Clay Aiken – Honest and Truthful Reporting

Lynda Loveland is a good friend of Clay Aiken. As a news journalist in Raleigh, North Carolina, she has followed Clay’s entertainment career from the first notes on American Idol.

Because of her honest, truthful reporting, Clay trusts her to report the true story about what he is doing. For that reason, Lynda gets invited to interview Clay and get some scoops.

On February 27th, 2008,  Linda ran a feature on WRAL about Clay Aiken and his new CD.  Lynda had the opportunity to visit Clay in New York and join him in the recording studio.  She watched him work on two songs.  He started with On MY Way Here, a song that eventually ended up the first single of the CD.  Clay also spent some time working on Ashes.  Clay told Linda:

“Someone told me what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger.  Ashes 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.”

While talking to Lynda, Clay revealed the producer of the album.  Known as Kipper, he is from the United Kingdom and is best known for producing a Grammy award-winning album by Sting.

Clay told Lynda that picking the songs for the album was a long process. He said:

“The songs have to meet two qualifications; they have to be something I’ll enjoy and that I can do well. And at the same time, they have to kind of fit into this common theme of On My Way Here.”

The following is a video of the interview.  Every time I watch this, I feel so sad that more people didn’t have the opportunity to hear this wonderful album.


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12 thoughts on “Clay Aiken – Honest and Truthful Reporting

  1. I agree-very sad that so many are still not even aware that that wonderful album exists. I think it is the best one he has done to date and it's definitely my favorite album.
    I remember those Lynda Loveland interviews so well. I had downloaded them and played them over and over–it was such an exciting time.
    But, the good news is that the excitement is back–soon we will be hearing from our Clay again.

    I cannot wait! Clay Aiken is just the best.

    • Thank you for reminding me that I had spelled Lynda's name incorrectly. When I wrote this last night, I was using a couple of sources and they had her name spelled with an (i). I thought it was wrong, but ……….well, next time I go with what I think is correct!!

  2. Always fun reliving these moments! I'm glad Clay has at least 1 reporter he can trust to be honest in her reporting. It saddens me, too, that more people didn't get to hear and experience this wonderful cd!!

  3. Great Interview….It was nice to watch again.

    I hope Linda is at the HRC Gala tonight. She has always been a great supporter of Clay's, and obviously he trusts her.

    On My Way Here is a great album, and it should have been heard and promoted…Unfortunately, RCA dropped the ball on that one…Such a shame.. Hopefully when "Tried and True" is released, and people enjoy it…they will pick up "OMWH" as well. I don't care if it is RCA, the point is that it's Clay's CD…and it is fantastic.. Should be heard….


  4. It saddens me also the OMWH that Clay Aiken recorded wasn't promoted at all by RCA. I'm sure they knew he was leaving their stable at that time.

  5. So many songs from On My Way Here are my favorites. A shame they were never heard or played on radio. Hopefully, Decca will treat Clay differently and actually "promote" him and "Tried & True.

  6. I have played so many of the songs from OMWH on repeat, Ashes, Falling, Sacrificial Love, Grace. It was a shame that none were heard on radio.

  7. OMWH is one of my fav Clay CDs. The other 2 are his Christmas CDs and ATDW! I hope TNT receives the promotion it deserves. Clay Aiken is a rare breed of true artists. It still is my wish to see him perform live. In closing, if promotion goes very well for TNT, Clay Aiken will be back on top where he should have been in the first place!

  8. I love all Clay's albums, but "On My Way Here" is my favorite album too. I always enjoy when Lynda Loveland interviews Clay or is at the Gala's. You can feel the caring and mutual respect between them. I can't wait till "Tried and True" is released. Hopefully Lynda will do an interview around that time.

  9. Remember folks when Clay was with RCA he was fairly new in the business, in the mean time he and his team have lerned who not to trust and that's why he left RCA and searched for better representation. by all what we have seen and heard about Clay he is a smart man ,he also has leared how to PROMOTE him self ,Masch 12th is a good example and I'm sure DECA will not let him down, after all there got also a lot to lose if there dont PROMOTE him aggressively and I'm sure there will
    Rita / JAXV. FL.

  10. I agree that it's a shame OMWH wasn't heard by a lot more people. Hopefully Decca will do it's job with the promotion and while people are picking up the new CD perhaps they'll discover OMWH and purchase that one as well.

  11. I love all of Clay's albums…but, OMWH is my favorite. There are so many songs that would have been hits on the radio..such as: Ashes, Everything I Don't Need, another favorite..Falling..and another fav…Something About Us. Yes, I can tell that Lynda and Clay have a connection. I hope she can interview him again for "Tried and True." We will soon see him up on the stage again on March 12. Very exciting!

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