Making a Difference - From the Heart

"It doesn't really matter to me how I make a difference,
I just want to make sure that I do"
"I think celebrities have an obligation to the public
to not just sing or act."

~ Clay Aiken ~

National Inclusion Project

Click here to nominate National Inclusion Project, it's listed in the drop-down box.

Christie Cookie Charity Giveaway Contest

After a longer break than usual from blogging it's fun to be back with favourite montages from fun TV and concert clips to the serious plight of children in need around the world, new Clay puzzles, and Clay's Biography.


Watching videos on YouTube is fun to do.
Recently I found this totally fun Clay Aiken montage of clips from TV and Concerts--by SueReu

Everything I Needed to Know I Learned from Clay Aiken


The other day a friend I don't see often came over, and while we were catching up, she asked me about Clay with the usual "what's he up to these days?" My friend spends very little time on the computer, it's not her thing, she doesn't even like using e-mail--but she does enjoy Clay's singing and I always make sure she gets his CD's and a concert DVD or two.

After she left I got to thinking about all the things Clay has accomplished since 2003, it's been a lot! My computer files and cupboard full of CD's and DVD's are proof of that! Can you list his ventures? Being rather lazy and a Google addict, I searched for Clay's Biography and came up with a long list. I chose one, enjoyed reading it, and will share the first part of it here. The link to the full bio is at the end of this portion.

Enjoy the memories until the new ones arrive!

Clay Aiken is an American pop singer who began his rise to fame on the second season of the television program American Idol in 2003. RCA Records offered him a recording contract, and his multi-platinum debut album Measure of a Man was released in October 2003. He released four more albums on the RCA label: Merry Christmas with Love, A Thousand Different Ways, and the Christmas EP, All is Well. His fourth studio album On My Way Here was released on May 6, 2008.

In the years following his American Idol appearance, Aiken has launched eight tours, authored a New York Times best-selling book Learning to Sing: Hearing the Music in Your Life with Allison Glock, and was the executive producer for a 2004 televised Christmas special, A Clay Aiken Christmas. He has been a frequent talk show guest, particularly on The Tonight Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live. He appeared as a guest star on Scrubs and participated in comedy skits on Kimmel, Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock.

Aiken created the National Inclusion Project (formerly the Bubel/Aiken Foundation) in 2003, accepted a UNICEF ambassadorship in 2004, and in 2006 was appointed for a two-year term to the Presidential Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities.

Aiken made his Broadway debut playing the role of Sir Robin in Monty Python's Spamalot in January 2008. His run ended in May but he rejoined the cast as Sir Robin in September and remained through January 4, 2009.

Read the rest of Clay's impressive biography here:

Clay Aiken's Biography

The Best Is Yet To Come!!



new puzzles by Bsrefong
Many thanks to Sally

(answer to rebus at end of blog)


As Long As We're Here - Clay Aiken

Beautiful montage by Gerwhisp

"Clay Aiken singing As Long As We're Here from the CD On My Way Here. Music video with animation and UNICEF clips.
Song written by Jan Buckingham and Rebecca Lynn-Howard."


for more Clay news and fun visit

Carolina On My Mind
Clay Aiken News Network

More links at the bottom of the page!


Anonymous said...

Hi Ashes,

I read this awesome blog, but still have to watch the videos and do Sally's puzzles (they are copied and ready to go!!!)

I'm glad the voting poll is over and I think we Fans did a Awesome job voting and keep up....Yeah Clay Fans!!!

When I think of Clay's accomplished since 2003 it does amaze me, I don't know how he did it.....he is "Our World Idol" always.

Have a great day.


SueReu said...

:) hey Ashes - now that the poll is over I'M BACK!!!! :D did ya miss me???

GREAT blog!!! (and thanks for using my video) - love the blends and the bio and the As Long As We're Here montage.

Clay Aiken has accomplished an amazing amount since 2003 - busy, busy man.


musicfan said...

I love how you give us information, but also give us a lot of fun. I always enjoy visiting here.

I am glad the poll is over, but so proud of all the fans that spent so much time to support Clay.

Thank you for sharing your love of Clay with us.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the Clay Aiken blog. It's a lot of fun!

Anonymous said...

Nice job..enjoyed your blog.We can sure come together as a group and support ClAY!... YEAH!!!!...
Clay Rocks!!:) Thanks for the cool job you do. A Clay music fan,Donna in Wi.

Carolina Clay said...


Wonderful blog celebrating Clay Aiken and all he's accomplished! I love the opening graphic.

Many thnx for your kind words about the current Carolina blog and for creating Kai's cute birthday graphic. I sent it to him a couple of days ago. *g*

Have a great weekend!


fgs said...

As always beautiful graphics I have to right click and save. Yes, Clay has so many accomplishments. I would have a difficult time listing every thing he has done, so I never tried! Instead I'll enjoy reading your blog and other nice Clay blogs.

dee said...

I know why I'm here in this fandom but it is lovely to be reminded of all the reasons .

Wonderful blog . Glad you're back .

T said...

It's a treat always to visit your great blog and seeing all your beautiful graphics and watching the very nice montages.

I've enjoyed reading about your friend and how you've shared your Clay moments with her. That's so wonderful!

Once again, thanks so much for sharing your creative talent and it's always a joy seeing them.

Cheers Ashes!

Anonymous said...

Great blog, Ashes! I enjoyed everything in it. It's so much fun being here.
Thank you so much!

Anonymous said...

I always get surprised at how big and beautiful everything is here. You put so many different items into your blog, sounds like a lot of work to me.

I thought maybe the blue picture I used was new only because I can't believe I haven't used it before. I love it. Lois


Hi!!! ... You know when I enjoy your blog. And Thanks for the picture of Clay Jnat ... you also know that are my favorites.



Anonymous said...

Kudos to you for all the hard work put in. I enjoyed reading his biography over and over again. LOL!The videos and blends are excellent.

Love u lots,

bonniecarmen said...

glad you are back at it!!! Awesome as usual. luv B

Sandy said...

The list of Clay's accomplishments is absolutely amazing. Not only vocally but humanitarian as well. Other fans could only wish for such a wonderful "idol" such as ours. I see his smiling face and he still makes me melt. Four weeks tonight and that face will be smiling at me in person! The time is swiftly passing by. That night can't come soon enough.

Have a wonderful weekend Joan!



LovesClaysVoice said...

Great blog Ashes! I always enjoy all the great things you have here! Thanks for adding my National Inclusion Project video! Let's hope it helps Clay win this contest! I am so proud of all his accomplishments!

Carolina Clay said...


Love the new background! A little birdie told me I should take another look. *g*

Enjoyed strolling through the awesome art again! Many thnx to Sally for her wonderful puzzles.

Take care, and have a great rest of the week!


SueReu said...

Hey Ashes!!! Just wanted to stop by and say "thanks" for your comment on the new video I uploaded celebrating our "break" from AI/RCA/EIEIO

It's always nice to get some feedback!!

(plus the fact I love coming here and looking at everything - it's just a feast for the eyes!!)

katy said...

Great blog, Ashes. Hope everyone remembers to nominate Clay Aiken's charity, the National Inclusion Project on the Christie Cookies site.

PaulaBear said...

Beautiful montage and beautiful blog with lots of fun Clay Aiken things thrown in!! Thank you!

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