year has been called many things. His amazing year, his transitional
year, his take charge year, his coming of age year. It's been nothing
if not fascinating. This page started out to be just a "Year
in Pictures" but along the way it turned into something more.
376 days in the making ....
This has been
a phenomenal year, made no less so by the members of the Clay Nation.
I thank each one of you for your contribution to this fabulous fandom.
HERE ARE SOME
FANTASTIC OFFERINGS FROM OTHER MEMBERS OF THE CLAY NATION!!!
TO EASTERN EUROPE - "SOMETHING THAT REALLY HAPPENED"
CLAY TELLS US
THAT HE AND KRISTY TOOK A WELL-DESERVED VACATION TO EASTERN EUROPE,
VISITING CROATIA, LJUBLJANA, AND BUDAPEST.
3/30/06 - HONORS HIS COUSIN AT HIS RETIREMENT CEREMONY
SINGS THE NATIONAL ANTHEM AT THE RETIREMENT OF HIS COUSIN,
MASTER SGT TERRY THOMPSON AT SEYMOUR JOHNSON AFB IN NC. read
- VISITS SCHOOL IN DARIEN CT
VISITS MIDDLESEX MIDDLE SCHOOL TO PRESENT A CHECK FOR $50,000
FOR WINNING THE UNICEF KIDS HELPING KIDS® CHALLENGE
BY RAISING OVER $14,000 -PROCTOR&GAMBLE DONATED THE
FUNDS TO UNICEF ON BEHALF OF THE SCHOOL. read
- CLAY MAKES A SPLASH ON AMERICAN IDOL FINALE!
INTENSE SPECULATION HINTING AT AN APPEARANCE AND WITH NO INTRODUCTION
CLAY STRIDES ONTO STAGE WITH A NEW HAIRSTYLE, JOINING A CLAY
"IMPERSONATOR" IN "DON'T LET THE SUN GO DOWN
ON ME" WHILE THE AUDIENCE GOES WILD. SEE
IT ON YOUTUBE.
BUZZ WAS CREATED BY HIS "NEW LOOK"
DAY AND FOR THE FOLLOWING WEEK CLAY'S NEW LOOK WAS ON ALL
THE ENTERTAINMENT SHOWS, TALKED ABOUT MORE THAN EVEN PRINCE'S
SURPRISE GUEST APPEARANCE, AND IN SOME OF WINNER TAYLOR HICKS'
IS A GUEST JUDGE ON "HIS GOOD FRIEND" DAVID FOSTER'S
TALENT SHOW IN CANADA AND PERFORMS ONSTAGE AT THE BENEFIT
- CLAY MAKES AN ATTENTIVE AND ENCOURAGING JUDGE, ENJOYING
HIMSELF, AND MAKING CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM. DAVID FOSTER SHOWCASES
CLAY'S AMAZING VOICE BY PUTTING HIM THRU SOME VOCAL EXERCISES
ON THE UNCHAINED MELODY GLORY NOTE.
BUSH APPOINTS CLAY TO A SPECIAL COMMITTEE - CLAY IS SWORN IN ON
it doesn't mean Clay has an intellectual disability!
Aiken became an international sensation in the wake of his
appearance on the hit television show, ‘American Idol.’
In spite of his growing stardom, Aiken has remained steadfast
in his desire to remain true to the simple values he learned
as a child in Raleigh, North Carolina. “I still live
in the town where I grew up,” he says. “I like
surrounding myself with people I know and love.” It
is this authenticity that his millions of fans have responded
to, an almost supernatural earnestness that feels unconventional
in the cynical world of today.
the accolades that followed his stunningly close second-place
finish on the second season of American Idol have validated
him in ways that he never could have dreamed of, it is the
charitable work that his musical career has enabled him
to do that means more to him than anything else these days.
Aiken created the Bubel/Aiken Foundation in 2003, an organization
that promotes and funds educational and recreational programs
for children with special needs. “I worked with Mike
Bubel, who has autism, when I was going to school at UNCC,”
says Mr. Aiken. “His mother was very instrumental
in encouraging me to get into this business.” The
Foundation remains close to the singer’s heart at
all times. “My music career has allowed me to do the
same thing I was doing before—work with kids with
disabilities,” he says. “It has given me a big
stage to talk about the same things I always cared about.
I don’t get to be as hands-on with the kids anymore,
but I do get to work toward enacting change on a much larger
important to Mr. Aiken’s life as a humanitarian is
his work as a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF. Since 2005,
the singer has been passionately committed to supporting
the organization’s education programs. Not only has
Mr. Aiken testified before Congress urging the government
to allocate more funds for UNICEF’s global work for
children, he has also traveled to Indonesia and Uganda to
see the devastating conditions affecting millions of the
world’s children first-hand—disease, malnutrition,
kidnapping, and war, chief among them. “You just cannot
believe how some of these kids are forced to live,”
says Mr. Aiken. “It’s truly heartbreaking, yet
many people don’t even know these conditions exist.
I am hoping to shed light on some of these problems and
so that more resources can be allocated to help make things
Aiken’s upcoming album A THOUSAND DIFFERENT WAYS expresses
the many different kinds of love in the world, including
his deep love for his fellow man, particularly the littlest
ones among us. Where did such a driving need to help others
come from? “The need for help!” he answers matter-of-factly.
“You know, my mother has always been someone who urged
me to help people in need. Maybe that’s it. I don’t
think it’s something you can learn. It’s just
something you do.”
DOES AN AUTOGRAPH SIGNING AT VIRGIN SUPERSTORE IN LA
VISITS CLAY'S AUTOGRAPH SESSION
FANS GET AUTOGRAPHS AND THEN TATTOOS!
- CLAY SIGNS AUTOGRAPHS AT THE VIRGIN SUPERSTORE IN LA AND JIMMY
KIMMEL SHOWS UP WITH A SIGN CAUSING CLAY AND JEROME TO GO ON ALERT
BEFORE THEY REALIZE WHO IT IS. TWO FANS GET AUTOGRAPHS ON THEIR
BACKS AND LATER GET THEM TATTOOED FOLLOWED BY A FILM CREW FROM KIMMEL'S
KIDS AROUND WITH KIMMEL WHO SHOWS SEVERAL ITEMS SOLD ON CLAY'S WEBSITE
AND THEN GREETS THE FANS WHO GOT TATTOOED. CLAY SHOWS KIMMEL HIS
LEG WHERE HE HAD JIMMY'S FACE "TATTOOED." THEN CLAY IS
SMOKIN' HOT ON THE PONTIAC GARAGE STAGE SINGING "A THOUSAND
DAYS" AND "INVISIBLE."
CLAY IS VERY ANIMATED AND ENTERTAINING IN HIS INTERVIEW YOUTUBE
CLAY IS THIS YEAR'S RECIPIENT OF THE OUTSTANDING YOUNG ALUMNUS AWARD
UNC Charlotte Alumni Association honored five alumni at the
2006 Alumni Awards Banquet on Saturday, November 11th at the
new Harris Alumni Center. Each year, the UNC Charlotte Alumni
Association honors alumni, faculty, and friends who have reached
great levels of achievement and have distinguished themselves
through public and University service.
- CLAY GUEST-HOSTS ON REGIS & KELLY, CREATING CONTROVERSY IN
HIS WAKE AFTER TRYING THE CLAY-AIKEN-HAND-OVER-THE-MOUTH TECHNIQUE
OF TRYING TO GET A WORD IN EDGEWISE. HE ALSO DANCES WITH KARINA
SMIRNOFF, AND SINGS "A THOUSAND DAYS."
Clay Aiken and NBA legend Darryl Dawkins were on hand for the 2006
lighting of the UNICEF snowflake, the famous 12-foot Baccarat snowflake
that decorates the holiday sky above 57th Street and 5th Avenue
every year. At a special outdoor ceremony hosted by Tiffany &
Co. (complete with hot chocolate and cookies iced in Tiffany blue),
Tiffany's annual holiday window displays were also unveiled. The
Brooklyn Youth Chorus entertained with holiday carols, then UNICEF
ambassador Clay Aiken was greeted by screaming fans as he prepared
to help flip the switch to light up the UNICEF snowflake.
- TURNING THE TABLES ON HIS FANS AND OFFERING A GIFT TO US FOR HIS
BIRTHDAY, THIS YEAR CLAY INVITED WRAL'S LINDA LOVELAND TO A TOUR
OF HIS NEW HOUSE NEAR RALEIGH. WE ARE TREATED TO VIEWS OF HIS KITCHEN,
DINING ROOM, LIVING ROOM, AND 50S STYLE GAME ROOM. HE DOES NOT,
HOWEVER, SHOW US HIS BEDROOM.