Clay Aiken – Welcome To The World!


Ben Cohn


Sean McDaniel

on the birth of their baby boy,

Allister Jean

He was born on July 29th and weighed 6 pounds, 15 oz.

A big thank you to Ben and Sean for sharing their happiness with all of us through Facebook.  We are all so excited for you.  I am sure you will be fabulous parents to your precious son.  Do you have Clay’s phone number on speed-dial?  He might be able to help!

Ben Cohn is Clay’s musical director.  He has toured with Clay the last few years and always accompanies Clay when he makes special appearances.  I will always remember his amazing arrangement of Unchained Melody that he wrote for  Clay.

Ben is currently the assistant conductor and pianist for Wicked on Broadway.  He has played an active role in many Broadway plays.  This talented man is in high demand as an arranger, conductor and composer.  Ben has always helped out Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights Aids and has arranged many productions for them.

Ben received a  Bachelor of Music from Ithaca College where he studied piano and voice and was heavily involved in the theatre program. From there, he went to NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing where he got a Masters in Musical Theatre Writing.

Sean McDaniel is currently the drummer for The Book of Mormon on Broadway.   He has performed and recorded with many top entertainers, including Audra McDonald, Kristin Chenoweth, Jennifer Hudson, and Dolly Parton…and, of course, Clay Aiken.  Sean has toured with Clay many times.

Sean was the drummer for Spamalot while Clay was in the cast.  He also played for 9 to 5, La Cage Aux Folles, and many others.

Sean received his BM from The University of North Texas and a MFA in Musical Theatre Composition from NYU.

Ben and Sean posted the following picture today!  What a beautiful family!

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9 thoughts on “Clay Aiken – Welcome To The World!

  1. Awww, what a gorgeous picture! I know they must be sooo happy! He is so dang cute and I LOVE the name Allister!

    On another note, hey musicfan, did we not get a blog for yesterday?

  2. Congratulations to Ben and Sean. I could not be happier for both of them. Allister is so cute, and is so blessed to have these two wonderful young men as his parents. Lots of love will certainly be shared. Just look at that picture. You can see the love in that family.

  3. What a beautiful family! You can just see the love!

    Hmmm…I wonder if they will be getting much sleep!!

    I love Ben and Sean and I am so happy for them!

  4. Aw! Allister is a very lucky little boy to have such loving parents as Sean and Ben. I wish them all the best.

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