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Clay Aiken

Singer-Songwriter, Runner Up on FOX's "American Idol" & North Carolina Politician

Singer-Songwriter, Runner Up on FOX's "American Idol" & North Carolina Politician

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Clay Aiken Biography

Clay Aiken is an American singer–songwriter, television personality, actor, author, politician and activist.

Aiken began his rise to fame placing second on the second season of the television program American Idol in 2003. He and the 2003 Winner Ruben Studdard were both offered recording contracts by RCA Records and his multi-platinum debut album Measure of a Man was released in October 2003. He released four more albums on the RCA label: Merry Christmas with Love, A Thousand Different Ways and the Christmas EP, All is Well. His fourth studio album (the first album of original material since 2003's Measure of a Man), On My Way Here was released on May 6, 2008.

After the release of On My Way Here, Aiken left RCA and later signed with Decca Records. His first album with Decca, Tried and True, was released June 1, 2010 and his second Steadfast, was released March 26, 2012.

In the years following his American Idol appearance, Aiken has launched 11 tours, authored a New York Times best-selling book "Learning to Sing: Hearing the Music in Your Life" with Allison Glock, and was the executive producer for a 2004 televised Christmas special, A Clay Aiken Christmas and his televised live concert special in 2010 on PBS Tried & True Live!. He has been a frequent talk show guest, particularly on The Tonight Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live!. He appeared as a guest star on "Scrubs," "Drop Dead Diva," "30 Rock" and participated in comedy skits on numerous other shows.

He also competed in the fifth season of The Celebrity Apprentice and placed second in the finals to Arsenio Hall.

Aiken created the National Inclusion Project (formerly the Bubel/Aiken Foundation) in 2003, accepted a UNICEF ambassadorship in 2004, and in 2006 was appointed for a two-year term to the Presidential Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities.

Aiken made his Broadway debut playing the role of Sir Robin in Monty Python's "Spamalot" in January 2008. His run ended in May but he rejoined the cast as Sir Robin in September and remained through January 4, 2009.

In 2014, Aiken announced his intentions to run for congress in North Carolina's 2nd congressional district against Republican incumbent Renee Ellmers. He officially filed to run on February 27, 2014.

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Clay Aiken Videos

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  • Always and Forever - Clay Aiken 2003 AI2 Audition - YouTube

Clay Aiken Books

  • Learning to Sing: Hearing the Music in Your Life
    Learning to Sing: Hearing the Music in Your Life

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Clay Aiken is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Clay Aiken for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Clay Aiken generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Demi Lovato, Dee Snider, Kimberley Locke, Carson Kressley and Lance Bass. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Clay Aiken for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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