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Claude Kelly has received his first Record of the Year (The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award) nomination at the 2011 Soul Train Awards for co-writing Michael Jackson’s hit single “Hold My Hand” (duet with Akon), along with Aliaune Thiam (Akon) and Giorgio Tuinfort.

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Having inked an indelible name for himself penning hits for the likes of Bruno Mars, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Whitney Houston and countless “American Idol” and UK “The X Factor” alumni, Grammy-nominated songwriter/producer

“Hold My Hand” was the lead single off Michael Jackson’s posthumous album, MICHAEL. The 2011 Soul Train Awards air on November 27, 2011 on BET and Centric.

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As if that was not already great news for the songwriter who’s Tumblr social media blog (http://claudekelly.tumblr.com/) was just named #8 on The Unofficial Billboard Tumblr Top 30 in the 10/29/11 issue of Billboard, Claude Kelly was tapped by the producers of FOX’s “The X Factor” to be one of the show’s Vocal Producers/Coaches. On the show Claude Kelly is working with the mentors – Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, L.A. Reid, Nicole Scherzinger – to arrange, train and coach the contestants on how to best sing and perform their song selections each week.

An expert in his field, Claude Kelly has written Billboard #1 hits and critically-acclaimed, award-winning tracks across genres for Miley Cyrus (“Party In The USA”), Jason Derulo (“In My Head”), Jessie J (“Price Tag”), Ledisi (“Pieces of Me”), Ke$ha (“Take It Off”), Pitbull & Chris Brown (“International Love”), Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Hudson, Flo Rida, T.I., Brandy, R. Kelly, NKOTBSB, Backstreet Boys, New Kids on the Block, Fefe Dobson,  Charice, Chrisette Michelle and Melanie Fiona, among many others. Some of his most recently released singles and songs include Jason Derulo’s “Be Careful” and “Bombs Away” along with “Sunday Best” season 2 runner up Jessica Reedy’s single “What About Me” off her debut album, From The Heart. He has also worked with Kelly Clarkson (“My Life Would Suck Without You”), Fantasia Barrino (“Bittersweet” & “I’m Doin’ Me”), Jordin Sparks, Jennifer Hudson, David Cook, Lee DeWyze, Adam Lambert (“For Your Entertainment”) and David Archuletta, along with UK “The X Factor” winners Leona Lewis, Alexandra Burke, runners up Rebecca Ferguson and Olly Murs, and finalist One Direction.