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Because the second-place contestant on Fox television’s second period of American Idol, vocalist Clay Aiken wowed television audiences along with his Southern charm, sweet demeanor, and powerful tenor voice, which combined to create him a pop star (and, afterwards, a fixture on Broadway). Originally, Aiken decided to test for the truth Television series The American Competition, but went forward and auditioned for the Idol competition to make sure you an stimulating friend. Away from 7,000 hopefuls, the Charlotte, NEW YORK native gained the hearts from the judges in addition to millions of supporters throughout the world. Delivered on November 30, 1978, Aiken started singing young, and was self-confident enough to execute the Dolly Parton/Kenny Rogers traditional “Islands within the Stream” at an area high-school dance by age group five. Two season afterwards, he was buying albums by way of a mail-order catalog, wanting to obtain his practical almost any music. Aiken’s blossoming skill continuing into his teenage years, when he became a normal person in the Raleigh Guys Choir and appreciated roles within the Music Guy, Oklahoma!, several stage has, and local playhouse displays. When it emerged time to head to university, music wasn’t Aiken’s most powerful calling. He examined special education rather, and established his places on participating in Virginia’s University of William & Mary for any master’s level in administration. Before he could further his education, nevertheless, Aiken auditioned for American Idol and finished up wooing a every week target audience of 21 million tv audiences in early 2003. His rendition of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Stressed Waters” sewed him an area among People in america’ hearts, and even though he completed second to Ruben Studdard, Aiken’s reduction was not used lightly. He got a cope with RCA through Simon Fuller’s 19 Recordings Limited within weeks from the show’s finale. That same month, Aiken’s debut solitary, “This is actually the Night time,” made background by capturing to number 1 on Billboard’s Sizzling 100 graph. It sold a lot more than 392,000 copies during its 1st week, besting Elton John’s earlier record for “Candle within the Blowing wind 1997.” In Oct 2003, Aiken came back to the limelight and released his full-length studio room debut, The Way of measuring a Man. Once more, the little man using the big tone of voice made a large splash, as well as the Measure of a guy offered 613,000 copies while climbing to number 1 on Billboard’s Best 200 during its first week of launch. Aiken’s 1st holiday work, Merry Xmas with Love, adopted in November 2004. The recording debuted at number 1 on Billboard’s Best Holiday Albums graph, giving Merry Xmas with Love the largest debut week product sales figures for any Christmas recording in SoundScan background. Aiken released ONE THOUSAND VARIOUS WAYS in Sept 2006 and produced his Broadway debut in early 2008, playing the part of Sir Robin in Spamalot. On My Method Here showed up that same 12 months, featuring a monitor penned by OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder. Aiken released Attempted & Accurate, a assortment of standards from your ’50s and ’60s, this year 2010 within the Decca label. In 2012, within the pumps of his appearance on NBC’s Superstar Apprentice, Aiken released the record Steadfast, featuring monitors off Tried & Accurate and a few even more of his songs to sing in concert. Also included was his primary one “RECREATE My Appreciate.”

Quick Facts


Full Name Clay Aiken
Height 1.88 m
Profession Actor, Politician, Author, Singer-songwriter, TV Personality, Social activist
Education University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Leesville Road High School, Campbell University
Nationality American
Children Parker Foster Aiken
Parents Vernon Grissom, Faye Parker
Siblings Jeff Parker, Brett Parker, Amy Sawyer, Deborah Grissom
Awards American Music Award for Fan's Choice Award, Billboard Music Award for Top-Selling Single of the Year
Music Songs Mary Did You Know, This Is the Night, Invisible, Bridge Over Troubled Water, The Way, I Survived You, Proud of Your Boy, Without You, A Thousand Days, I Will Carry You, When You Say You Love Me, The Christmas Song, What Are You Doing New Year's Eve, Lover All Alone, Everything I Have, No More Sad Songs, These Open Arms, Measure of a Man, God Bless the U.S.A., I Want to Know What Love Is, Where I Draw the Line, Everything I Don't Need, Bring Back My Love, Don't Save It All for Christmas Day, I Believe We Can, On My Way Here, Run to Me, Something About Us, Hark The Herald Angels Sing/O Come All Ye Faithful, The Real Me, Everything I Do, Forget I Ever Knew You
Albums Tried and True, On My Way Here, All Is Well - Songs for Christmas, A Thousand Different Ways, Merry Christmas with Love, Measure of a Man, Steadfast, Playlist: The Very Best of Clay Aiken
Nominations American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist, Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Male Reality Star, Billboard Music Award for Top Selling R&B/Hip-Hop Single of the Year
Movies Sharknado 5: Global Swarming
TV Shows American Idol, The Runner-Up


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#Fact
1 Preparing to release new book, "Learning to Sing". [October 2004]
2 Preparing to release Christmas album. [October 2004]
3 On Broadway as Sir Robin in Monty Python's Spamalot until May 4th [2008]
4 JukeBox Tour [August 2005]
5 Had first child with friend Jaymes Foster-Levy at 8:08 am on August 8, 2008 - a boy, Parker Foster Aiken. [August 2008]
6 Released CD album "On My Way Here." [May 2008]
7 New album "A Thousand Different Ways" is in the making, due for release September 19 2006 [August 2006]
8 On his Christmas tour, The Joyful Noise Tour [November 2004]
9 Released "The Way" the second single from his album, Measure of a Man. [February 2004]
10 Baby son with Jaymes Foster-Levy, Parker Foster Aiken, born on August 8th 2008 at 8:08 AM in North Carolina.
11 His first son Parker Foster Aiken weighed in at 6 lbs, 2 oz.
12 Has said that former "Avalon" member Jody McBrayer is one of his favorite singers, and was a big inspiration to him.
13 He is allergic to many kinds of foods, including all tree nuts. He is not allergic to peanuts, which grow on a vine.
14 5 September 2006 - President George W. Bush selected him to serve on the President's Committee for People With Intellectual Disabilities.
15 Has sold more albums and had more #1s then any other "American Idol" contestant behind Kelly Clarkson.
16 Ranked #18 in TV Guide's list of "TV's 25 Greatest Teen Idols" (23 January 2005 issue).
17 Had three major tours in the year 2004 (The Independent Tour in Spring, the Clay Aiken Solo Tour 2004 in Summer, and the Joyful Noise Tour in Winter)
18 Got his first name (Clayton) from his grandmother's maiden name. He claims it is a Southern Tradition. (Source: "Learning to Sing: Hearing the Music In Your Life," by Clay Aiken)
19 First book, titled Learning to Sing, came out on November 19th, 2004.
20 Christmas album, titled Merry Christmas with Love, came out on November 16th, 2004.
21 Was born with a collapsed lung.
22 Shares a birthday with the following celebrities: Ben Stiller, 80s punk rocker Billy Idol, 8 Simple Rules (2002) star Kaley Cuoco, 24 (2001) star Elisha Cuthbert and Dick Clark.
23 His first album went triple platinum.
24 As of April 15, 2004, his single, "Solitaire," sold 191,132 copies.
25 Was the one and only contestant on the 2nd season of American Idol that was never voted in the bottom two or three.
26 His biological father, Vernon Grissom, died February 27, 2004. His stepfather, Ray Parker, died on July 4, 2002.
27 His song, "The Way", was co-written by Enrique Iglesias.
28 Plans to release one album in 2004, a Christmas album
29 He shared a house in L.A with former "American Idol" contestant, 'Kimberley Locke'.
30 His freshman album, Measure of a Man, shipped double platinum.
31 Founded the Bubel/Aiken Foundation to include children with developmental disabilities in activities with typical children. Named the foundation for Mike Bubel, a boy with autism that he worked with in North Carolina. Mike's mother Diane persuaded him to audition for American Idol.
32 His single, 'This Is The Night', went platinum in the US, and 6 times platinum in Canada.
33 In the first week of the release of his single, it sold over 393,000 copies, the most since Elton John's "Candle in the Wind".
34 Mother is Faye Aiken Parker; late step-father, Ray Parker; step-brother, Jeff; step-sister, Amy and half-brother, Brett.
35 Recorded two CDs entitled "Redefined" and "Look What Love Has Done" prior to American Idol. These CDs are no longer available.
36 Shortened Clayton to Clay after a suggestion from the producers of American Idol (2002).
37 Worked for the YMCA in Raleigh, North Carolina
38 Was a special education major at UNC-Charlotte
39 Changed his last name, Grissom, to his mother's maiden name, Aiken.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Chelsea Lately 2012 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Apprentice 2012 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Phineas and Ferb 2010 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Todd's Pop Song Reviews 2010 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
30 Rock 2009 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Holiday Festival on Ice 2007 2007 TV Movie performer: "Winter Wonderland"
AMV Hell 3: The Motion Picture 2005 performer: "Invisible"
Disneymania in Concert 2005 Video performer: "Proud of Your Boy"
Scrubs 2005 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Without a Paddle 2004 performer: "Invisible"
American Idol 2003-2004 TV Series performer - 29 episodes
Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed 2004 performer: "The Way"
Canadian Idol 2003 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Aladdin 1992 performer: "Proud of Your Boy"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Temple Talk 2015 TV Series Guest
The Office 2013 TV Series Clay Aiken
Drop Dead Diva 2011 TV Series Tyler Callahan
30 Rock 2009 TV Series Clay Aiken
Scrubs 2005 TV Series Kenny

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Clay Aiken: Tried & True Live! 2010 Video

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Clay Aiken Christmas 2004 TV Special executive producer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The View 2003-2017 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest Co-Host
Chelsea 2016 TV Series Himself
The Meredith Vieira Show 2016 TV Series Himself
On the Money 2016 TV Series Himself
American Idol 2003-2016 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest / Himself - Audience Member / ...
The 84th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade 2015 TV Movie Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2006-2015 TV Series Himself / Himself - Special Correspondent / Himself - Political Contributor
Real Time with Bill Maher 2015 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Runner-Up 2015 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
TakePart Live 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Extra 2014 TV Series Himself - Senatorial Candidate
PoliticKING with Larry King 2014 TV Series Himself - guest
The Colbert Report 2014 TV Series Himself
The Arsenio Hall Show 2013 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2013 TV Series Himself
The Dr. Oz Show 2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
D.L. Hughley: The Endangered List 2012 TV Special documentary Himself
The Apprentice 2012 TV Series Himself - Contestant / Himself - Finalist
The Wendy Williams Show 2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
Face the Nation 2012 TV Series Himself
Big Morning Buzz Live 2012 TV Series Himself
Watch What Happens: Live 2012 TV Series Himself
The Talk 2011 TV Series Himself - Guest
Clay Aiken: Tried & True Live! 2010 Video Himself
Phineas and Ferb 2010 TV Series Himself
Chelsea Lately 2010 TV Series Himself - Guest
America's Next Top Model 2009 TV Series Himself - Guest Judge / Recording Artist
The Thanksgiving Day Parade on CBS 2008 TV Movie Himself
Rosie Live 2008 TV Special documentary Himself
Paula's Party 2008 TV Series Himself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2008 TV Series Himself
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2003-2008 TV Series Himself / Himself - Musical Guest
Rachael Ray 2008 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2003-2008 TV Series Himself / Musical Guest / Himself - Musical Guest
Good Morning America 2003-2008 TV Series Himself
American Idol Rewind 2008 TV Series Himself - Finalist / Himself
Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? 2007 TV Series Himself
Dancing with the Stars 2007 TV Series Himself
Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol 2007 Video Game Himself (uncredited)
Days of Our Lives 2006 TV Series Himself
The Megan Mullally Show 2006 TV Series Himself
The Tyra Banks Show 2006 TV Series Himself
2006 American Music Awards 2006 TV Special Himself
Live with Kelly and Michael 2004-2006 TV Series Himself
Larry King Live 2004-2006 TV Series Himself
Walmart Soundcheck 2006 TV Series Himself
The Insider 2006 TV Series Himself
Dear Santa 2005 TV Movie Himself
All My Children 2005 TV Series Himself
The Standard 2005 TV Series Singer - American Idol
The Oprah Winfrey Show 2003-2005 TV Series Himself
Disneymania in Concert 2005 Video Himself
Head 2 Toe 2005 TV Series Himself
A Clay Aiken Christmas 2004 TV Special Himself
Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2004 TV Movie Himself - Performer
The 32nd Annual American Music Awards 2004 TV Special Himself
A Capitol Fourth 2004 TV Special Himself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Songs: America's Greatest Music in the Movies 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
Gimme the Mike 2004 TV Series Himself
E! True Hollywood Story 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
On-Air with Ryan Seacrest 2004 TV Series Himself
Saturday Night Live 2004 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
Ed 2004 TV Series Himself
American Idol: Life on the Road 2004 TV Special Himself
The 31st Annual American Music Awards 2003 TV Special Himself - Performer
Fromage 2003 2003 TV Movie Himself
Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade 2003 TV Special Himself
The 2003 Billboard Music Awards 2003 TV Special Himself
The Nick at Nite Holiday Special 2003 TV Movie Himself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2003 TV Special Himself
An American Idol Christmas 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
Total Request Live 2003 TV Series Himself
Late Show with David Letterman 2003 TV Series Himself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2003 TV Series Himself
The Wayne Brady Show 2003 TV Series Himself
The Early Show 2003 TV Series Himself
Primetime 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
Miss America Pageant 2003 TV Special Himself - Musical Guest
Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon 2003 TV Series Himself
Off the Record 2003 TV Series Himself - Guest
Canadian Idol 2003 TV Series Himself - Guest
eTalk Daily 2003 TV Series Himself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Robert De Niro 2003 TV Movie Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Entertainment Tonight 2016 TV Series Himself
The Apprentice 2015 TV Series Himself
Chelsea Lately 2012-2014 TV Series Himself
The Office 2013 TV Series Clay Aiken
Paid to Play 2005 Documentary Himself
20 Most Awesomely Bad Songs of 2004 2004 TV Special documentary Himself
E! 101 Most Starlicious Makeovers 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
Celebrities Uncensored 2003 TV Series Himself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2003 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Reality/Variety Star - Male American Idol: The Search for a Superstar (2002)


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#Quote
1 [Prior to joining the cast in Spamalot]: I really couldn't have asked for a more wonderful group of people to work with. Let's not lie, the chance to work with legendary creative minds like Mike Nichols and Eric Idle is, on its own, a reason to jump at this opportunity.
2 [In 2009]: Every year the models do an acting challenge, and since I had been in Spamalot and was doing the Broadway thing, Tyra Banks, [the show's host] called and wanted me to be a part of it, I did a scene with some of the girls and then later on tried to help judge that scene.
3 [on being the Ambassador for the Children's Agency]: The situation in Chiapas and Tabasco has really become a forgotten emergency. Telling the story of these brave people, especially the children, to a U.S. audience is the reason that I am here. Sharing this experience with my family during this time of year makes it even more special.
4 I left Raleigh six months ago, and nobody knew who I was. It's very hard to get used to.
5 I'm religious. I think this is something God had planned for me.
6 American celebrities have an amazing amount of influence on the way America thinks, feels, and acts. I think that such an influence should be used in the most positive way possible.
7 I think there's a difference between appearance and image. An image is not how you look. It's what you do. It's what you portray. Your personality, the example you set, and that's huge for me.
8 I'm never really comfortable with people cheering for me.
9 It doesn't really matter to me how I make a difference, I just wanna make sure that I do.

#Trademark
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