You Are Beautiful by Myrna Clayton


Cultural Ambassador Myrna Clayton, released her digital single “You Are Beautiful” during Women’s History Month on March 15, 2021, to underscore the essential benefit of music — and the “essential work” of those who bring an “experience” to others through music.

Myrna also founded the non-profit SHOWABILTY whose mission is to enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities and the underserved by creating music and art opportunities for employment and enjoyment.


Clayton Claims Music “Essential”, Releases Single For Women’s History Month

In tribute of the contributions and resiliency of women during the COVID-19 pandemic, Cultural Ambassador Myrna Clayton is releasing her digital single “You Are Beautiful” during Women’s History Month on March 15, 2021, to underscore the essential benefit of music — and the “essential work” of those who bring an “experience” to others through music.

“It is beauty that is womanhood. It is charm that is femininity.  It is strength of joy that is streamed through the xx chromosomes that are female.  It is this power that resides in the system that incubates humanity.  Down through the ages — from the beginning of time — we are beautiful.”

The tribute song released by Myrna’s CedarTree Worldwide, LLC is a delightful hybrid of soulful jazz, resolute gospel, and soft melodic progressions, with simple yet poignant lyrics (“Has anybody told you — you are beautiful”).  The “speaker-singer” in the song can be envisioned as a mother speaking to her daughter — or a mentor encouraging a mentee — or even from a higher source.  The musical message of “You Are Beautiful” contains elements of a lullaby, love song — and affirming spiritual anthem.  Myrna’s intention for the Women’s History Month song with its uplifting lyrics set against a ‘silky’ instrumental background is that it will bring a sense of joyful confidence to the listener”.   The cover image for the digital single portrays three generations of women:  Myrna, her mother Minnie, and her daughter Maia – the “M-pire”. 

Emerging as a musical cultural ambassador who has toured with her band, “The Myrna Clayton Experience” under the auspices of the U.S. State Department, Myrna has performed throughout Eastern Europe, Namibia, and Guatemala.  As a solo artist, Myrna has performed in 17 cities throughout the country of Russia (with Russian musicians) as well as Nigeria, Great Britain, France, and Germany. 

Myrna is committed to the “oneness” of connection that seems to happen naturally for audiences during her performances and recordings.  This, Myrna asserts, is a vital element of what has musicians/artists worthy to fit in what she terms a special category of “essential workers” within cultures and nations worldwide.

“Even as far back as the biblical story of Young David and King Saul, David is described as soothing the mind of Saul, to heal the King through his music.  In the 21st century, our research confirms this, that music, the arts, have ways of ‘healing’ us.  There is no question in my mind, as a singer, I am ‘essential’. How can we consider arts and entertainment as ‘non-essential’? These qualities for public good are what determine a nation’s true culture, true character.”  

Myrna’s aim is to nurture a network where the essentiality of musical performers and other performing artists is advanced, especially as societies around the world transition into the next phases of confronting the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It is my hope that this song reminds everyone who was born of a mother that it is the resilience of their mother’s essence, regardless of her uniqueness, that makes women beautiful worldwide. All I ask is that we remind ladies of all ages and all abilities, in spirit and in person, that they are beautiful.” 

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Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. You can find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.3 million views on her YouTube channel. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed an Olympic swimmer and numerous bestselling authors and has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. She was named both a Top 10 Travel Influencer and a Top 50 Female Influencer for 2021 by Afluencer and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. She has been nominated for the inaugural Forbes 50 over 50/Know Your Value list due out in Summer 2021. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best and has more than 150,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and has also run 15 travel competitions publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on We Said Go Travel. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded two Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards. From 2017 to 2021 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won four times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won in 2021 as Book Critic and in 2019 for one of her KTLA TV segments NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards and a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal. Niver has written for National Geographic, USA Today 10best, TODAY, Teen Vogue, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave(ish): It's All About Perspective 50 Adventures Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. When she's not SCUBA diving or in her art studio making ceramics, she's helping people find their next dream trip.

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