Thursday, November 29, 2007

Clay Aiken: When The Lights Go Down and Up and Down

Clay Aiken is on tour again. We all know that he has a fantastic voice and that he can command a stage even when surrounded by a 45 piece orchestra and his 2 amazing backup singers. This year the annual Christmas tour started on Monday, Nov 26th with new arrangements and some new songs. He will perform almost every night in a new city until Dec.22nd, when he leaves for his next Unicef mission. He'll be back in time for rehearsals to be ready for his Broadway debut in Spamalot on Jan 18th 2008.

The following video is a new song that Clay hasn't sung in concert before. It is called Welcome To Our World.

There you have the more formal Clay. This past summer Clay toured through July and August with his more pop flavored songs. You may not be aware but he also likes to give his backup singers their own solos on each tour. He chooses the songs they will sing and is very proud and happy for them to get their time in the spotlight. These are not just his singers but they are good friends too.

The friendship is illustrated so well in the following candid video taken from the audience by a fan. The set up for that night was unusual. For some reason the venue had only 2 spotlights for 3 singers and as Quiana pointed out, 2 of them are black and without the light they disappear. So Clay introduces Quiana and walks away to sit down and listen to her sing, but the venue lighting person can't seem to understand that Clay doesn't want a light on him, he wants it on Quiana. Watch how he deals with it. This video shows Clay's truly generous character and his mischievous sense of humor. He can't resist teasing her by feeling her up a bit while she's sitting in his lap.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Clay Aiken Christmas Sampler

Clay's 4th annual Christmas Tour begins on Monday November 26th in Wichita Kansas. Each year Clay gives us a new and creative way to present the most beautiful songs of the season. In 2004 he incorporated his band with orchestra plus local Elementary and High School Choirs at each venue. My favorite songs from that year are:

Oh Holy Night

Silent Night

I'll Be Home For Christmas

Good News

The Joyful Noise Tour of 2005 was my favorite because it was a homespun and sweetly poignant play written by Clay. He invited local community theater groups to participate and he became the soundtrack, singing the songs that illustrate each vignette. If that weren't enough, he also embodied the Gaurdian Angel that watches over the life of a lonely older woman and the young boy next door that came to visit. Heck we even got snow!

Christmas Time

Celebrate Me Home

Mary Did You Know

Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem

In 2006 Clay kept it simple. Just a 42 piece orchestra, his voice and a lot of witty audience interaction. Clay Aiken the comedian combined with jaw dropping talent. What better way to say Merry Christmas and celebrate the birth of Christ?

My Grownup Christmas List

Sleigh Ride

O Come O Come Emmanuel

All Is Well

I can't wait to see what he has in store for us this year!


Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Sasha Cohen and Clay Aiken

Exclusive-behind-the-scenes video of Clay Aiken & Olympic skater Sasha Cohen taping their TV special from Brightcove TV.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Shae-Lynn Bourne Skates to Clay Aiken

I just love watching this performance over and over. Shae-Lynn is a total cutie and quite the flirt!

This is just the flirty parts :)


Sasha Cohen and Clay Aiken

See the Capitol One Holiday on Ice TV Special starring Clay Aiken and Sasha Cohen on NBC, Christmas Day.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Another Way to Support Unicef

Every time you start a conversation using i’m, Microsoft shares a portion of the program's advertising revenue with some of the world's most effective organizations dedicated to social causes. Choose the one that best addresses the issues you feel most passionate about. As you can see, these are groups you know and groups you know can get things done. Because this isn't only about good intentions, it's also about great results.

This is a wonderful new way to support the causes you believe in. Many of us use instant messengers to chat with each other but if we all used this one, every time we chat, it can help the causes we support. This IM program also let's you chat with your buddies on Yahoo! so if your friends are all on Yahoo! you can carry on without losing them from your buddy lists, even though you are using this program.

The charitable donations option is only available to those in the USA right now but they are working to add other countries asap. Those people that are not in the USA can also use Windows Live Messenger though, and when they chat with their American friends, they are helping to support their favorite cause by being in the network.