It seems impossible that it has been 13 years since Clay Aiken delivered  A Thousand Different Ways to the world. The CD was released on September 19, 2006.  The 1st week sales number was 211,234 sold and the album was certified Gold in October, ...

 

Clay Aiken – Thirteen Year Anniversary!

It seems impossible that it has been 13 years since Clay Aiken delivered  A Thousand Different Ways to the world. The CD was released on September 19, 2006.  The 1st week sales number was 211,234 sold and the album was certified Gold in October, 2006. The album was on the Billboard 200 chart for 14 weeks.

As part of the promotion for the album, Clay had three days of coverage on Good Morning America. On September 19, Diane Sawyer introduced Clay and his band. They performed Without You and A Thousand Days for the public.

The fans lined up hours before the taping, hoping to snag a spot in the small studio in New York. The studio was packed and the fans got to see Clay and his band warm up and do the sound check. According to fans in the audience, Clay was set up and out “on stage” for a long while as Diane continued with the show. He was watching what she had to say on the monitors and encouraging his fans to keep it quiet.

As in other performances, Clay interacted with the audience and, although unable to talk to them, used his hands and face to let the crowd know he was aware they were watching him and ready to support him in this important performance.

But, the two-part interviews on September 20th and 21st were serious and heart-breaking to hear and watch. Thinking back to what Clay was going through at that time; I am amazed that he was able to participate in these interviews. But, Clay sat down and drew a line in the sand with Diane Sawyer and all the tabloid press.

Clay said he was bewildered by the negative attention.

“Even though stuff about me that I read in the magazines isn’t true, it still makes me…lose sleep. I hurt, not just for my mother who has to watch it happen and who hurts for me. At least when I was in middle school…I understand why they picked on me.”

The intense interviews also covered Clay’s panic attacks, his use of Paxil and his dream to have a talk show.

The interviews produced many conversations throughout the Clay Aiken message boards. Some people were angry at Diane, feeling she was asking questions that were too invasive. Others  felt he should have said more. But, the overall feelings about the interviews were supportive of Clay and concerned for his health and happiness.

What about Clay? How was he feeling?

“I hope…people like me for my singing. I hope I sing well enough for people to stick around. Sometimes I wonder myself, but, you know, that’s what I want to do.”

I have included three videos with this article. They are important to watch, especially in hindsight. Knowing all we know now, it makes the interviews even more amazing.

 

 
 

Do you remember these days on Good Morning America?

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Clay Aiken – On-site Reporter

On September 18, 2005, Clay Aiken appeared on the 2005 Emmy Awards.  He served as part of the on-site reporting team for The Insider.

After the event, Clay donated his entire Emmy outfit to The Clothes Off Our Back. This charity was started by Bradley Whitford and Jane Kaczmarek. The organization sold items worn by celebrities at special occasions. When the auction was finally over, the tuxedo, shoes, and cufflinks that Clay wore to the 2005 Emmy Awards went for a final amazing total of $27,250.

The following are a few pictures of Clay working at the rehearsal of the  Emmy Awards in Pasadena, CA.

On The Red Carpet to Interview Special People

Did you see Clay working as a reporter for the Emmys?  

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September 18th was also special because The Insider presented a preview of Clay’s Without You on their show!

 

What fun!

What movie song would you like to hear Clay sing?

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Clay Aiken – An Amazing Look!

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 A Thousand Different Ways.

by Clay Aiken

 …an album filled with love songs and real gems.

Clay started the promotion for A Thousand Different Ways with an appearance on The Tonight Show. Sometimes you just remember certain Clay Aiken performances more than others. Clay’s visit with Jay Leno on September 15, 2006 is one that is remembered and popular with many fans.

Howie Mandel was the first guest on the show. He was very funny and his comedy relaxed Jay and the audience. But the audience was waiting for Clay and he certainly didn’t let them down. He seemed very relaxed and chatted about many different topics. All three of the men seemed to have a good time together and kept the audience entertained.

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Clays engaging interview featured his European vacation. He chatted about passing out in McDonald’s while in Slovenia and getting so ill that he started planning his funeral. He even mentioned that he wanted Ruben to sing at the service!!

But this visit to the Tonight Show was really remembered more for the stunning look that Clay had that night. There was just something special about the gray suit that made Clay look amazing. The pictures from that night are some of the best and the three videos are pretty awesome too.

 

 

 

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Clay Aiken – Do You Have A Favorite?

photogenic: having features, coloring, and a general facial appearance that look attractive in photographs

World English Dictionary

Supporters of Clay Aiken are always amazed at the gorgeous pictures that fans take of him in concert. One of the concerts that produced a great deal of stunning pictures of Clay was the October 14, 2010 concert in Chicago. Held at the Park West Theatre, the concert was a fundraiser for WTTW, the PBS TV station in the Chicago area.

What made this night so special? Well, Clay seemed happy and relaxed and gave the impression that he was having a wonderful time. Add to that the intimate setting and the wonderfully talented photographers who were able to take some amazing pictures.

There are so many wonderful photographs from the Chicago concert. It was hard to choose just a few. Do you have a favorite?

Oh……..don’t forget to watch the video. It is “classic Clay!”

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I hope you will vote!

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Clay Aiken – We Can All Make A Difference!

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What Do You Know About UNICEF?

UNICEF was created to work with others to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path. They advocate for measures to give children the best start in life because, according to their web page, “proper care at the youngest age forms the strongest foundation for a person’s future.”

UNICEF has many Goodwill Ambassadors and Advocates that help bring the needs of the children into the public attention. Because celebrities attract attention, they are able to attract the public to the needs of children throughout the world. They are able to use their talents and fame for fundraising and also to educate the general public on the UNICEF mission.

The celebrities chosen to work with UNICEF have a commitment to improve the lives of children throughout the world. In every case, a celebrity’s work with UNICEF comes about because they have already demonstrated that commitment.

Clay Aiken became an Ambassador for UNICEF in 2004. He joined a very special group of people that includes former ambassadors, Danny Kaye and Aubrey Hepburn.  Today, some other ambassadors are Sarah Jessica Parker, Lucy Liu, and Tea Leoni.

Although Clay is not an active Ambassador at this time, I am sure he still supports the UNICEF and will help them in any way he can.

SueReu put together a beautiful video about Clay and UNICEF.  

The Music…Clay singing It’s In Every One of Us. Please watch it…it is so touching!

 

Don’t you wish we could ALL make a difference?

 

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