In addition, he won Billboard`s best-selling single of 2003 for "This Is the Night/Bridge Over Troubled Water." In 2004, Aiken released Merry Christmas with Love (2004), the fastest selling Christmas album in Nielsen Soundscan history.He followed that success with A Thousand Different Ways (2006), All is Well (2006), and the just released On My Way Here (2008).
A Clay Aiken Christmas aired in 2004, and included such luminary guests as Barry Manilow, Yolanda Adams, and Megan Mullally.
Popular among late night talk show hosts, Aiken has made memorable appeara Chinh (Best Friend from childhood, Vietnamese), Natalie (Childhood friend Clay used to walk home & play with), Brian Hutchinson (Co-worker at Winn-Dixie, Popular kid at Clay's school who never made fun of him), Jessye (School friend Clay hung out with and "borrowed" dad's car without permission to impress), Audra Brown (Best friend, Clay had crush on from childhood to college, took to Prom), Erin Cates (According to Clay "most desireable girl in high school", Clay lied to mom in order to take her on date to masquerade ball), Kristy Hall (Longtime friend and project director for Bubel/Aiken Foundation), Quiana Parler (Backup Singer and Friend), Diane Bubel (Mother of autistic child, Mike, Clay helped, encouraged him to tryout for AI, foundation named after them), Fran Skinner Lewis (Knowledgeable in non-profit, Clay trusted her to run his charity), Angela Fischer (Backup Singer and Friend), Nick Leisey (Childhood friend, right-hand man), Tyra Banks Romie Aiken (Great Grand Uncle, brother of Joseph Aiken, musician), Don Aiken (Uncle, Brother of Faye, 2 years younger than Faye), Donald Aiken, Jr (Cousin, Son of Don & 1st wife), Lelia Aiken (Aunt, 2nd Wife of Don, Best Friend of Faye from HS), Cyndi & Danny (Cousins, Kids of Lelia from 1st marriage), Jerry Aiken (Uncle, Brother of Faye, 7 years younger than Faye), Dianne Taylor (Aunt, 2nd Wife of Jerry), Jessica & Lee (Cousins, Kids of Jerry & Dianne), Mary Helen Grissom (Aunt, younger Sister of Vernon, called Mer Helen), Jeffrey & Casey (Cousins, Kids of Deb, Jeffrey 1 month older & Casey 2 years younger than Clay), Jimmy & Bobby (Cousins, Kids of Aunt Mer Helen), Willie Earl Parker (Step Uncle, oldest Brother of Ray, died when Clay was 12), Shirley Parker (Step Aunt, Wife of Willie Earl), Ricky, Felix & Karen (Step Cousins, Kids of Willie Earl & Shirley), Christine Parker (Step Aunt, oldest Sister of Ray, matriarch of family), Vernon, Sharon, Terry & Marty (Step Cousins, Kids of Christine), Wilton (Step Uncle, 2nd oldest Brother of Ray, married to another Shirley), Randy, Gary, Keith, Alan & Chris (Step Cousins, Sons of Wilton & Shirley), Gerald (Step Uncle, 2nd youngest Brother of Ray, Married to Mamie), Lois (Step Aunt, youngest Sister of Ray), James (Step Uncle in law, husband of Lois), Kim, Beverly, Kevin & Tamara (Step Cousins, Kids of Lois & James), Yvonne & Yvette (Granddaughters of Amaryllis (Nanny), childhood friends of Clay), Donna & Joan (Daughters of Amaryllis (Nanny), considered Aunts to Clay, although no relation), Jeff Flake (YMCA director, mentor to Clay) Alvis Aiken (grandfather) (Grandfather on Mother's Side), Joseph Aiken (grandfather) (Great Grandfather, master fiddler, in Library of Congress folk culture archive), Roscoe Mc Ghee (grandfather) (Pop, No relation, husband of Amaryllis, like grandfather to Clay), Catherine Clayton (grandmother) (Grandmother on Mother's Side), Amaryllis Mc Ghee (grandmother) (Nanny, Mom's friend from work, no relation, but like 2nd grandmother) Clay Aiken (born Clayton Holmes Grissom; November 30, 1978) is an American singer, songwriter, television personality, actor, author, politician and activist.
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Intimate, Gentle, Sentimental, Passionate, Reserved, Warm, Soft, Innocent, Sophisticated, Amiable/Good-Natured, Refined/Mannered, Sweet, Romantic, Dramatic, Earnest, Theatrical, Bittersweet, Reverent Since coming to national attention on the second season of American Idol in 2003 — where he was the unexpected runner up, only to become the biggest selling male artist the show has ever featured — Clay Aiken has evolved into a versatile and beloved popular entertainer.
He was a correspondent for The Insider for the 2005 Emmy Awards, co-hosted The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet, and Live with Regis and Kelly, both in 2006, and appeared on the sit-com Ed (2004), the legendary soaps All My Children (2005) and Days of Our Lives (2006), he also made a guest appearance on the comedy, Scrubs (2006), where he stole the show amid seasoned comedy actors.
Additionally, Aiken has starred in and executive produced his own NBC television special.
Early on, he also embraced the merit of a sense of humor, especially about oneself.
Because of this, Aiken remains unfailingly modest and at ease; "You should never take yourself too seriously," he says.
He chose songs that not only spoke to him, but mirrored his own experiences of learning who he is as an adult and where he belongs in the world at large.
As he sings on the stirring title track, "I`ve seen the best, I`ve seen the worst, I wouldn`t change what I`ve been through.
The record, which featured the hits "Invisible" and "This is the Night," sold 3 million copies and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.