My guest today released his first album which featured the song I Surrender All in 1994

He became known for singles such as “I Surrender All” “Midnight Cry” “He Walked A Mile” “Saving The World” and “I Will Follow Christ.”

He won the Dove Award for “New Artist of the Year” at the 25th GMA Dove Awards in 1994.

Nine songs from his first four albums became No. 1 singles.

During this period, his He Walked A Mile won the 1997 CCM Adult Contemporary Song of the Year. In 1999, his song “”I Will Follow Christ” won the Dove Award for Inspirational song Of the Year.

Clay served as worship pastor under head pastor Dana Key (of the Christian Rock group DeGarmo and Key).

Clay married Renee Kennedy in 1990. They have four children, Shelby (1993), Savannah (1997), Garrett, (1999, adopted from China in 2007), and Sophie (2005, adopted from China in 2005).

Clay and Renee Crosse co-wrote a book with Mark Tabb titled, I Surrender All. Clay also authored the book Dashboard Jesus. Renee has authored the books Rare Girl and Reclaiming Stolen Intimacy.