A native of Alabama, Cliff had his first chart success at the age of 19 while still attending the University of Alabama. After moving to Nashville upon graduation, Cliff began to write and record demos which led to a pop record deal at Atlantic Records in New York. Cliff was signed by legendary Ahmet Ertegun, who also produced his first album. Cliff began writing in Los Angeles with Hall of Fame writer, Randy Goodrum ("I Needed You").
Cliff and RANDY GOODRUM wrote and produced several songs for EMI Artist Wendy Moten, which went to number one in Japan.
"The Story of My Life" from the Pop Songs Vol. 1 CD
Cliff had two songs recorded by WYNONNA JUDD which he co-wrote with writer-vocalist David Pack of Abrosia and legendary film composer James Newton-Howard.
Cliff has also written songs for jazz artist RICHARD ELLIOTT. In addition, he has had songs recorded by B.J. THOMAS, BAD COMPANY, GLENN CAMPBELL, as well as NUMBER ONE SONGS for contemporary Christian artists "SIERRA" and "LISA BEVILL."
One of the highlights of his career was producing a star-studded single for Atlantic Records called "ONE HEART AT A TIME." Artists on this project included GARTH BROOKS, MICHAEL MCDONALD, FAITH HILL, OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN AND MANY OTHERS.
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