Clay Aiken – “It’s A Whirlwind Dream”

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.

“It’s like a whirlwind dream,” Clay told Rene.  “It’s fun, you know.  Every day’s different.  Every day’s new and I’m excited all the time.”

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!!

For more information on Clay Aiken’s Whirlwind Career visit

The LIfe and Times of A Clay Aiken Fan

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26 thoughts on “Clay Aiken – “It’s A Whirlwind Dream”

  1. I so remember this appearance. I have this taped and I used to watch it continuously. He was so darn cute and sexy. In fact, I need to go watch it again. I noticed all the girls screaming in one small part of I Will Carry You. Also, The Way is still one of my favorite songs of his. Here’s to seeing more of this in the future.

  2. I enjoyed watching the videos all over again….Gosh..he looked so young there. While things are quiet right now, watching videos is a great pass time. I’d rather watch older videos of Clay, then anything…no one interests me at all, other than Clay…..

    Thanks Musicfan


  3. I loved it when Clay took the microphone away from Rene, he’s too funny!!!!

    Thanks for the videos and the article!!

  4. Thanks for all the great videos. They bring back lots of good memories. I have never followed an artist until Clay Aiken came along. He grabbed my heart from the very beginning. He still has it – and he always will!

  5. Oh yes! Another wonderful and memorable appearance on my TV from Clay Aiken :)It’s saved both on tape and DVD.
    It’s great to see them again, thanks.

  6. I love watching those! I wish he’d sing some of the older songs in concert on a tour so I can hear them live!

  7. Thanks for the blog. I love new Clay Aiken information….even though it is “old” info, it is new………LOL Love Clay Aiken and I miss him.

  8. It’s hard to believe that five years have gone by since that appearance. I always loved his interactions with Rene. His singing was perfect that day–I recorded it and watched it many times.

    I was especially excited then because I knew I would be seeing Clay Aiken live for the first time in just three more weeks!!

  9. Such a memorable appearance by Clay Aiken. I remember watching it later at home and feeling the same excitement that the audience felt. Wish I could have been there too!

  10. Musicfan,

    Thank you for providing the rewind of this memorable appearance by Clay Aiken. Even watching at home on TV, you could feel the excitement of the many fans present.

    Have a wonderful week!


  11. Wow……..Clay was really busy. It seems he visited so many different shows. I hope that he has a chance to do that again!!

  12. It’s fun to visit again and see all the great info on here. There is always something new.

    Please!!! We need Clay!!

  13. Gosh I miss Clay so much! I hope he’s having some great downtime with his son Parker, on the other hand, I hope he’s going to have some great news for us “soon”! What will he do next?

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