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Clay Aiken

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As the second-place contestant on Fox television's second season of American Idol, vocalist Clay Aiken wowed television audiences with his Southern charm, sweet demeanor, and powerful tenor voice, all of which combined to make him a pop star (and, later, a fixture on Broadway). Originally, Aiken had planned to try out for the reality TV series The American Race, but went ahead and auditioned for the Idol competition to please an encouraging friend. Out of 7,000 hopefuls, the Charlotte, North Carolina native won the hearts of the judges as well as millions of fans across the globe. Born on November 30, 1978, Aiken began singing at an early age, and was confident enough to perform the Dolly Parton/Kenny Rogers classic "Islands in the Stream" at a local high-school dance by age five. Two year later, he was buying albums through a mail-order catalog, eager to get his hands on any kind of music. Aiken's blossoming talent continued into his teenage years, when he became a regular member of the Raleigh Boys Choir and enjoyed roles in The Music Man, Oklahoma!, various stage plays, and regional playhouse shows. When it came time to go to college, music wasn't Aiken's strongest calling. He studied special education instead, and set his sights on attending Virginia's College of William & Mary for a master's degree in administration. Before he could further his education, however, Aiken auditioned for American Idol and ended up wooing a weekly audience of 21 million television viewers in early 2003. His rendition of Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Waters" sewed him a spot among Americans' hearts, and although he finished second to Ruben Studdard, Aiken's loss was not taken lightly. He landed a deal with RCA through Simon Fuller's 19 Recordings Limited within weeks of the show's finale. That same month, Aiken's debut single, "This Is the Night," made history by shooting to number one on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. It sold more than 392,000 copies during its first week, besting Elton John's previous record for "Candle in the Wind 1997." In October 2003, Aiken returned to the spotlight and issued his full-length studio debut, The Measure of a Man. Once again, the little guy with the big voice made a big splash, and The Measure of a Man sold 613,000 copies while climbing to number one on Billboard's Top 200 during its first week of release. Aiken's first holiday effort, Merry Christmas with Love, followed in November 2004. The album debuted at number one on Billboard's Top Holiday Albums chart, giving Merry Christmas with Love the biggest debut week sales figures for a Christmas album in SoundScan history. Aiken released A Thousand Different Ways in September 2006 and made his Broadway debut in early 2008, playing the role of Sir Robin in Spamalot. On My Way Here arrived that same year, featuring a track penned by OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder. Aiken released Tried & True, a collection of standards from the '50s and '60s, in 2010 on the Decca label. In 2012, on the heels of his appearance on NBC's Celebrity Apprentice, Aiken released the album Steadfast, featuring tracks off Tried & True as well as a few more of his favorite songs to sing in concert. Also included was his original single "Bring Back My Love." ~ MacKenzie Wilson & Andrew Leahey
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Stations Featuring
Clay Aiken

    '00s Pop

    '00s Pop
    1 song

    Pop Holiday

    Pop Holiday
    3 songs

Albums by
Clay Aiken

Top Songs by
Clay Aiken

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   The First Noel
  3.   O Holy Night
  4.   Winter Wonderland
  5.   Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  6.   Mary, Did You Know?
  7.   This Is the Night
  8.   Lonely No More
  9.   There's a Kind of Hush
  10.   Invisible
  11.   Mack the Knife
  12.   Measure of a Man
  13.   Merry Christmas With Love
  14.   Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word
  15.   What Kind of Fool Am I?
  16.   Unchained Melody
  17.   Bridge Over Troubled Water
  18.   Suspicious Minds
  19.   Misty
  20.   It's Only Make Believe
  21.   It's Impossible
  22.   Crying
  23.   Can't Take My Eyes Off You
  24.   Sacrificial Love
  25.   Falling
  26.   Something About Us
  27.   Everything I Don't Need
  28.   Ashes
  29.   On My Way Here
  30.   Solitaire
  31.   Everything I Have
  32.   I Want to Know What Love Is by Suzie McNeil
  33.   Everything I Do (I Do It for You)
  34.   A Thousand Days
  35.   When I See You Smile
  36.   Without You
  37.   Right Here Waiting
  38.   Sleigh Ride
  39.   Medley: Hark the Herald Angels Sing/O Come All Ye Faithful
  40.   The Way
  41.   I Will Carry You
  42.   I Survived You
  43.   Joy to the World
  44.   Here You Come Again
  45.   Broken Wings
  46.   When You Say You Love Me
  47.   Bring Back My Love
  48.   Breaking Up Is Hard to Do
  49.   The Real Me
  50.   The Christmas Song
  51.   Run to Me
  52.   Every Time You Go Away
  53.   Grace of God
  54.   Where I Draw the Line
  55.   Silent Night
  56.   Shine
  57.   Don't Save It All for Christmas Day
  58.   Perfect Day
  59.   Touch
  60.   Who's Sorry Now
  61.   As Long as We're Here
  62.   These Open Arms
  63.   Moon River
  64.   Because You Loved Me
  65.   Lover All Alone
  66.   No More Sad Songs
  67.   What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?
  68.   Weight of the World
  69.   On the Wings of Love
  70.   Because It's Christmas (For All the Children) featuring Barry Manilow
  71.   Special Feature: Behind-The-Scenes Footage
  72.   Happy Holidays/White Christmas by Barry Manilow
  73.   Christmas Waltz
  74.   Santa Claus Is Coming to Town featuring Barry Manilow
  75.   Siver Bells by Quiana Parler
  76.   Proud of You Boy
  77.   [CD-ROM Track]
  78.   Build Me Up Buttercup
  79.   Eso Beso
  80.   I'll Take Romance
  81.   In My Life
  82.   You Don't Have To Say You Love Me
  83.   [Bonus Material]
  84.   All Is Well
  85.   My Grown-Up Christmas List
  86.   O Come O Come Emmanuel
  87.   I Want to Know What Love Is by Suzie McNeil