Clayton Holmes "Clay" Aiken (born November 30, 1978) is an American singer, television personality, actor, producer, author, and activist who began his rise to fame on the second season of the television program American Idol in 2003. RCA Records offered him a recording contract, and his multi-platinum debut album Measure of a Man was released in October 2003. He released four more albums on the RCA label: Merry Christmas with Love (2004), A Thousand Different Ways (2006), and the Christmas EP, All is Well (2006). His fourth studio album (the first album of original material since 2003's Measure of a Man), On My Way Here was released on May 6, 2008.
After the release of On My Way Here, Aiken left RCA and later signed with Decca Records. His first album with Decca, Tried and True, was released June 1, 2010 and his second Steadfast, was released March 26, 2012.
In the years following his American Idol appearance, Aiken has launched ten tours, authored a New York Times best-selling book Learning to Sing: Hearing the Music in Your Life with Allison Glock, and was the executive producer for a 2004 televised Christmas special, A Clay Aiken Christmas and his televised live concert special in 2010 on PBS Tried & True Live!. He has been a frequent talk show guest, particularly on The Tonight Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live!. He appeared as a guest star on Scrubs, Drop Dead Diva, 30 Rock and participated in comedy skits on numerous other shows. He also competed in the fifth season of The Celebrity Apprentice and placed second in the finals to Arsenio Hall.
Aiken created the National Inclusion Project (formerly the Bubel/Aiken Foundation) in 2003, accepted a UNICEF ambassadorship in 2004, and in 2006 was appointed for a two-year term to the Presidential Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities.
Aiken made his Broadway debut playing the role of Sir Robin in Monty Python's Spamalot in January 2008. His run ended in May but he rejoined the cast as Sir Robin in September and remained through January 4, 2009.
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... the Night" "Here, There and Everywhere" "Bridge over Troubled Water" Clay Aiken The Beatles Simon Garfunkel 6 ... Runner-Up ...
... Studdard emerged as the winner, beating Clay Aiken by a small margin. 24 million votes, Studdard finished just 134,000 votes ahead of Clay Aiken ... interview prior to season five, executive producer Nigel Lythgoe indicated that Aiken had led the fan voting from the wildcard week onward until the finale ...
... Mary, Did You Know?" Single by Clay Aiken from the album Merry Christmas With Love Released 2005 Format Digital audio, digital download Recorded 2004 Genre CCM, adult contemporary Length 321 Label RCA Writer(s) Lee ...
... told the audience that he was what Clay Aiken was going to look like in thirty years, thus acknowledging an ongoing comparison between the two ... Manilow also appeared on Clay Aiken's TV special, A Clay Aiken Christmas ...
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“When Nature was shaping him, clay was not granted
For making so full-sized a man as she wanted,
So, to fill out her model, a little she spared
From some finer-grained stuff for a woman prepared,
And she could not have hit a more excellent plan
For making him fully and perfectly man.”
—James Russell Lowell (18191891)