Clay Aiken is one of the most admired singersaround the world.
This "American Idol" pop star is also a TV personality, political contender, and social activist.
Clay became a United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador in 2004. He helped in a U.N. program that aims to provide primary education to every child.
Clay was born on November 30, 1978, in Raleigh, North Carolina.
He stands 1.85 meters tall and is now 43 years old.
He was raised and completed high school in Raleigh.
During his growing up years, he would sing in the church and in school choirs. He also sang in some local theater productions and musicals.
Clay even joined the local band Just by Chance and Friends, which also gave him the chance to co-host concerts.
In 1955, he moved to Charlotte and enrolled at the University of North Carolina.
As a university student, he took a part-time job as an assistant to a kid with autism.
One day, the kid’s mother suggested that he audition for "American Idol."
Clay Aiken On The End Of American Idol | The Meredith Vieira Show
|Net worth||$11 million|
|Birthday||30 November 1978|
|Height||6 feet, 1 inch|
On August 8, 2008, Clay revealed on his official page that he has welcomed his son.
He had him with Jaymes Foster, the sister of David Foster, who produced three albums of Clay.
That same year in September, he publicly declared himself gay.
Clay is not dating anyone. He is single, as of this writing.
He had four relationships before.
First was with Jaymes Foster (2008).
After he revealed that he is gay, he dated actor Reed Kelly (2008-2010), Devin Finn (2010), and theater actor Jeff Walter (2010-2011).
He has an only son named Parker Foster Aiken.
He was born on August 8, 2008.
Clay has two sisters: Deborah Grissom and Amy Sawyer.
Their two brothers are Jeff Parker and Brett Parker, who is a movie director.
Clay competed at the Season 2 of "American Idol."
Before receiving a suggestion to audition for the said singing reality show, he initailly decided to join another reality show, the "Amazing Race."
He changed his mind after a friend advised him to instead opt for an audition for "American Idol."
Clay sang Heatwave's RnB classic "Always and Forever" (1976) in his audition for "American Idol."
The judges were astonished by his voice as he seemed to look like a simple guy. They didn't expect he could belt out a song like that.
He made 32 rounds in the said contest.
In 2002, he was recalled by the producersto make a surprise appearance on the "American Idol" Season 5 finale.
In 2003, he released his first solo album, “Measure of a Man.”
It was a success and even ranked first on the Billboard 200 chart.
Clay released eight more albums after that, all pop songs.
In 2013, a decade after his debut album came out, he released “The Very Best of Christmas.”
Clay has six studio albums, two compilation albums, and 18 singles.
He also have five music videos.
“Measure of a Man” was a big hit. It sold 613,000 copies in a week. It even received double platinum from RIAA the same year of its release.
His album “Tried and True” (2010) got the number nine spot on the Billboard 200 chart.
As per his latest posts, Clay is living in Raleigh, North Carolina, for political reasons.