The National Inclusion Project is asking for volunteers to paint the bottom of a chair to go on auction at their annual Champions Gala in October. It can be any design you want; Clay, yourself or even the logo of your favorite blog :D! Or if you are not comfortable designing, you can bid on a chair. For more information, Check out this link .
Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard have not wrapped up their summer Timeless Tour yet, and there is a tidbit of news for Clay's upcoming tour for his latest album Tried and True. A few cities have been mentioned; Atlanta. Miami and more. Just check out Clay's Fan Club page here
for more info. If you aren't a member of Clay's fan club, check out this page.
Yesterday was a very special day for Parker Foster Aiken, son of singerClay Aiken and producer Jaymes Foster. It was Parker's second birthday. I wish a happy day for Parker and his family and all the best for him now and in the future.
"I Believe We Can" , as sung by Clay Aiken and Chaka Khan, serves as the motivational song for Disney's animated characters Phineas and Ferb, in their flight to follow the sun and have the longest day of summer ever. This song was just one of many great songs on the Summer Belongs To Youmovie, and the album is available for 4.99 at Itunes. The movie has been shown on Disney XD and will be shown throughout this week. Check your local listings.
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--------------------------------------------------- Clay Aiken’s new cd, Tried and True, is another successful notch in the American Idol runner-up’s belt. Admittedly, since I’m from Birmingham, AL, most of my attention was focused on Ruben Studdard during his and Clay’s time on the show, but now that all of the hoopla is over, I have to say that Clay Aiken’s instrument is one that deserves all of the accolades he’s received over the years.
In all of the songs on Tried and True, comprised of collection of iconic songs from the ‘50s and ‘60s, you can hear how Aiken’s voice has grown, probably due to his tenure on Broadway in Spamalot. He sounds clear, commanding during each of his performances on the cd, never succumbing to the lush, big-band production. But when the song calls for it, like “It’s Impossible”, the control he has over his voice allows him to sound fragile and vulnerable, letting raw emotion seep in.
Overall, this album is one that a hardcore Clay Aiken fan needs in their collection, but if you just happen to be a lover of beautiful songs sung well, then this album won’t disappoint.
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Clay Aiken had his first PBS special recently, it was filmed live in his hometown Raleigh, North Carolina in March. Tried and True Live aired last night in some local PBS stations including my local station, WTCI .
Guests performing with Clay included Ruben Studdard and Linda Eder. Clay performed many classic hits from his Tried and True cd that was just released this summer, plus more from the 60's through the 90's. The current Timeless Tour with Ruben covers some of these songs, but Clay will have a tour in 2011 to promote his latest CD.
A touching moment in the concert was when Clay honored one of his teachers. Clay had studied at UNC-Greensboro to become a special education teacher.
This show not only gives fans a chance to see Clay's singing talent, but also gives nonfans(NJU-Not Just Us) a chance to discover Clay Aiken and the other performers. It also gives the younger viewer the chance to discover some of the classic songs, such as Crying and Moon River.