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 Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries on six continents. This University of Pennsylvania graduate sailed across the seas for seven years with Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Renaissance Cruises and spent three years backpacking across Asia. Discover her articles in publications from AARP: The Magazine and AAA Explorer to WIRED and Wharton Magazine, as well as her site WeSaidGoTravel. On her award nominated global podcast, Make Your Own Map, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors, and as a journalist has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty-two times. Named a #3 travel influencer for 2023, Niver talks travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, her YouTube channel with over 2 million views, and in her memoir, Brave-ish, One Breakup, Six Continents and Feeling Fearless After Fifty.

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