Clay Aiken Follow That Dream

Clay Aiken has been following his dream in both his entertainment career and the wonderful foundation he started!

The official press release of the new name has been sent out.

Press Release:
Clay Aiken’s Foundation Becomes The National Inclusion Project

Newswire Today - The National Inclusion Project Press Release

Chapel Hill, NC, United States, 08/20/2009 - Clay Aiken's foundation, which serves to bridge the gap between young people with special needs and the world around them, has announced that it's name has changed to The National Inclusion Project.

The National Inclusion Project, formerly The Bubel/Aiken Foundation, recently launched its new name and website at inclusionproject.org. The National Inclusion Project grew out of the relationship between Clay Aiken and Diane Bubel and Diane’s then 13-year-old son, Mike who had been diagnosed with autism. The bond between them grew strong as they shared a vision of a world where children like Mike could be fully immersed in society. They had both witnessed children with disabilities repeatedly turned away from activities opened to typical children.

“We are excited to launch the National Inclusion Project. From our inception, we have impacted the lives of children and families across the nation. Our new name will better suit our position as a national leader on inclusion as we continue to grow,” said Clay Aiken.

The Project is poised to continue to make an impact with thousands of children nationwide as well as raise the national consciousness about the need for and benefits of inclusion. In six years, the Project has worked with hundreds of programs, trained numerous staff members and leaders, and provided inclusive opportunities for over 20,000 children.

The National Inclusion Project is moving forward hand-in-hand with supporters, families, program providers, and other advocates to see the vision of full inclusion nationwide become a reality. Please join us in our push to make a difference in communities all over the country.

About National Inclusion Project
The National Inclusion Project (inclusionproject.org) serves to bridge the gap that exists between young people with special needs and the world around them. By providing services and financial assistance, the Project supports communities and programs in creating awareness and opportunities for full inclusion where barriers break and doors open. It is their goal to create an environment for children where inclusion is embraced.

Also see: Triangle Business Journal-Clay Aiken’s foundation changes names

While roaming YouTube, I rediscovered a wonderful Clay Aiken montage, a great compilation of video clips of Clay's JBT 1950's Elvis Medley, and oodles of Elvis Presley himself.
My two favourite singers. A great way to spend an evening!

sexy hat

A Favourite Clay Montage

Clay Aiken - Independent - featuring Kyrie
montage by SueReu


Clay Aiken - Elvis Medley - JBT - 2005 - Boston
compilation by Wowzers4Clay

This is the 3nd clip of Clay Aiken performances during his Juke Box Tour (JBT) in Boston, August 28th, 2005.
This is the Elvis Medley.

Elvis with Follow That Dream

The King of Rock'nRoll Elvis Presley
Follow That Dream photo montage

Another Elvis favourite song from the soundtrack of the movie is "Angel".
There are a lot of videos on YouTube of it as well.


They say it takes a minute
to find a special person.
An hour to appreciate them,
a day to love them.
but then an entire lifetime
to forget them.

reaching to me

Did you know?

According to Japanese legend, a sick person will recover if they fold 1,000 of what type of origami?

The answer is the crane. According to a Japanese legend, the crane lives for a thousand years, and a sick person who folds 1,000 origami cranes will become well again.



Anonymous said...

Hi Ashes,

Thanks For The Memories.....Loved the Elvis video, it seems just like yesterday, a sign of my age I guess. lol

Let me shout...I WANT A JUKE BOX TOUR 2!!!!! Oh my I loved that video.....The first one, with the hat, what a cutie!!

Happy to hear you are feeling better.


Carolina Clay said...


Thnx for the Inclusion Project press release and all the Clay Aiken/Elvis memories. More than one visit will be required to enjoy all you have included.

Have an awesome weekend!


Anonymous said...

Love that Elvis! He is so handsome and my sister use to play his music all the time....Enjoyed your blog and love Clay's music . Thanks, A Clay music fan, Donna in Wi.

SueReu said...

Hey Ashes! I wanted to stop by from the lovely West Coast of Oregon and pay a quick visit!!

I'll be back tomorrow to REALLY enjoy the blog and videos, etc.!! (except that Independent one - I think I may have seen that one once or twice *hee hee* - thanks for using it!!)

dee said...

Thanks for a blog jam-packed with goodies . It is good to see more news on the name change for The Project .
It was fun revisiting Elvis and the JBT ( Clay did such a fantastic job ! ) but the highlight for me was the Kyrie montage . That has to be one of my favorite songs sung by Clay . Love that song and that guy !!!!

LovesClaysVoice said...

Great blog Ashes! I loved the JBT! Such fantastic memories! Thanks!

VoxLvr said...

GREAT blog! So many wonderful videos of both Clay and Elvis (both of which I adore). Thanks for all the info and the many memories I have of each of these two incredible performers.

PalpatatinClay said...

Thank you for the many memories invoked on this one blog; the videos are incredible, clear and easily to understand the words (I sometimes find it difficult to understand the words - have no clue why lol).

Thanks again for a GREAT blog; I'd love for Clay Aiken to do a Juke Box 2 tour - I loved the JBT, one of his best.

barb 55 said...

Ashes, the montages are great! What happy memories hearing Clay sing Kyrie, and the JBT was my favorite. It was one of those upbeat, feel good shows. What a fun night!

Love the Elvis montage. He was a great singer, too.

Thanks for sharing!

Love and hugs,


fgs said...

Nice blog, but I'll take Clay singing any day! I never was a big Elvis fan and I don't know why. I enjoyed some of his songs, I just never got excited over him like others. I recognize Elvis as a legend though and there never will be another like him.


Joan, I love your blog. It's so beautiful and full of videos and photos and text so that special. Thanks for all the work you do.


VoxLvr said...

LOVE the videos! Always love this blog, thank you for the hard work and effort you put into it -- it's really a nice thing to visit every day! =)

Eyequeue said...

INCREDIBLE blog!! Thank you so much for the videos. The first one with Clay Aiken is awesome, yo are so talented. I also enjoyed the one with Elvis. Elvis was so casual and relaxed, so many pictures I've never seen before.
Again, many thanks.

Sandy said...

Wow that montage by Suerue was fantastic! There are sure some talented montage makers in this fandom!

It was so nice to see that press release for the National Inclusion Project. Clay has so many reasons to be proud of who he is...this foundation is at the top of the list.

Have a great week Joan,



Goddess Benten said...

Beautiful blog, so colorful. I love the photographs and the videos. Clay Aiken has a special voice, I'm pleased he will be releasing new music soon.

Popcicle Toes said...

Love the videos on your blog (your blog is also very informative).
Thank you for sharing with us; I really like checking in here every day - I don't want to miss anything.

T said...

Great blog with all the beautiful montages plus your awesome graphics. My fav tour was JBT! Your blog brought back so much memories. It was so nice watching the Elvis Medley with Clay. That was so good!

Thanks so much Ashes & cheers!

Anonymous said...

Hi Ashes, Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful talent. A person could get lost in the sea of videos of Clay. Once you start you can't stop. I have always been a big fan of Elvis, but I have to say, there are a couple of Elvis songs that Clay sings that can really make your heart beat fast!!!
Thanks again!

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