Wednesday, April 29, 2009

David Foster and Friends

Clay Aiken joins David Foster and Friends at Mandalay Bay on May 9th.

Back by popular demand, a concert celebration featuring music’s premier songwriter and producer David Foster will take place Saturday, May 9 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. The event will pay tribute to the 15-time Grammy winner and will feature Clay Aiken, Philip Bailey from the chart-topping band Earth, Wind & Fire, Brian McKnight, Peter Cincotti and Oprah Winfrey’s protégé, Charice. Foster also will perform some of the hits he has written or produced during his 40-year musical career. The event is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.

For tickets: Link

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The Family Equality Council Award

Clay Aiken Accepts Family Equality Council Award

Last night at Tavern on the Green in New York City, The Family Equality Council honored Terry Boggis, Director of Center Kids in NYC, with the first Hostetter-Habib Family Award for her over twenty years of service to the LGBT community. The Family Equality Council also honored Clay Aiken for his longstanding commitment to all children through his inclusion work with his own foundation, The Bubel-Aiken Foundation, his work as a Goodwill Ambassador with UNICEF, and for for all that he does to make the world a safer place for his own child and the children of LGBT parents.

Here is the video of Clay acceptance speech:

~Clay Aiken receives the Family Equality Council Award at Tavern on the Green on April 21, 2009. Video courtesy of Mustbeeme~

Clay and guest performer, Linda Eder

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Friday, April 10, 2009

Holding Court

America's Next Top Model
with special guest Clay Aiken

For more ANTM information visit Carolina On My Mind.

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Monday, April 06, 2009

Judge Aiken: America's Next Top Model

This week Clay will be starring in America's Next Top Model as judge and a mentor in the acting challenge.


Here's an interview from the Associated Press with the exciting news that Clay is fielding offers from record labels, television and stage.

Aiken judges aspiring models' acting abilities

The Associated Press
Monday, April 6, 2009; 1:53 PM

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Performer Clay Aiken says he thinks his "American Idol" experience helped contestants appreciate his comments when he was a judge in an episode of "America's Next Top Model" due to be aired Wednesday.

"It was interesting to be on the other side of the table and think of all these things that I went through in 2003," Aiken told The Associated Press in a phone interview, referring to the year he finished second to Ruben Studdard during the second season of Fox's hit reality show.

"I think the girls kind of appreciated that, the fact that I had been in a similar position," Aiken, 30, said in the Friday interview. "I was going to be a judge, yes, but be a judge who understood a little bit about what they're going through."

Aiken's stint as a judge and opposite the contestants in an acting scene airs Wednesday night on the CW Network. He said he was selected to judge acting because of his time in "Monty Python's Spamalot" on Broadway and because the competition focused on stage acting.

It also didn't hurt that the show's host and creator, Tyra Banks, has been a friend since Aiken appeared on her talk show in 2006.

Aiken appears with the contestants in a quick scene designed "to show their ability to act in a large and comedic way," he said. "A lot of the struggle for these contestants is to be able to come out of their shells."

He doesn't know who won the season, although he does know who gets voted off Wednesday. One clue is that the women who stay are "the people who are willing to be themselves and not worry," he said.

Aiken, who was famously remade during his time on "Idol," said he was out of his element for the fashion part of "ANTM." "I'm wearing a UNICEF T-shirt and University of Tennessee pajama pants," he said. "I can't judge that."

Except for a temporary gig in New York while performing on Broadway, Aiken has lived in Raleigh for the past three years. Right after "Idol" ended, he lived in Los Angeles, but was unhappy there.

Aiken demurred from answering any questions about his son, Parker Foster Aiken, who was born in August to his friend, Jaymes Foster, and was conceived by in-vitro fertilization. Her brother, music producer David Foster, told AP Radio last week that Aiken is a "spectacular father" and Jaymes is "a natural mother."

Aiken's recording contract with RCA has ended, and he said he's considering other labels, while also looking at stage and television offers.

"All three look enticing, and I'm in the luxurious position of letting them sit down and come to me," he said.

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