Norman Clayton was born on January 22, 1903 in Brooklyn, New York, the ninth of ten children.
He was converted at the age of six in the South Brooklyn Gospel Church, where his mother had been a foundation member … and was church organist by the age of 12. He kept up the role of church organist for the rest of his life.
Clayton’s profession was in the building industry, but he also created his own publishing house, Gospel Songs, which was later absorbed into the Rodeheaver Company.
In 1942 he was working with Jack Wyrtzen’s Word of Life organization, providing music for both the radio broadcasts and crusade meetings.
That same year Clayton wrote his most popular gospel song, words and music, "Now I Belong to Jesus."
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