Intimate, Gentle, Sentimental, Passionate, Reserved, Warm, Soft, Innocent, Sophisticated, Amiable/Good-Natured, Refined/Mannered, Sweet, Romantic, Dramatic, Earnest, Theatrical, Bittersweet, Reverent Since coming to national attention on the second season of American Idol in 2003 — where he was the unexpected runner up, only to become the biggest selling male artist the show has ever featured — Clay Aiken has evolved into a versatile and beloved popular entertainer.
With 613,000 copies sold in the first week, it was the highest selling first album for a solo artist in ten years, going double-platinum and netting Aiken an American Music Award.
In addition, he won Billboard`s best-selling single of 2003 for "This Is the Night/Bridge Over Troubled Water." In 2004, Aiken released Merry Christmas with Love (2004), the fastest selling Christmas album in Nielsen Soundscan history.
He followed that success with A Thousand Different Ways (2006), All is Well (2006), and the just released On My Way Here (2008).
In 2005, TV Guide readers voted Aiken "the most-loved reality star of all time." In February 2006, People magazine readers chose Aiken as their favorite American Idol.
While slightly embarrassed by the attention and unbridled devotion of his so-called Claymates, Aiken remains gracious and appreciative of their continued, unwavering support — even the ones who throw their panties onstage. " jokes Aiken.) In just a few short years in the public eye, Aiken has released five well-received albums.
In October 2003, he launched his first solo album Measure of a Man.
The record, which featured the hits "Invisible" and "This is the Night," sold 3 million copies and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.
Aiken`s clear and unshakable value system was formed during his often challenging childhood in Raleigh, North Carolina, where, in church and in his southern home, he learned the importance of hard work, self respect, and good manners.
Early on, he also embraced the merit of a sense of humor, especially about oneself.
Because of this, Aiken remains unfailingly modest and at ease; "You should never take yourself too seriously," he says.
"Believe me, not a day goes by that I don`t laugh at myself." This accessible, genuine personality, along with his powerhouse voice, has given Aiken a legendarily loyal fanbase.