Clay Aiken Spills the Beans About Upcoming Album

Posted February 27, 2008
Updated February 28, 2008

— Raleigh native Clay Aiken is a busy man these days, performing at night on Broadway as Sir Robin in "Monty Python's Spamalot" and working on his upcoming studio album during the day.

It's been five years since Aiken put together an original album, or one that is, he says, at least 95 percent original.

"Some of it is, you know, a kind of half-way version of original," he said. "But it's all stuff that I'd imagine 90 percent of people have not heard."

The songs had to meet two qualifications.

"They have to be something I'll enjoy and that I can do well," Aiken said. "And at the same time, they have to kind of fit into this common theme of 'On my way here.'"

"On My Way Here" is one of the tracks and might end up being the album title.

Aiken was working on that song and another the day he invited WRAL's Lynda Loveland to the recording studio. The second is called "Ashes".

"Someone told me (that) what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger," he said. "(The song) talks about bad things that might happen to you. You know, there's been some stuff that's happened in the last five years that I would rather have not happened, but you learn from things like that."

For the first time, Aiken's album, which he hopes will be released sometime after May, is being produced by one person. He kept that person secret, until now.

Known only as Kipper, he is from the United Kingdom and might be best known for producing a Grammy award-winning album for Sting.

"We wanted to find someone who had a great reputation and had done stuff in the past that was kind of edgy and current," Aiken said.

Kipper is coming up with a new sound for Aiken and even wrote a song for him that's got a bit of an R&B vibe to it.

"We've captured some really great moments," Kipper said. "I'm very optimistic we're going to have a record where people will go, 'Is that Clay? Is that Clay Aiken?"

Aiken also hopes to include a song he's penned with producer David Foster, "Lover All Alone," which was available as an iTunes bonus track on a previous album.

"It was my first attempt at writing anything, and David Foster wrote the melody," Aiken said. "He said, 'Take it home and write some lyrics.'"

It was seven months later, however, when Aiken was inspired.

"And then one day, I was sitting in Los Angeles, and all of a sudden, I had this idea, and I wrote it in, maybe, 15 minutes," he said.


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  • Justin T. Feb 29, 2008

    The last comment about our beloved Clay was approved at 8:26 am on Friday, February 29th.

    Hopefully there wasn't anything negative in that statement since anti-Clay comments are Taboo here.

    Clay is awesome! Not.

  • SEOpro Feb 29, 2008

    Yeah, steinbeck18 - I was also wondering what is "news" about Clay Aiken and why 2 stories are voted "top" stories. I think I'll go scrub my porch with a toothbrush and create some breaking news on my own.......(yawn)....

  • steinbeck18 Feb 28, 2008

    I''m glad a local guy made good and it is neat that he is on Broadway. And I've heard he did nice things for Autistic children--- but can it please stop now! I just don't see how this is always 'news' aren't there other local success stories?

    oh, maybe I'm just too beyetchy!

  • GetaLIFE Feb 28, 2008

    Does anyone know if his hairstyle in the photo might be a result of his part he is playing on Broadway? Would be interesting to find out since these narrow minded people posting on here like to bash him without thinking about that possibility.

  • The Rock Feb 28, 2008

    The Rock can't wait to not pick up this album.

  • hdonthefarm Feb 28, 2008

    Maybe WRAL can get John Edwards' hairstylist to work on Clay Aikens' head. NOW you have breaking news..

  • yacs Feb 28, 2008

    Clay...go away.

  • Sir Freezy McQuackers Feb 28, 2008

    Unlike some of the comments on this article, yesterday I tried to post a comment that was clean, positive, and relevant. Apparently it didn't get through. Who are these moderators?

    Just on the off chance that this gets through, basically what I wanted to say was this: In response to an earlier comment that asked if there were any male Clay fans, well, I am. Clay is a hometown hero with a big heart and a great voice. And I'm really looking forward to the new album. I'm sure it will be a huge success like the others.

  • Chevelle Mackaroy Feb 28, 2008

    I am trying to style my hair like Clays.

  • sunflowerbubbles Feb 28, 2008

    I use to like Clay Aiken, but when he got Conceited, I changed my mind... go back to working for the kids...get a better hair stylist if you must stay in the public eye...but dangit, loose the conceitedness.....he's not all that, anymore...