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:
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
Guests: Linda Eder, Ruben Studdard
Backup Singer: Quiana Parler
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)
Build Me Up Buttercup
In My Life
It’s Only Make Believe
There’s A Kind Of Hush
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.”
Entertainment.MyNC.com – 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)
Examiner.com 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.
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!
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.
Twisting the Night Away,
At the Hop,
Johnny B Goode,
The Great Pretender,
Mr. Sandman (Angela/Quiana),
That’ll be the Day,
Great Balls of Fire,
Rock and Roll is Here to Stay
Love Me Tender,
Blue Suede Shoes,
Don’t Be Cruel,
Can’t Help Falling in Love,
Can’t Buy Me Love,
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.
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