The definition of an X FAC·TOR is:

  1. A variable in a situation that could have the most significant impact on the outcome.
  2. A special talent or quality that cannot be described which makes someone very special

Songwriter Claude Kelly can’t remember how he came to be nicknamed the Studio Beast, but when you get a moniker like that, it’s not something you dispute, right?

“I’ve been trying to figure out where that came from for years,” says the wunderkind, who really hasn’t had long to mull over it anyway. Check the math: in just seven years, Claude went from college grad to writing #1 hits for Kelly Clarkson and Britney Spears to giving Chrisette Michelle an enduring, defining ballad that helped send her album straight to the top of the charts in its first week.  And now he’s done it again.

On November 30th, hit-making songwriter Claude Kelly received his second and third career GRAMMY® Award nominations, including a “Song of the Year” nod for co-writing Bruno Mars’ Grenade. 

For the second year in a row, Claude Kelly was nominated in the Best R&B Song category – this year for co-writing Ledisi’s Pieces of Me.  Claude Kelly received his career-first GRAMMY® Award nomination last year in the “Best R&B Song” category for co-writing Fantasia’s “Bittersweet.”  The 54th Annual GRAMMY® Awards air live February 12, 2012 from Los Angeles, CA on CBS.

Claude Kelly can be seen each week on FOX’s The X Factor as one of the show’s Vocal Producers/Coaches working to arrange, train and coach the contestants on how to best sing and perform their song selections each week.

He has written Billboard #1 hits and critically-acclaimed, award-winning tracks across genres for Miley Cyrus (Party In The USA), Kelly Clarkson (My Life Would Suck Without You), Jason Derulo (In My Head), Britney Spears (Circus), Michael Jackson (Hold My Hand featuring Akon), Jessie J (Price Tag), Ke$ha (Take It Off), Christina Aguilera, Whitney Houston, Jennifer Lopez, Leona Lewis, Adam Lambert, Jennifer Hudson, Flo Rida, Pitbull, Chris Brown, T.I., Jordin Sparks, David Cook, David Archuletta, Brandy, R. Kelly, NKOTBSB, Backstreet Boys, New Kids on the Block, Olly Murs, Fefe Dobson, Charice, Chrisette Michelle and Melanie Fiona, among many others.