Review of Clay Aiken’s New CD, On My Way Here…

April 22, 2008 02:28:44 by Allison_Yagesh

Clay-Aiken-OMWH-CoverHaving grown up and branched out, American Idol’s superstar runner-up Clay Aiken has been hanging out in the recording studio again, and his new CD, On My Way Here, is set to hit stores May 6th.

So what can listeners expect out of their velvet-voiced Idol baby? Clay definitely had something to say in this CD. He’s taken some heat for turning out some cliche lyrics; and indeed the theme of growing up, finding himself and finding his way is pretty in-your-face. It’s empowering, yes, and is surprisingly… mature. Doubtless Clay’s devotees in the adult contemporary crowd will rejoice with each song; but you can’t help but wonder if he’s going to make much of a splash with the younger crowds based on this music.

Clay’s voice is richer and fuller than ever and all but flawless. Tracks like Sacrificial Love and Lover All Alone practically cradle the listener and others, such as Something About Us, are just screaming to be background music for romance. And, yeah, the whole album is good for a sleepy afternoon in (think good book, sangria, hammock, and Clay’s pipes belting out Ashes in the background… yeah, baby!).

If you’re out for a buttery voice and a great message (who cares if it’s cliche?!) that will leave you feeling relaxed and empowered, Clay will not leave you disappointed.

Once again, it’s easy to see how Clay made it so far in the American Idol competition. And his continued success is a definite argument against those who say the show can’t turn out a real talent.

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Clay Aiken’s New CD Explores His Own Journey…

April 4, 2008 07:54:19 by Allison_Yagesh

Clay-Aiken-On-My-Way-CoverLooks like the little Clay Aiken we fell in love with during season 2 of American Idol is all grown up now. With more successes under his belt than we can even count, Aiken’s journey has already been long and fruitful. Now he’s using it, and what he’s learned along the way, to inspire the theme of his new CD, On My Way Here.

When Aiken and his executive producer, Jaymes Foster, began searching for music to fill Aiken’s new album, they ran across a song written by OneRepublic’s Ryan “Alias” Tedder. The song, titled On My Way Here, is all about the lessons we learn while growing up and how they shape the adults we become.

The lyrics struck a chord with Aiken, who decided this was the perfect way to describe how he’s felt about his life over the past five years as he’s shot into stardom.

“I thought if we could find songs along those lines, that deal with my life over the past five years and what I’ve learned from my experiences, it would be a great concept for an album,” Aiken says. “Since I got into this business, I’ve learned so much about myself and about life and the world. I’m nowhere near an expert, but this album has taken on the form of addressing how far I’ve come in those five years and how I feel like I’ve found myself.”

Aiken’s fan-base stretches far and wide, as he’s racked up sales of 6-million copies of his three best-selling albums. Aiken’s success even stretches beyond the limits of music, as he’s also hit the New York Times Bestseller list with his Memoir, Learning to Sing: Hearing the Music in Your Life.

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Clay Aiken’s New Album Could Hit Stores this Summer

February 21, 2008 12:21:44 by Allison_Yagesh

Clay-Aiken-Courtesy-MSNBCClay Aiken has been a busy boy. While in New York City, appearing in the broadway production of Monty Python’s Spamalot, Clay has had a new album on his mind.

Okay, more than just on his mind. He’s actually been busy laying tracks for his new album when not on the Broadway stage.

The album, which isAiken’s fourth, will not be, “going down any path that’s crazy,”he told Peoplein a recent interview. “I’m not trying to be cool. I’m not trying to be hip. I’m not trying to do anything other than sing stuff that I’m good at,” he adds.

Aiken has tried to theme the album around the self-awareness and learning that tends to happen to people as they grow through their young adulthood.

Though he jokes that he could use his red Spamalot wig for a new image to go along with the album release, Aiken warns that this musical go-round of his will come with no new crazy styles, such as the dark and messy style he’s been known to sport in the past. This time, it seems, it’s all about Clay staying true to Clay.

Aiken was American Idol’s season two runner-up, losing to Ruben Studdard.

A definite release date for the album has not yet been set; however, Aiken hopes for a May 6 release.

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Clay Aiken Lands Broadway Role, Talks to The View

January 17, 2008 10:01:42 by Allison_Yagesh

clay_aiken_credit_joan-marcus-broadway.jpgHere are four words you never thought you’d see together: Monty Python and Clay Aiken. It’s true — American Idol season 2 finalist, Clay Aiken has landed a role in the Broadway version of Monty Python’s Spamalot.

Rehearsals have been rigorous for Aiken, who recently confided to Newsweek that he’s so sore from preparing for his Broadway debut, he “couldn’t even get off the toilet the other day…” (ooh, visual TMI, Clay, really).

Aiken will grace daytime TV this week, talking to the ladies on ABC’s The View (provided he can get off the toilet in his dressing room, I suppose…) about his new Spamalot role on Tuesday, January 22nd.

Aiken will be performing with Spamalot on Broadway through May 4.

The View airs daily, 12:00 PM (ET) on ABC.

Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

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American Idol Finalist Clay Aiken On Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader

November 1, 2007 12:01:00 by Joe Blackmon

In a special two hour episode of Are You Smarter Than A 5th grader, not
one but two reality TV legends will be making guest appearances.
American Idol 2 runner-up Clay Aiken will be playing the game, as well
as America’s Got Talent season one host Regis Philbin.

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Clay Aiken Joins Cast Of Spamalot

October 16, 2007 11:30:29 by Joe Blackmon

American Idol 2 runner-up Clay Aiken is joining the cast of Monty
Python’s SPAMALOT.  Clay Aiken will make his Broadway debut in the role
of Sir Robin, at the Shubert Theatre, New York, from January 18 to May
4, 2008.

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Clay Aiken To Guest Star On Days Of Our Lives

October 31, 2006 12:04:00 by Joe Blackmon

Singing sensation Clay Aiken will guest star on NBC’s hit daytime drama "Days of our Lives" on Friday, December 22 (1 p.m. in most markets). Aiken will perform the song, "Everything I Have," from his new album and his version of "O, Holy Night " will also be featured on the show.

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Clay Aiken To Release A Thousand Different Ways Album

August 15, 2006 11:03:00 by Joe Blackmon

Clay_aiken_albumThe long wait for Clay Aiken fans is over. RCA Records will release the singer’s third album, “A Thousand Different Ways” on September 19th. The project, Aiken’s first outing since 2004, combines 10 cover versions of well-known songs from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s with four brand-new songs.

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American Idol Funniest Moment: Clay Aiken Surprises His Impersonator

May 24, 2006 09:54:16 by Joe Blackmon

Michael_clayWhile in general the comedy skits on American Idol 5 lacked in comparison to American Idol 4′s roast of Corey Clark, there was one shining moment that will likely go down as one of the funniest moments in American Idol history.  In a re-occurring segment called the Golden Idol Awards, Ryan Seacrest presented candidates for “Best Impersonation.”  The nominees were Kenneth Maccarone as Cher, Seth Strickland as Michael Jackson, and Michael Sandecki as Clay Aiken.

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American Idol – Girls Rule Boston, Looks Like Clay Aiken

February 7, 2006 11:40:25 by Joe Blackmon

Michael_sandeckiEven though Simon Cowell predicted that “a boy could actually win this competition this year,” it’s the girl contestants that seem to have stood out the most so far.  Many news agencies are touting names like Paris Bennett, Katherine McPhee, Lisa Tucker, and Kellie Pickler as the early favorites.  The trend continued in Boston where for awhile it looked like only girls were going to make it through to Hollywood.

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