Last night, on a PBS special Clay Aiken had a music concert special direct from Raleigh, his hometown, called Clay Aiken: Tried and True. Immersed in some sort of controversy from day one ranging from his fervent “Claymate” fans to his closeted homosexuality and eventual coming out, Aiken has endured quite the publicity roller coaster. He has enjoyed hits on the charts early in his career and a successful stint on Broadway.
His personal life has dogged him and to an extent overshadowed his talent. Most of this has been due to a hungry media that seems to enjoy bullying this non traditional music artist.
However, all that aside, this gay father and music artist proved that talent is more powerful than any gossip rag. Performing classic songs from his new album where he shines with his unique and beautiful voice, Aiken delivers star power on stage in Raleigh. He is here to stay.
I truly believe that his career will find a second life with a more mature Aiken. His signature tag line is “Survival” based on sure talent and tenacity.
Sing on, Clay. We need your talent and voice.