Clarence Greenwood (stage name Citizen Cope) is an American songwriter, producer and performer. His music is commonly described as a mix of blues, soul, folk, and rock. He has been touring professionally for ten years. Citizen Cope’s compositions have been recorded by artists as varied as Carlos Santana, Dido, Pharoahe Monch and Richie Havens. He currently records and produces for his own record label, Rainwater Recordings, which he founded in 2010 after deciding not to work with major labels any longer. He had previously been signed to Capitol, Arista, DreamWorks and RCA.
Clarence Greenwood was initially the DJ for Washington DC based hip hop group Basehead. He was signed to Capitol Records in 1997. In 2000, Citizen Cope signed with DreamWorks and released a self-titled album in 2002. Rolling Stone wrote, “…Cope melds hip-hop with folk, soul and blues…and ‘feels’ this combination deeply….Cope’s uncommon chords and harmonies combine delicate dissonance with unexpected flashes of beauty…” And the Washington Post called him “the city’s most soulful export since Marvin Gaye.”