). Some of Mr. Petty’s works were featured in the Liturgy Training Publication Sourcebook: an almanac for parish liturgy. Several of his published works are also included in Voices as One and in the GIA hymnal, Lead Me Guide Me, Vol.2.
Mr. Petty’s solo debut CD entitled In Spirit and Truth was released in March of 2006. This CD earned him the nomination for New Male Vocalist at the 2006 Unity Awards. Cliff’s CD was also highlighted in the 2006 fall issue of Grape Vine Magazine and 2008 spring issue of the Sinfonia Resonance. Petty’s sophomore CD, Touch Jesus was released in March of 2009. Cliff wrote and produced “I Can Not Tell It All” CD recorded by the United Voices of Resurrection Choir. He has also recorded with the Alabama State University Choir; Alabama State COGIC Mass Choir; and with recording artists Barbara Frost, John Angotti, Thomas W. Jefferson, Kenneth Louis, Richard Cheri and Jalonda Robertson.
His latest album is We Are Filled With Joy and was the first to be interviewed on WLP’s official podcast, World Library Podcast.
Finally, Mr. Petty was commissioned to write the theme song for the 2008 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress which is the largest annual gathering of Catholics in the United States with roughly 45,000 people attending. Petty was the first African-American to receive this honor.
Recordings and Sample Music:
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Click & Print Lead Sheets
I Will Praise Your Name Forever: Ps. 145 | Lord It Is Good to Give Thanks: Ps. 92 | Take Me to the Water | The Lord Hears the Cry of the Poor: Ps. 34 | We Are Filled With Joy! Psalm 126
Octavo and/or Click & Print
Come, Magnify the Lord With Me – Click and Print – Octavo | Feed Us Lord – Click & Print – Octavo | Glory to God – Click and Print – Octavo | Go Out – Click & Print – Octavo | Have Mercy On Us for We Have Sinned: Ps. 51 – Click & Print – Octavo | I Know I’ve Been Changed – Click & Print – Octavo | I Will Praise Your Name Forever: Ps. 145 – Click and Print – Octavo | I Will Take the Cup of Salvation/Our Blessing Cup: Ps. 116 – Click & Print – Octavo | If Today You Hear His Voice: Ps. 95 – Octavo | Let All the Nations Praise You: Ps. 67 – Click and Print – Octavo | Let the Children Come to Me – Click and Print – Octavo | Lord It Is Good to Give Thanks: Ps. 92 – Click & Print – Octavo | Rejoice and Be Glad – Click & Print – Octavo | Take Me to the Water – Click and Print – Octavo | The Lord Hears the Cry of the Poor: Ps. 34 – Click and Print – Octavo | The Mass of New Beginnings – Click and Print | Through the Eyes of God – Click and Print – Octavo | Touch Jesus – Click and Print – Octavo | We Are Filled With Joy! Ps. 126 – Click & Print – Octavo | We’re Waiting for You, Lord – Click & Print – Octavo | Why Have You Abandoned Me?: Ps. 22 – Click and Print – Octavo