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Clay Aiken

Clay Aiken

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Famous as :

Pop music singer

Birth Name :

Clayton Holmes Grissom

Birth Date :

November 30, 1978

Birth Place :

Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

Claim to fame :

First runner-up of the 2nd season of "American Idol"

Biography


Being number two does not always turn out to be an unsuccessful challenger and Clay Aiken has evinced it brilliantly. As the runner up of the 2003 American Idol, he has proven to score a fantastic attainment more than what the contest's winner, Ruben Studdard, has done. Perhaps all of these have never come to his mind before since he actually does not possess any intention and determination to be a famous singer. Born on November 30, 1978 in Raleigh, North Carolina, he has been named Clayton Holmes Grissom. When Clay was barely one year old, his violent and alcoholic father, Vernon Grissom deserted the family. His mother, Faye Aiken, then raised him on her own with deep affection. This strong willed woman quickly discovered that her son has talent in singing. By the age of 5, Clay was supported to perform at a local high school dance.

When Clay turned six, Faye remarried with Ray Parker. Through this man, he found out what the word "family" means. He, therefore, considered and respected him as his real father until Parker's death in July 2002. Meanwhile, Clay passed his childhood happily, along with his stepsister, Amy, stepbrother, Jeff, and half-brother, Brett. Growing up as a teenager, he joined Raleigh Boys Choir while also being involved in various musical projects, stage plays, and playhouse shows. Nevertheless, his love to teach and help children was greater so that he decided to concentrate on his study. After having been graduated from Raleigh's Leesville Road High School, he took special education major at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he later became the head of its Council of Exceptional Children. Most of his summertime was spent working at local YMCA as well as volunteering to help children with disabilities.

Latest News


Clay Aiken's Congressional Opponent Keith Crisco Dies

May 13, 2014 08:18:50 GMT

Keith Crisco, a businessman who competed in Democratic primary against in North Carolina, has passed away. According to a statement released by his family, Crisco passed away at the age of 71 on Monday, May 12 following an accidental fall at his home in Asheboro, N.C.
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Clay Aiken Officially Files to Run for Congress in North Carolina

February 28, 2014 04:20:10 GMT

officially joins congressional race in his native North Carolina. The singer, who had previously announced his plans to run for Congress, submitted paperwork on Thursday, February 27 to seek the Democratic nomination in the state's 2nd District.
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Clay Aiken Running for Congress to Challenge Rep. Renee Ellmers

February 05, 2014 15:09:02 GMT

From "", is attempting to make a transition to politic. The "Idol" season 2 runner-up announced on Wednesday, February 5 that he's running for Congress in his native North Carolina, campaigning for Democratic nominee to challenge Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers.
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A Woman Arrested for Sneaking Into Clay Aiken's House

April 10, 2013 06:03:11 GMT

got an uninvited guest at his North Carolina home last Wednesday, April 3. A woman was caught peering into a window in the front of the former "" contestant's house. The stranger allegedly hopped a fence to get into his property.
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Sean Penn Helps Raise Over $2 Million for Haiti at Fundraiser in Cannes

May 21, 2012 03:45:45 GMT

has brought Haiti back to the spotlight by holding an auction fundraiser at this year's Cannes Film Festival. While the final numbers were still being tallied, it is believed that the Oscar winner's "Carnival in Cannes Gala for Haitian Relief" event has managed to raise over $2 million for the country devastated by earthquake in 2010.
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Arsenio Hall Wins Over Clay Aiken in 'The Celebrity Apprentice' Season Finale

May 21, 2012 03:43:09 GMT

has picked Arsenio Hall as the winner of "" season 5 although the comedian raised only half of the amount raised by the other finalist, . Admitting that it was a tough decision, Mr. Trump said, "I've never been so torn," before announcing the champion.
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Clay Aiken: 20 Years From Now, We'll Be Ashamed That We Opposed Gay Marriage

May 14, 2012 03:54:34 GMT

believes that people will be left embarrassed by their current opposition to same-sex marriage in the future. The former "" runner-up voiced his opinion on the controversial subject when appearing alongside Tony Perkins, the president of anti-gay marriage Family Research Council, on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday, May 13.
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Clay Aiken Took a Jab at Rihanna's Singing Skill

March 28, 2012 18:18:13 GMT

once again becomes the subject of diss after ' put the word out there that she is one of those "karaoke" singers. This time, a similar comment came from "" runner-up who is currently one of the remaining contestants on "".
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'True Blood' New Season 5 Teasers: You Can't Escape Your Past

March 26, 2012 07:09:10 GMT

Weeks after the first teaser for "" season 5 was released, more promo videos for the show's upcoming return hit the web. Still not sharing new scenes, each of the teasers gives a look at Fangtasia's, Bill's house and Sookie's house with excerpts of conversations from past events which were set in the place.
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Very Pregnant Jessica Simpson Has Fun Running in the Rain

March 26, 2012 06:55:24 GMT

Not even a downpour can dampen 's spirit. The pregnant songstress got caught in a torrential rain when she and her fiance, Eric Johnson (II) left the Boneyard Bistro in Los Angeles after a lunch on Sunday, March 25. Despite the unpleasant weather, she was photographed smiling and laughing as she made a dash to her car.
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'Deathly Hallows II' Claims Top Prize at 2012 Empire Awards

March 26, 2012 06:36:37 GMT

While it failed to score Best Film gong at some awards show, "" successfully scooped the top prize at the 2012 Jameson Empire Awards. The final installment of the boy wizard film franchise also brought its helmer David Yates to win the Best Director award at the prize-giving show.
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Trey Songz's 'Heart Attack' Comes Out in Full

March 26, 2012 06:28:31 GMT

is not only the only artist who releases a new single on early Monday, March 26. has, on the same day, dropped a fresh music called "Heart Attack" as an official first taste from his upcoming studio album "Chapter 5".
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Artist of the Week: One Direction

March 26, 2012 05:59:12 GMT

take the United States by storm. The five good-looking boys, who claimed their fame after participating on "" season 7, become talk of the town after making a notable mark both on Billboard Hot 100 and Hot 200.
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Video: Rob Kardashian Handcuffed for Misunderstood Prank on Photographer

March 26, 2012 05:34:58 GMT

finds himself in trouble because of a prank gone wrong. The season 13 runner-up of "" ended up being handcuffed by the police in Miami after a photographer misunderstood his joke as an aggressive action on early Sunday, March 25 morning, TMZ reported.
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Full Audio Stream: Justin Bieber Raps and Sings in 'Boyfriend'

March 26, 2012 04:35:53 GMT

The wait is over. 's highly-anticipated single "Boyfriend" has come out for his Beliebers' listening pleasure. It opens with him rapping the first verse over some catchy -y melodies with "clubby drum" sound before the pre-hook and the chorus are sung.
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Pregnant Uma Thurman Rocks Tiny Bikini During Family Getaway

March 26, 2012 04:24:27 GMT

is apparently confident in her pregnant body. The Academy Award nominee, who is expecting her third child at the age of 41-year-old, has proudly flaunted her growing baby bump by wearing a tiny two-piece bikini while soaking up the sun with her family in St. Barts, France over the weekend.
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'Celebrity Apprentice' Recap: Clay Aiken Sings, Brings Fans to Launch Party

March 26, 2012 04:02:50 GMT

has stepped up for his team in the latest episode of "". He was chosen as project manager for Unanimous while the women team, Forte, chose to be their project manager.
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New Cast of 'The Celebrity Apprentice' Confirmed

January 04, 2012 16:45:20 GMT

Those competing in the new season of "" have been revealed officially on Wednesday, January 4. These bunch of celebrities' names have actually been leaked in October last year when the filming started in New York
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'Celebrity Apprentice' Begins Filming Season 5, Full Cast Leaked

October 19, 2011 03:27:30 GMT

The cameras have begun rolling for "" season 5. On Tuesday, October 18, the women's team hit New York's West 52nd Street to sell sandwiches during a lunchtime charity challenge.
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Clay Aiken and Victoria Gotti Also Join 'Celebrity Apprentice'

October 13, 2011 04:19:11 GMT

More names are added to the potential cast ensemble of "" season 5. After Cheryl Tiegs and Marco Andretti, runner-up of "" season 2 , and John Gotti's daughter Victoria Gotti are also said to fight for Donald Trump's attention on the NBC show.
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Pete Wentz and Clay Aiken Film UNICEF's Pakistan Appeals

August 30, 2010 09:57:23 GMT

Musicians and have filmed emotional appeals to help boost aid for flood-ravaged Pakistan. The stars, both ambassadors for UNICEF, have added their voices to the campaign to help victims of the disaster as floodwater continue to rise.
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Clay Aiken Splits From Gay Partner Reed Kelly

July 12, 2010 07:19:07 GMT

Singer has reportedly split from Broadway star Reed Kelly. The former "" star revealed he was homosexual in 2008, and was linked to Broadway dancer Kelly shortly afterwards.
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Clay Aiken Not Blaming Label for Axing Him

June 24, 2010 09:54:40 GMT

is adamant he doesn't "blame" the record bosses who axed him from his former label, admitting they had a difficult job marketing him to fans. The singer shot to fame on the second series of "" in 2003, and was quickly snapped up by RCA Records after coming second in the TV talent contest.
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Clay Aiken Hopes to Replace Simon Cowell as 'American Idol' Judge

June 24, 2010 07:42:52 GMT

Former "" star has added his name to the list of possible replacements for departed judge . , and another former Idol, , have emerged as the fan favorites to take over from Cowell, but Aiken thinks he's the man for the job.
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Jack Johnson Debuts Atop Billboard Hot 200

June 10, 2010 06:39:28 GMT

enters Billboard Hot 200 at the first place this week with his new release "" and scores his third No. 1 album. It has sold around 243,000 copies, breaking record of an eight-week long streak of chart toppers selling less than 200,000.
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Clay Aiken to Support Gay Rights Through His Speech

February 25, 2010 09:36:57 GMT

Homosexual singer is lending his support to a gay rights rally in North Carolina by delivering a speech at the event this weekend. The former "" star, who came out as gay in 2008, will join activists at the Human Rights Campaign Carolinas gala in his hometown of Raleigh.
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