A natural-born vocalist, Clerel nurtured his taste for melody in his native Cameroon, where he grew up singing along anything from church hymns to french folk songs.
Clerel was introduced to the world of soul music following a chance encounter with Barack Obama's teasing rendition of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together", and a visit to Memphis further deepened his appreciation for the genre. The stylings of artists such as Otis Redding & Sam Cooke made a strong impression which can be felt today in Clerel's music.
Currently based in Montreal, Clerel performs today as a singer-songwriter playing music steeped in the soul tradition, while freely borrowing from genres such as reggae or afrobeat.
In addition to his solo endeavours, Clerel also serves as lead vocalist in funk/Rhythm & Blues outfit The Hurt, while also holding down voice and guitar duties in afro-soul trio Only the Righteous.