The following video features a preview of Clay Aiken’s first Public Television special. Like other classic artists Clay’s new sound will be promoted to the PBS audience.
I call it his new sound because this is the first time in 7 years that he will be recorded and presented as the artist he always was in spite of RCA/19’s stubborn insistence of cramming him into the pop music box.
This is the Clay Aiken who recorded 2 albums of this kind of music before he ever thought to try out for American Idol. This is who he was on the show and the not-so-geniuses at 19/RCA thought they knew better than he did what his musical identity should be.
All I can say is thank goodness he is free of their evil clutches and thank goodness he survived their bungling of his career.
Clay has notched quite a few firsts among the AI Alumni.
He was the first to:
Debut at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
Sell a platinum single
Debut at #1 with a double platinum album in his first week of sales
First to spend 2 weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200.
First to get the cover of Rolling Stone
First to record a song for a Disney movie (Aladdin)
First to be the musical guest on Saturday Night Live
First to record a reading of a children’s book (Arthur: Stories For Heroes)
First to graduate from college after AI
First to co-headline arenas on his first national tour.
First to found his own charitable organization (National Inclusion Project)
First to travel the world for UNICEF as a Goodwill Ambassador
First to serve on a Presidential Committee
First to sell over a million Christmas albums in a single season.
First to make the New York Times Bestseller list with his memoir (Learning to Sing)
First to sing the National Anthem for the World Series opening game.
First to win an American Music Award
First to perform on the American Music Awards
First to win a Billboard Music Award
First to perform on the Billboard Music Awards
First runner up to outsell the winner of American Idol
First to win the most loved reality show alumni award in TV Guide
First to make the cover of TV Guide
First to make People Magazine’s 100 sexiest men
First to make the cover of Entertainment Weekly as a solo artist.
First to guest star on Scrubs
First to guest star on 30 Rock
First to have his own major network TV Special (A Clay Aiken Christmas)
First to executive produce his own TV show.
First to appear in a soap opera
First to require a personal body guard
First to get the cover of People Magazine
First to be honored with his caricature on Sardi’s wall
First to have his hand prints in the Hard Rock Cafe
First to have a performance outfit in a museum
First on the Good Morning America Summer Concert Series.
First on Jimmy Kimmel Live
First to appear alone on Larry King
First to have the AI contestants as his backup singers and dancers on a return appearance
First to appear solo on Oprah
First to receive The Family Equality Council Award
First to present an award at the GLAAD Media Awards
First to speak at the Human Rights Campaign Convention
First to address Congress
There are more that I can’t list because I’m still learning but his fans can help me out in the comments.
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