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


  1. The snippets of the songs sound wonderful. I can't wait until May 6th.

  2. always and forever loving clay aiken1:56 PM

    It's nice to go back and read this from the perspective that Clay, Jaymes, and Kipper had in creating this album.

    I'm so glad they found songs, whether completely new or little known and recognized songs that can still technically be called originals, that reflect the theme that Clay wanted in this CD.

    From all the snippets I've heard, I think he's got himself a beautiful new CD. I can hardly wait to hear all of these songs, sung in that glorious voice that belongs only to Clay.

    Congratulations to Clay, Jaymes, and Kipper on what has all the earmarks of being a beautiful new CD!!!

  3. Anonymous2:59 PM

    I had never heard any of the songs on this CD, with the exception of "Lover All Alone", which is a wonderful song, so all of it is new to me. So far, I have an earworn for "Draw the Line".

  4. It's so cool to see Clay so excited about this CD, the production of it, how the songs were chosen and the meaning behind the lyrics.

    I can't wait to have the cd on May 6.

  5. kielbasa8:47 PM

    I think Clay has FINALLY recorded the CD he wanted to be his sophomore effort.

    His enthusiasm is so contagious! Love all the great press! Love all the scheduled appearances! Love the snippets! Love the guy!

    Hey, evilC and Roger: I hope your new "pastures" are filled with dried-up, prickly weeds.

  6. Can't wait for the release day! Me, I've already preordered 15 copies (I only keep 2 for myself; the rest are gifts). . .and of that 15, 5 were from QVC! Had to have those extras, dontcha know!

  7. Anonymous11:41 AM

    JP frogface leaked the CD on his blog. He is such a disgusting and disturbing horrible person.

  8. Anonymous11:42 AM

    John Paulus leaked the entire CD on his blog.

  9. And you ladies are so happy that I did leak the CD. I'm sure you've been listening to it ALL.DAY.LONG!!!