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Clay Aiken

Clayton Holmes Aiken is an American singer, television personality, actor, Democratic political candidate and activist. Aiken finished second place on the second season of American Idol in 2003, and his debut album, Measure of a Man, went multi-platinum. He released four more albums on the RCA label, Merry Christmas with Love (2004), A Thousand Different Ways (2006), the Christmas EP All is Well (2006), and On My Way Here (2008). Since then he has released two more albums, both with Decca Records: Tried and True (2010) and Steadfast (2012). Aiken has also had eleven tours in support of his albums. In all, he has sold over 5 million albums, and is the fourth-highest-selling American Idol alumnus.

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Well, financially it's a little bit better. But it's better than than when I was a teacher. But I kind of - it's allowed me to buy a house. And I've been able to help my mother with some stuff and my brother. So, that's nice.
I'd hate to have a job where I had to be rude to people.
I could have a degree in music and come on the show, and Simon could still say 'You stink'. — © Clay Aiken
I could have a degree in music and come on the show, and Simon could still say 'You stink'.
I had the greatest time on Broadway and made friends I never expected to make!
I had a Spanish teacher in high school. I rarely got in trouble in her room because I felt I was disappointing her if I got a bad grade. That had more power over me than teachers who told me I talked too much. That level of respect I had for her made me not want to fail for her.
I know this is going to sound cheesy and like I'm trying to be Miss America, but the most important responsibility a celebrity has is to set an example and be a role model.
And I think that when I finally decided to let go and let God and allow that to happen, I became a lot more successful than I could have done if I had planned it all myself.
There are stars out there who would die to have this much exposure.
It's a whole team of people working 24 hours around the clock to make me look like this.
The greatest glory never comes from falling, but from rising each time you fall.
If my career detour from special education to singing has done one thing, it has afforded me the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others.
It's not the money. It's not the fame. It's the influence.
You know, I think I'm a stronger person for realizing that you can't make everybody love you. — © Clay Aiken
You know, I think I'm a stronger person for realizing that you can't make everybody love you.
I don't really feel like I have anybody to answer to but myself and God and the people I love.
But I was going to be a teacher my entire life, so I wasn't counting on money to much.
I kind of had my life planned out for me. I'd be married at some point, have, you know, 1.5 children, and be a principal possibly one day. But I think that that was kind of my problem. I allowed myself to plan out my life and didn't let provident direction guide my life.
I'm being trained to shake the bon-bon appropriately.
I was on TV for almost sixteen weeks during American Idol. It's at the point now where it's old.
I mean, that's kind of what this business is about in some ways. You're trying to make everybody like you. But you can't do that. You can't force everybody - anybody to like you if they're just not willing to do it.
I am never going to sound like Johnny Mathis.
I'd never take a job where I had to do something that I didn't want to do.
I think celebrities have an obligation to the public to not just sing or act.
In my ideal world, no child would suffer. Charitable instincts would prevail. There would be global acceptance of all different types of people.
No matter what the situation you're in, if you're raised in a loving environment, that's the most important thing.
I got rid of my glasses and they changed my hair. That's really all they did. They went shopping for me, so the clothes are different too. It wasn't like Extreme Makeover where I got a nose job or anything.
I sometimes think I might be autistic because I like to know - I need to know - my beginnings and my ends. I don't have to be in control of it, but I need to know what's going on.
I know that I've got big ears and a big forehead and that my hair sticks up. But I'm happy with myself. I'm not necessarily trying to win a beauty pageant here.
It doesn't really matter to me how I make a difference, I just wanna make sure that I do.
I want to make sure that no matter how long I go through this, I don't fall into the trap of changing and modifying how I do things that aren't a positive example. I want to remain somebody that the entire family can listen to or watch.
Well, there are certain words and emotions I don't want kids hearing, and I'm not changing because they think it's going to sell better. This is going to sound horrible, but I got 12 million votes doing what I did.
I thought about that the other day after I went to the grocery store and had to sign fifteen autographs before leaving. On one hand, it's just so flattering. On the other hand, sometimes it would be nice to get the bread and leave, you know?
Actually, I don't hate cats, I'm just kind of afraid of them.
I auditioned just for fun.
While everyone I work with may not share my beliefs, I have been surrounded by nothing but support.
My mother taught me that we all have the power to achieve our dreams. What I lacked was the courage.
I did get a degree in special education.
I decided to study special education and fell in love with working with individuals with autism. That's what I planned to do with my life.
I'm really not that special. Really, I'm not. I was on a big TV show, but it was just a TV show. — © Clay Aiken
I'm really not that special. Really, I'm not. I was on a big TV show, but it was just a TV show.
I'm religious. I think this is something God had planned for me.
Well, fortunately we found out that the runner-up our particular year was going to get a record contract also. So it was kind of a - it was bitter sweet but it was an opportunity.
I really love live performing!
I think I probably hoped for it a little bit, but I'm not an optimist. I'm a realist... or maybe even a pessimist.
I cannot raise a child to lie or to hide things. I wasn't raised that way, and I'm not going to raise a child to do that.
And I don't think that success can be measured by how many TV shows you're on.
I went to school for special education. I always assumed when I had the opportunity I would love to try and help kids with disabilities.
It's important that I make a difference in some way. It's not necessarily how I make a difference, but I want to make sure that I do.
I don't think that there's substantiated evidence that shows that voter fraud is such a rampant problem that we have to put in place measures that people have to pass in order to exercise that constitutional free right. Voting should be -- and is required to be -- a right that is unencumbered. That does not have tests that people must pass.... Anything put in place to restrict that right, or to make it more difficult for people to exercise it, should be outlawed, and should not be allowed.
Actually, I dont hate cats, Im just kind of afraid of them. — © Clay Aiken
Actually, I dont hate cats, Im just kind of afraid of them.
A song can be more than words and music ... when sung with soul a song carries you to another world, to a place where no matter how much pain you feel, you are never alone.
If other people choose to believe because I do, great. I want to show people God's love through what I do and who I am. At the same time, I don't feel I need to pass out Bibles at the concert.
Faith is not about a building or a lifestyle. You can minister in many ways besides attending services or being a preacher. And I think that that's what I feel most thankful for--that I have the opportunity to minister now, in my own way.
The message I'll that inclusion is extremely important for kids with and without disabilities.
Perseverance. I got cut twice. I got cut in Charlotte. I didn't have to go to Atlanta to audition. I could have said, "I'm not cut out for this." But I said, "I think I'm better than that, I can go try again." So I went to Atlanta and I made it through. Then I got cut the first time around. I could have told them I didn't want to come back for the Wild Card show but I did and look how far I got.
Pain happens to everyone. To grow up, to fulfill your potential, to develop into what God wants you to be-this process takes support. No one succeeds alone.
I don't understand why people like me! It doesn't make any sense!
UNICEF is working for the survival of children worldwide. What can we do to get more Americans committed to the cause?
I'm not different. I'm not different at all. The wrapping is different but the gift is still the same.
I appreciate the idea of allowing people to have their own private walk with God. To me, God is about love, not condemnation.
I know that I've got big ears and a big forehead and that my hair sticks up, but I'm happy with myself. I'm not necessarily trying to win a beauty pageant here.
Love others and as you do, that love will return to you.
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