On July 14, 2004, Clay Aiken was a guest on CBS for their Summer Concert Series which is part of the Early Show. Clay’s performance was originally scheduled for July 7th, but had to be re-scheduled. Clay was doing the rounds of the talk shows in preparation of his “Not-A-Tour” that started in July.
The studio was crowded and there were more fans there than could make it in to see the concert. Hosted by Rene Syler, the interview before the concert was animated and interesting. Much of the conversation was about the impact of Clay’s success on his life.
Rene asked Clay about his biggest fan and he said it was his mother. Clay said of his mother:
“I think she always thought I’d do this, more so than I did. I think she dreamed this for me before I did. She would probably say that she knew this all along. So it’s just, for her, I think it’s just what she always expected. For me, it’s great to have her be able to be a part of it and to make her proud.”
Clay revealed in the interview that he was busy recording a holiday-themed CD that was to be released the following holiday season. He also was also a spokesperson and reader for Stories for Heros, a series of classic children’s stories on CD. A majority of the proceeds from the sale of the audiobook benefited The Bubel/Aiken Foundation.
For the mini-concert, Clay sang “I Will Carry You”, “Invisible” and “The Way.” The audience was excited and supportive and the entire program was a great success.
There are 4 videos below that show most of the concert and interview. I hope that Clay performs on this show again!!
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