Clifton Massey countertenor, was raised on a steady diet of country & western, bluegrass, and other close-harmony singing in Dallas, TX. These early influences instilled a love of pure tone and ensemble work, leading to rich musical experiences in a variety of styles. He has participated in the Ojai Festival, Tanglewood Music Festival, Oregon Bach Festival, and the early-music festivals of Berkeley, Boston, and Utrecht. He collaborates frequently with notable early-music ensembles such as the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, and the American Classical Orchestra. He is an alumnus of the Grammy-award-winning group Chanticleer. Highlights of recent seasons include performing with pop icon Madonna at the Met Gala, modern premieres of Bassani’s Giona and Stradella’s La Susanna with the Academy of Sacred Music, and performing in the inaugural two month installation of Reich Richter Pärt at The Shed, a vibrant new venue in NYC. Clifton is thankful for many upcoming projects during this troubling time for the arts, including recordings with Yale Choral Artists, the Bach Vespers series at Holy Trinity Lutheran in NYC, The Thirteen, and True Concord based in Tucson, AZ.
Clifton is based in Brooklyn NY, and sings full time with the professional choir of Trinity Church Wall Street under the direction of Julian Wachner. He holds degrees from TCU and the Indiana University Historical Performance Institute.