Clay Aiken Trivia

  • Clay Aiken
    • 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"
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  • 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.