About The Artist
The Set List
The Wal-Mart Soundcheck crew made their way back to one of its favorite locations, Conway Studios in Los Angeles, to meet up with one of America's top young singers - the charismatic Clay Aiken.
New Look, New Songs
We met up with Clay backstage in the green room and discovered a whole new look for the former Idol star. Besides the dramatic new appearance, we were briefed on and listened to pieces of the new record. It was a humbling experience to get to hear songs that the legend Clive Davis helped pick out personally for Clay.
Electric / Acoustic Combo
The setup for the performance featured the best of both worlds: a touch of acoustic and electric instrumentation, and our star, Mr. Aiken, fronting the band on lead vocals.
All the songs in this performance come from Clay's new love songs record, A Thousand Different Ways. The set list, in order, featured "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word," Bryan Adams' "Everything I Do (I Do It for You)," "A Thousand Days" and the Dolly Parton hit, "Here You Come Again" - a good mix of original cuts and classic covers fans are sure to love.
The Love of Music
Clay's one of the most laid back, gracious guests we've ever had at Soundcheck and his passion for music is clearly evident. "I like being able to say I do what I love, and not many people can say they love what they do for a living these days," he said. "Everything that's happened to me is because I've been open to opportunities as they presented themselves. So I don't really think about where I'll be in five years, I think more in terms of being happy and letting happiness lead my path."
The Love for His Fans
There's a reason this man has so many 'Claymates.' "It's really all about the fans," Aiken says. "I say thank you a lot, and it's really not a big enough word; so let me say it again how much I appreciate their support for allowing me to do what I love to do."
A Royal Treat
We weren't sure what to expect in our first session with Clay. We had heard that he was a nice guy, but one never knows with fame and success. But we're pleased to say that the Clay Aiken everyone came to love is still the same Clay Aiken of today. He is without a doubt one of the nicest artists we've had the pleasure to work with on the show, and can clearly see why his fans are so loyal.
Enjoy the show, Claymates!
-The Crew at Wal-Mart Soundcheck