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Clay Aiken: Then and Now

May 7, 2010

Yesterday International Media released footage from the Clay Aiken Tried and True concert they filmed for PBS in March.

Over the past 7 years we’ve watched Clay go from a talented young kid to a grown man who has become a super star. It’s been like watching a newly mined diamond cut and polished into a multi-faceted gem stone. Simon Cowell said Clay didn’t look like a pop star but at times looks are deceiving.

In 2003 the voice and the confidence were there:

In 2010, besides the voice and the confidence, we have the super star:

To read more visit:
Clay Aiken News Network
Carolina On My Mind
The Conclayve
Decca Records – Clay Aiken


Clay Aiken – Memorable duets

May 3, 2010

Talk today is centering on the duet between Clay Aiken and Linda Eder that will be on Clay’s new Tried and True album. Whomever was fortunate enough to be in Raleigh for the PBS taping in March has already heard these two great voices sing Crying. The rest of you will have to wait for the album to drop on June 1.

Clay has sung other duets over the past 7 years (both live and recorded) with Kelly Clarkson, Kimberly Locke, Suzie McNeil and others. Here are 3 of my favorites.

First on my list was his 2004 Broadway appearance with Heather Headley for her Broadway Cares, Equity Fights Aids benefit concert. They sang Can You Feel The Love Tonight from The Lion King.

Next on my list is the Listen duet from Dreamgirls that Clay sang with Quiana Parler during his 2007 summer tour. Angela Fisher usually sang this as a solo. She took ill and Clay and Quiana filled in with an impromptu duet of the song.

Last is the 2008 duet Clay sang with Hannah Waddingham (Spamalot). They sang David Foster’s The Prayer.

Clay Aiken: Tried and True concert

March 19, 2010

Clay Aiken performed songs from his new album for Decca, Tried and True. This concert was filmed for a PBS special set to air this summer.

Chris Walden
arranged and conducted for the album for Decca Records.

When: March 12, 2010

Where: Memorial Auditorium, Progress Energy Center
Raleigh, NC

Linda Eder, Ruben Studdard
Backup Singer: Quiana Parler

Set List*:

Mack the Knife
Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You
You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me
Eso Beso (That Kiss!)
Who’s Sorry Now
I’ll Take Romance
Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
Big Band Medley
– Baby Got Back (Clay)
– Poker Face (Ruben)
– Crazy In Love (Quiana)
– Maneater (Clay)
– Tik Tok (Ruben)
– Straight Up (Quiana w/Clay & Ruben singing background)
– She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy (Clay)
– Play That Funky Music (Ruben)
– Can’t Touch This (Clay, Quiana, Ruben)
What Kind Of Fool Am I
Crying (Duet with Linda Eder)
Suspicious Minds
Build Me Up Buttercup
In My Life
It’s Only Make Believe
There’s A Kind Of Hush
Unchained Melody
Moon River (Encore)

* The set list contains additional songs not included on the album.


Idol Chatter – Clay Aiken debuts new album during Raleigh, N.C., show

WRAL – Clay Aiken talks about new album Video

News and Observer – A classic move

” … the album features a guest turn by saxophonist and label-mate David Sanborn on the Sammy Davis Jr. classic “What Kind of Fool Am I?” Vince Gill performs guitar on Andy Williams’ legendary “Moon River.” – Clay Aiken Talks About Concert Special, Wake Co. School Board

Aiken said the album and concert are a product of months of preparation and hopes his fans will have a good time. His concert will take place Friday, March 12 at 7 p.m. at the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium.

(Includes video interview) Clay Aiken reveals new album in Raleigh concert

The set list ranged from the up tempo beats of “Mack the Knife” (with such an amazingly huge, long, perfect last note that it moved the audience to a standing ovation as soon as the first number concluded), “Eso Beso,” “Suspicious Minds,” and “Build Me Up Buttercup” to the slower, simpler side of Clay with “Misty,” “Moonriver,” “In My Life,” and “Unchained Melody” (with a jaw dropping climax in which Clay hit a note that seemed to redefine the meaning of the verb “to sing”).

… Front and center was Clay’s amazing voice, but coming in a close second was his big heart.

Clay Aiken: Tried and True

February 13, 2010

After weeks of waiting in anticipation and a promise from Clay that we’d hear first, Friday night Clay Aiken fan club members received their email from Team Clay. We already knew when and the date. We just didn’t know the venue and the event although most of us could make a good guess.

Where is the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium at the Progress Energy Center in Raleigh, NC. What is a one time only concert where Clay will premiere songs from his new album for Decca “Clay Aiken: Tried and True.” This concert will be filmed for airing on television at a date to be announced. The fans who can’t make it to Raleigh will be able to see the concert on their TVs.

Broadway World followed up with an article with a quote from Clay about his fans.

“I truly have the best fans in the world,” says the singer. “Their support has been unwavering and I can’t wait to share the new music with them. Not only will this be an exciting show with special guests, but as a true thank you to them, the fans will get the first chance for tickets and a first listen of the music I’ve been working so hard on over the past year.”

Read the whole article here.

A few lucky fans will have the opportunity to attend the dress rehearsal which will include a backstage tour and a question and answer session with Clay.

There’s lots of eeeeing and squeeing in the Clay Nation today. Me included!

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Clay Aiken’s 50s/60s setlist from his 2005 Jukebox tour

January 14, 2010

Clay Aiken will release his 1st album on Decca in the summer of 2010! It will be a collection of classic songs from the 50s & 60s. Here are the songs he performed on his Jukebox tour from that era. See The Jukebox Tour – 2005 for more information.

50s Medley

Twisting the Night Away,
At the Hop,
Johnny B Goode,
Rockin Robin,
The Great Pretender,
Only You,
Mr. Sandman (Angela/Quiana),
That’ll be the Day,
Great Balls of Fire,
Rock and Roll is Here to Stay

Unchained Melody

Elvis Medley

Love Me Tender,
Hound Dog,
Blue Suede Shoes,
Don’t Be Cruel,
Heartbreak Hotel,
Jailhouse Rock,
Can’t Help Falling in Love,
Suspicious Minds

60’s Medley

Daydream Believer,
Can’t Buy Me Love,
Sugar Sugar,
Happy Together


From UNICEF ambassador Clay Aiken, in the Huffington Post

December 29, 2009

Clay Aiken: Progress in Somalia Despite Difficult Circumstances

Last year, in my role as UNICEF Ambassador, I spent five days in northwest Somalia. There’s no question that years of civil war and a defunct central government has left much of this nation dangerously unstable. In fact, half the population of Somalia remains internally displaced and in a state of humanitarian emergency.

This tragic reality affects an estimated 3.6 million people, half of whom are children. Over 1.5 million are displaced as a result of conflict, largely between Islamic extremists and government forces. Not only is this population burdened by violence and instability, but also extreme poverty and recurrent food shortages.

There are, however, glimmers of hope.

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Clay Aiken on Billboard decade charts 2000 – 2009

December 12, 2009

Billboard is compiling their decade sales charts for 2000 – 2009. Clay Aiken is on six of the charts.

Billboard 200 Albums – #170 Measure of a Man

Holiday Albums – #10 Merry Christmas with Love

Hot 100 Singles Sales (physical copies only) – #5 – This is the Night/Bridge Over Troubled Water

Singles Sales Artists (physical copies only) – #7

Billboard 200 Artists – #120

Christian Albums – #12 Merry Christmas with Love