Clyde was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. At age 4, he picked up a microphone in front of a crowd and realized he wanted to become a singer/entertainer. Clyde was enrolled in many different talent competitions, including the Apollo Theater National All-Stars talent search. McKnight had strong influences from Ginuwine, Janet Jackson and Jodeci.
McKnight appeared on Left Eye's Eye Legacy in 2009. Before the release, he signed to Queen Bee Entertainment/Interscope Records. "Simon Sez" was the first single from his debut album, Animated. Ultimately, this record was not released . "Simon Sez" peaked at number 94 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. He later was released from his contract.