Saturday, August 26, 2006

Looking Back to the Future


In only 3 short weeks the Hoopla will begin Round 2 of the roller coaster that is Clay's public life. He'll be here, there and everywhere doing promotional appearances and accepting invitations to perform.

If this next year or 2 are anything like 2003 and 2004 were, we better clear off our hard drives and clear off our credit cards because the ride is just about to take off. I can't wait!

The people we reverently and affectionately call our Clack Gatherers are readying their equipment and everyone is upgrading their computers and recording devices for a really fun Round 2 in Clay's career.

Nobody, except his fans, expected his career to take off the way it did in 2003. The runner up is supposed to put out a nice souvenir CD for the American Idol viewers and then drift back to wherever they came from. Who knew that with virtually no radioplay, his debut CD would go triple platinum? It boggles the mind to try to imagine the level of success he'll reach WITH radio. Let's hope the program directors finally see that Clay is not a novelty but rather a bona fide success, and he is definitely that. A recent article had this to say about him.

A most unlikely star, Clay Aiken has proved he's got not only the chops to make it as a successful pop artist, but also the magnetism of our most beloved singers. He may have been the "American Idol" runner-up, but his career is a winner. When he's not busy with extensive charity work, he's touring and recording. Check out his upcoming third album, A Thousand Different Ways.


Clay has survived the skepticism, the overly harsh criticism and the gossip media that tried so hard to sink his career. Take a trip down memory lane if you were there, or if you missed the first Episode in the Clay Aiken saga then watch some highlights of what the Fame Ride really can look like. The song "It's My Life" by No Doubt was well chosen as the background to this incredible collection of clips that highlight the reality of fame.



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Friday, August 25, 2006

Things Are Starting To Happen!




So far there are 3 TV appearances/performances on the calendar.

Sept 5th - Insider
Sept 15th - The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
Sept 19th - Good Morning America <---- date changed from Sept 21 and confirmed.
Sept 22nd - The View
Sept 26th - Jimmy Kimmel Live

There will also be a Walmart Spotlight Soundcheck for Clay starting September 29th 2006 and will run for 2 weeks. There will be several performance videos of songs from his new CD and Interviews. You can go here: http://soundcheck.walmart.com/index.html to download the exclusive content starting Sept 29th.

There are a few Christmas concerts scheduled too. Clay will be the guest artist performing with various symphony orchestras on these dates and locations.

Dec. 9, Saturday. Williamsport Community Arts Center. Williamsport, PA
Time: 7:30 pm (Eastern)
Tickets: On sale Aug. 14; https://max.pct.edu/scripts/max/2000/maxweb.exe
Price: $65, $50, $40
Venue website: http://www.pct.edu/commarts/
Venue Capacity: 2100
Address: 220 West Fourth Street, Williamsport PA 17701
Map: http://www.pct.edu/commarts/directions.htm
Phone: 570-326-2424 or 800-432-9382
Seating Chart: http://www.pct.edu/commarts/boxoffice.htm

Dec. 14, Thursday. Tilles Center for the Performing Arts. Brookville, NY
on the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University
Time: 8:00 pm (Eastern)
Tickets: on sale Sept 8 at 10 AM. http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?organ_val=2772 or call 516-299-3100
Price: $150, $65, $45
Venue website: http://www.tillescenter.org/
See also: http://www.liu.edu/cwis/cwp/tilles/tilles.html
Venue Capacity: 2,242
Address:Long Island University address: 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville, NY 11548
Map: http://www.tillescenter.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=about.directions
Campus Map: http://www.cwpost.liu.edu/cwis/cwp/location/map
Phone: (516) 299-3100
Seating Chart: Download "NFH General Seating Chart" here: http://www.liu.edu/cwis/cwp/tilles/tech/dload.htm
Parking: Ample, free on-site


Dec. 15, Friday. Eisenhower Hall Theatre. West Point, NY
Time: X:XX pm (Eastern)
Tickets: Online ticketing at https://ikehalltix.com/
Tickets will be available first online and later at the box office.
Price:
Venue website: http://www.ikehall.com/
Venue Capacity: 4325
Address: 655 Ruger Rd. USMA. West Point, NY 10996-1593
Map: http://www.ikehall.com/directions.htmPhone: (845) 938-4159
Seating Chart: http://www.ikehall.com/seating.htm


Dec. 16, Saturday. Count Basie Theatre. Red Bank, NJ
Time: 8:00 pm (Eastern)
Tickets: On sale now at http://countbasietheatre.org
Price: $38.50 to $125.00 (add $4 for fees)
Venue website: http://countbasietheatre.org
Venue Capacity: 1550
Address: 99 Monmouth Street. Red Bank, New Jersey 07701
Map: http://countbasietheatre.org/directions.phpPhone: (732) 842-9000 (M-F 12pm-6pm;Sat.: 12pm-3pm)
Seating Chart: http://countbasietheatre.org/seating.php

Dec. 19, Tuesday. DeVos Performance Hall. Grand Rapids, MI
Time: 7:30 pm (time zone)
Tickets: Tickets on sale 9 am, 8-24-06. Order by phone at 616-454-9451 ext 4. ticketmaster.com is their online ticket vendor but this concert is not listed there as of 8/23.
Price:
Venue website: http://www.grsymphony.org/, http://www.grandcenter.com/
Venue Capacity: 2402
Address: 303 Monroe NW. Grand Rapids, MI
Map: http://www.grsymphony.org/grs06.about.contact.html http://www.grandcenter.com/parking.asp
Phone: 616-742-6600, Symphony Ticket Office: 616-454-9451 ext 4
Seating Chart: http://www.grandcenter.com/pdfs/devos-performance-hall.pdf, target="_blank">http://www.grsymphony.org/grs06.tickets.vs.devos.html

More to come. Will update as soon as possible.

Enjoy some song previews :)




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Saturday, August 12, 2006

Let's Party!




When "Measure of a Man" was released in October 2003 there were CD Release parties held in most major cities in North America and a few other countries around the world. We're gearing up to do it again but this time there are more countries and there is a central location to find out the times and locations of the parties and to join in. The message board is set up by countries, states, provinces and cities. It is a truly International phenomenon that promises to be a lot of fun. It is entirely created and run by fans for fans. You can find the Clay Nation Central-CD Release Parties board here:

http://www.clayaikencdparties.com/forums/index.php?http://www.clayaikencdparty.com/forums/index.php?act=idx

Come join the fun and be one of the first to get Clay's new CD " A Thousand Different Ways"

I just checked on Amazon and you can pre-order his CD on the Germany, France, United Kingdom, Japan, Canada and USA sites! Cool! Last time it was only US and Canada. This must mean he'll be touring Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Asia too. I'm so excited! Watch out world, here he comes!

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Monday, August 07, 2006

Clay's Family is not part of his Job!




"As a so-called `celebrity' I have become used to scurrilous allegations and untruths being made about me and my work. I have always taken the path of not reacting to these matters and have accepted them as, somehow, coming with the 'job' However, I cannot, and will not, stand by when these attacks are made on my family."


FOXNEWS.COM

Author of Clay Aiken Book Sues Singer
Monday, August 07, 2006

RALEIGH, N.C. — The author of an "unauthorized tribute" to Clay Aiken is suing the "American Idol" singer, claiming he defamed her and conspired to stifle sales of her book.

Jeannie Holleman, 50, says she is a lifelong friend and neighbor of a Raleigh family that were friends with Aiken's mother, Faye Parker, and took her in when Parker and her young son left her abusive husband.

In the lawsuit, filed Friday in Wake County Superior Court, Holleman claims Aiken, his mother and others conspired to defame her and depress sales of her book by denying they knew her, branding her stories as lies and demeaning the book on Aiken fans websites.

Holleman's 2005 book,"Out of the Blue _'Clay'it Forward," incorporates interviews from the McGhee family and her own recollections with stories from Aiken's fans.

The lawsuit seeks at least $260,000 in damages and asks the court to order Aiken to retract the critical comments or endorse the book on his official Web site, to write a positive introduction for the book and to sell the book at his concerts for at least five years.

The lawsuit also claims a bodyguard for Aiken manhandled Holleman at a fundraiser in Hawaii.

A telephone message left Sunday at Parker's home was not returned.

Aiken, in a statement issued by RCA Records, said Monday that he had "instructed my attorneys to not only vigorously dispute the claims that have been made but to also pursue all possible remedies against those involved in the perpetration of these untruths."


That's my Clay!

Clay's third album, A Thousand Different Ways, is due for release Sept. 19. Mark your calendars!


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Friday, August 04, 2006

Oh Lord! Take me now!



Entertainment tonight featured Clay's photoshoot for the CD cover on August 2nd. It took me a few days to recover. Oh My Bloody Gah! Does he look good or what? Clay has re-invented himself and I'm in love all over again. Sweet Jeebus that man is gorgeous.



The official RCA Press Release is finally here! September 19th! Mark your calendars!

Clay Aiken Releases New RCA Records Album 'A Thousand Different Ways' in Stores on September 19th
Thursday August 3, 10:00 am ET


LOS ANGELES, Calif., August 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The long wait for Clay Aiken fans is over. RCA Records will release the singer's third album, "A Thousand Different Ways" on September 19th. The project, Aiken's first outing since 2004, combines 10 cover versions of well-known songs from the '70s, '80s and '90s with four brand-new songs.

The album is a follow-up to Aiken's debut set, "Measure of a Man," which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart and is certified triple-platinum, as well as the platinum-selling "Merry Christmas with Love," the best-selling holiday album of the 2004 season.

For Aiken, the new album's title has multiple meanings. "This is an album of love songs," he explains, "but they are about all different kinds of love. Romantic love, Friendship, Unconditional love. There are a thousand different kinds of love; a thousand different ways to tell someone you love them. And, on top of that, since so many of these songs are covers, it's realistic to say that many of them have been or could be sung a thousand different ways."

In fact, Aiken has put his own spin on some of the well-known songs he has recorded for his new album. "These are songs I heard growing up. I loved them then and I still love them today, but we decided to do them a little differently. They have new arrangements and we put our own style on some of them."

Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil's "Here You Come Again," a No. 3 hit for Dolly Parton in 1978, stands out for Aiken. "I've always loved that song," he says. "But for this album, we didn't use a country arrangement. It's a ballad version now. Adam Anders produced the most amazing arrangement and I couldn't wait to sing it."

Aiken credits Chairman CEO BMG U.S., Clive Davis for coming up with the concept for the album. "When we first embarked on making an album, my executive producer Jaymes Foster and I started out with one or two covers, then we had three. We slowly discovered that it's harder these days to come by songs that are as superb as the songs that I grew up on. Based on that, it was Clive's brainchild that we take classic love songs of the last 30 years and pair them with four new songs. He is a man who not only knows music, but really has his finger on the pulse of what listeners want to hear."

Those who have come to expect Aiken to belt out a song won't be disappointed. The album shows off Aiken's vocals in a big way with songs like the Bad English hit "When I See You Smile" and Harry Nillsson's "Without You." But Aiken will surprise fans by singing in a more relaxed style on some tracks than they have heard before, showing a different, sexier side.

Aiken fans will also be glad to know he was personally involved with the selection of every track and that he participated in every aspect of the album. "For the first album, most of the songs were chosen ahead of time. I was less of a participant in the process. The second album was a Christmas album, so we naturally chose songs of the season. This new album has much more of me in it. Right from the beginning, Clive and Jaymes wanted to find songs that were right for me. Jaymes told me, "Stay in your lane, but remember it's okay to swerve a little and see where it takes you.' That's exactly what we did."

The following is a complete track listing for the much-anticipated "A Thousand Different Ways," including writer and producer credits:


RIGHT HERE WAITING
Originally recorded by: Richard Marx
Written by: Richard Marx / Produced by: John Fields

WHEN I SEE YOU SMILE
Originally recorded by: John Waite
Written by: Diane Warren / Produced by: John Fields

WITHOUT YOU
Originally recorded by: Badfinger and Then Harry Nilsson
Written by: William Collings, Thomas Evans, Michael Gibbins, Peter Ham,
and J.C. Molland
Produced by: John Fields

LONELY NO MORE
(NEW SONG)
Written by: Andreas Carlsson, Samuel Waermo, Mimmi Waermo & Clay Aiken
Produced by: Andreas Carlsson and Samuel Waermo

SORRY SEEMS TO BE THE HARDEST WORD
Originally recorded by: Elton John
Written by: Elton John & Bernie Taupin
Producer by: Per Magnusson & David Kreuger

EVERYTIME YOU GO AWAY
Originally recorded by: Paul Young
Written by: Daryl Hall
Produced by: Adam Anders

EVERYTHING I DO (I DO IT FOR YOU)
Originally recorded by: Bryan Adams
Written by: Bryan Adams, Michael Kamen & Robert John "Mutt" Lange
Produced by: John Fields

I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS - Guest Vocals by Suzie McNeil
Originally recorded by: Foreigner
Written by: Michael Jones
Produced by: Russ Irwin, Marti Frederiksen & Charlton Pettus

THESE OPEN ARMS
(NEW SONG)
Written by: Jon Bon Jovi & Desmond Childs
Produced by: John Fields

BECAUSE YOU LOVED ME
Originally recorded by: Celine Dion
Written by: Diane Warren
Produced by: Eman

HERE YOU COME AGAIN
Originally recorded by: Dolly Parton
Written by: Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil

EVERYTHING I HAVE - Featuring William Joseph on Piano
(NEW SONG)
Written by: Jeremy Bose
Arranged by: Jeremy Lubbock

A THOUSAND DAYS
(NEW SONG)
Written by: Christian Leuzzi, Aldo Nova & Emanuel Olsson
Produced by: John Fields

BROKEN WINGS
Originally recorded by: Mr. Mister
Written by: Richard Page, John Lang & Steve George
Produced by: Eman


Suzie McNeil (you may remember her from Rockstar:INXS) duets with Clay in one of the songs and their voices are so beautiful together. (I heard a portion of it). She has a solo CD coming out soon.

This is Suzie McNeil. http://www.suziemcneil.ca/



Looks like Suzie and Clay went to see The Color Purple together back in January. Cute, aren't they?




William Joseph, who opened for Clay's Christmas tour this past Christmas, is featured on one of the songs as well. His CD, Within, is awesome. He's a modern and classical pianist that you have to hear for yourself. http://www.williamjoseph.com




This CD is going to knock everyone's socks off.
How do I know? Because the haters listened to the few snippets of 3 songs and they HATE THEM! They are in ClayBash Overdrive. Hee Hee!

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