After graduating from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theater Design, and from the Stephen M. Boss School of Business at the University of Michigan with an MBA degree, Clay Hutson began working in the entertainment industry as a production manager for Get A Grip Touring, a company he’s been with since 1999, and he later became the Vice President of Production for Ronin Event Creative in 2001. Over the years, he has been responsible for putting live shows together for music artists such as Pink, Kanye West, Guns ‘N Roses and Jennifer Nettles. He has also worked as the stage manager for the legendary singer and musician Prince.
One of the things Clay Hutson says he tries to do when helping artists put on an enjoyable live show is take their thoughts and feelings into consideration so that they can create a unique experience for their audiences. He has been known to work tirelessly to make sure that the artists’ stage performances are memorable and fulfilling. He feels that since he has been a part of the entertainment and tour production industry for a long amount of time, he usually knows what’s going to work and what’s not going to work. He expressed that in order to handle his production duties effectively, he likes to stay 3 steps ahead of himself. When he has a tour to work on, he gets out of bed at 6:30 am and goes over his schedule, then he makes detailed plans so he’ll be prepared for what direction he’ll need to take in order to help his clients put on their best shows.
Clay Hutson is currently working on Kid Rock’s Red-Blooded Rock N Roll Redneck Extravaganza Tour, which is the controversial entertainer’s 2nd US tour in 2018, and he’s also managing the 2018 world tour of singer Halsey, which is called The Hopeless Fountain Kingdom Tour. The talented production manager says that one of the trends he is most excited about in the music industry today is the technological advances that are now being used when it comes to live music.