Sunday, April 27, 2008

Clay Aiken Spills The Beans

Clay has recorded a fantastic 4th CD, " On My Way Here". You can listen to samples of the new songs here:

Song Samples at

He spoke about the songs and the process of choosing them in an exclusive interview with WRAL News NC.

WRAL Spills The Beans on Clay's upcoming New album

NEW YORK — Raleigh native Clay Aiken is a busy man these days, performing at night on Broadway as Sir Robin in "Monty Python's Spamalot" and working on his upcoming studio album during the day.

It's been five years since Aiken put together an original album, or one that is, he says, at least 95 percent original.

"Some of it is, you know, a kind of half-way version of original," he said. "But it's all stuff that I'd imagine 90 percent of people have not heard."

The songs had to meet two qualifications.

"They have to be something I'll enjoy and that I can do well," Aiken said. "And at the same time, they have to kind of fit into this common theme of 'On my way here.'"

"On My Way Here" is one of the tracks and might end up being the album title.

Aiken was working on that song and another the day he invited WRAL's Lynda Loveland to the recording studio. The second is called "Ashes".

"Someone told me (that) what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger," he said. "(The song) talks about bad things that might happen to you. You know, there's been some stuff that's happened in the last five years that I would rather have not happened, but you learn from things like that."

For the first time, Aiken's album, which he hopes will be released sometime after May, is being produced by one person. He kept that person secret, until now.

Known only as Kipper, he is from the United Kingdom and might be best known for producing a Grammy award-winning album for Sting.

"We wanted to find someone who had a great reputation and had done stuff in the past that was kind of edgy and current," Aiken said.

Kipper is coming up with a new sound for Aiken and even wrote a song for him that's got a bit of an R&B vibe to it.

"We've captured some really great moments," Kipper said. "I'm very optimistic we're going to have a record where people will go, 'Is that Clay? Is that Clay Aiken?"

Aiken also hopes to include a song he's penned with producer David Foster, "Lover All Alone," which was available as an iTunes bonus track on a previous album.

"It was my first attempt at writing anything, and David Foster wrote the melody," Aiken said. "He said, 'Take it home and write some lyrics.'"

It was seven months later, however, when Aiken was inspired.

"And then one day, I was sitting in Los Angeles, and all of a sudden, I had this idea, and I wrote it in, maybe, 15 minutes," he said.

Reporter: Lynda Loveland

WRAL Spills The Beans on Clay's upcoming album

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Clay Aiken Handprints on Wall of Fame

IN NEW YORK TODAY: CLAY AIKEN becomes a permanent part of Planet Hollywood with his autograph and famous handprint.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Clay Aiken, 'On My Way Here' -- Song Premiere

Popeater has the first listen up on their blog

Posted Apr 7th 2008 12:00AM by Reg Gonzales
Filed under: Pop, Songs, Song Premiere, Exclusive, New Music
Artist: Clay Aiken
Song: 'On My Way Here'
Why You Should Listen: The pop superstar will be releasing his eagerly-awaited album 'On My Way Here' on May 6 -- his first collection of original songs since 2003. And since Clay fans are just "Aiken" to hear new music, satisfy your sweet tooth with the inspiring first single, written by OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder.

Click here to listen!


Friday, April 04, 2008

American Idol Extra: Clay Aiken

Clay talks about his Spamalot experience, living in New York City and his new album , On My Way Here, due May 6th.

Aiken is well on his way to new CD

USA Today
April 3 2008

"I would like to have signature songs," Clay Aiken says, "songs that are identifiable as mine as opposed to 'Clay Aiken sings such-and-such.' " That's why the American Idol Season 2 runner-up conducted an intensive search for songs he could connect with.

"I went through a bunch of songs and found On My Way Here by (OneRepublic's) Ryan Tedder, and it hit me in the gut," he says. "It became the catalyst for the whole album to be lyrically connected — most of the songs relate to lessons I've learned."

On My Way Here became both the title track and lead single for Aiken's album, due May 6 on RCA. The album, produced by Kipper, is Aiken's first collection of new material since his debut, 2003's Measure of a Man, which has sold nearly 3 million copies.

Aiken co-wrote one song on the new album, Lover All Alone. Musically, he promises the new album has "a little bit of something for everyone, from symphonic-type ballads to upbeat, edgy stuff."

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Carly Smithson Sings Clay Aiken's Version of Here You Come Again

Listen to Clay's version and then to Carly's

Click on Carly Smithson to hear her version.