Clay Aiken Trivia
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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
- Spouse : -
- Claim to Fame : First runner-up of the 2nd season of "American Idol"
- Involved in an airplane spat on July 7, 2007 on a Continental Airlines flight when he was traveling to Tulsa International Airport.
- Was appointed as an Ambassador of Education for All Children by UNICEF, under which he participated in doing charity for tsunami victims through his song "Give a Little Bit."
- Becomes the ambassador of Ronald McDonald House Charities.
- Was born with a collapsed lung.
- Shared a house in L.A with former American Idol contestant Kimberley Locke.
- Established the Bubel/Aiken Foundation aimed to include children with disabilities in activities with typical children. Named the foundation for Diane Bubel, the mother of a child with autism he worked with, who persuaded him to audition for American Ido
- Prior to American Idol fest, he had recorded two CDs entitled "Redefined" and "Look What Love Has Done" which are no longer available.
- Ranked #18 in TV Guide's list of "TV's 25 Greatest Teen Idols" (January 23, 2005 issue).
- Had three major tours in 2004, namely The Independent Tour in Spring, the Clay Aiken Solo Tour 2004 in Summer, and the Joyful Noise Tour in Winter.
- Has sold more albums and had more #1s than any other American Idol contestants to date.
- His first album "Measure of a Man" (2003) secured triple Platinum.
- His song titled "The Way" was co-written by Enrique Iglesias.
- His debut single "Bridge Over Troubled Water"/"This Is the Night" (June 2003) went Platinum in US and 6 times Platinum in Canada.
- His album "Merry Christmas With Love" (2004) was certified Platinum.
- His book "Learning to Sing: Hearing the Music in Your Life" was included in New York Times Nonfiction Best Seller list for several weeks.
- Published a memoir entitled "Learning to Sing: Hearing the Music in Your Life," and a Christmas album "Merry Christmas With Love" at the same exact date, November 16, 2004.
- Was the one and only American Idol 2nd season contestant who was never voted in the bottom two or three.
- Shortened Clayton to Clay for the producers of "American Idol" suggested him so.
- Got his first name "Clayton" from his grandmother's maiden name.
- Spent his summertime working at YMCA in Raleigh, North Carolina and volunteering to help children with disabilities.
- Officially changed his last name, Grissom, to his mother's maiden name, Aiken in the late 90s.
- Became the head of the University of North Carolina's Council of Exceptional Children.
- Ever since he considered his step father Ray Parker (died July 4, 2002) as his real father.
- Has been nicknamed Gonzo.