Clay Aiken

Clay Aiken DEMDemocrat

American singer-songwriter, actor, and record producer

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Clay AikenDEMDemocrat American singer-songwriter, actor, and record producer
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Clayton Holmes Aiken (né Grissom; born November 30, 1978) is an American singer, television personality, actor, Democratic political candidate and activist. Aiken finished second place on the second season of American Idol in 2003, and his debut album, Measure of a Man, went multi-platinum. He released four more albums on the RCA label, Merry Christmas with Love (2004), A Thousand Different Ways (2006), the Christmas EP All is Well (2006), and On My Way Here (2008). Since then he has released two more albums, both with Decca Records: Tried and True (2010) and Steadfast (2012). Aiken has also had eleven tours in support of his albums. In all, he has sold over 5 million albums, and is the fourth-highest-selling American Idol alumnus.Aiken co-wrote a bestselling memoir in 2004, Learning to Sing. In 2004 he also had a televised Christmas special, A Clay Aiken Christmas. During much of 2008 he appeared on Broadway in the musical comedy Spamalot, in the role of Sir Robin. In 2010 he hosted the PBS special Tried & True Live!. He has also had numerous cameo and guest appearances on TV shows.

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Education5 - 5 of 3
Leesville Road High School
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Campbell University
Past Positions1 - 5 of 5
National Inclusion Project
2003 - Current
Duraleigh Media
2003 - Current
American Idol
Former Camp Counselor
Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA)
Former Special Education Teacher
Brentwood Elementary School
Other Experience1 - 3 of 3
Education Programs, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
2004 - 2013
Former Volunteer
After-School Program, Brentwood Elementary
Presidential Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities