Clay Aiken – A Loud and Enthusiastic Response

The Date: October 22, 2003

The Show: Good Morning America

The Reason: A surprise!

Clay Aiken was a guest on Good Morning America on October 22nd, 2003.  It was just a week after his promotional performance on the show for his new CD, Measure of A Man. According to reports, Clay really didn’t know exactly why he was there, but assumed it had to be about his new album.


Introduced by Charlie Gibson, Clay was dressed casually in jeans and a brown shirt. After some casual chatting with Charlie and Diane Sawyer, they introduced a surprise guest. Clive Davis entered the studio and Clay seemed somewhat startled.

Clive was carrying a plaque and announced that Clay had sold 612,859 CDs in the first week of sales. This was the highest number of sales in 10 years. With many words of praise, Clive presented Clay with a commemorative disk which celebrated his certified double platinum CD, Measure of A Man.

Clay’s response was fun to watch. First, there were the looks of embarrassment, his look of thanks to the heavens, a nervous ear scratch and lots of giggles.

Both Diane and Charlie seemed excited and thrilled for Clay and the live audience gave a loud and enthusiastic response to the announcement.

This appearance on Good Morning America was short, but exciting. I would imagine it was a moment that Clay will remember forever.

The video is great. Look for the cute ear scratch!

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11 thoughts on “Clay Aiken – A Loud and Enthusiastic Response

  1. What an exciting day! MOAM truly is an fantastic cd. I wish I had been a fan back then so I could have been in on the excitement. Well, it's better late to the party than never. 🙂 Thank you for posting.

  2. Oh I sure remember that spot on GMA! Played it more than once too!! Thanks for the blast from the past!! xoxoxo

  3. I didn't know Clay then but have watched this video and other spots many times. Thanks Musicfan xox<3

  4. I remember this day so well. I wasn't able to see the show in real time, as I was at work.

    What I do remember is that after the show, Clay went to a P.S. in the Bronx and was reading to the kids. It was one of the things that made my heart swell for him. Instead of going out and celebrating, drinking etc. Clay was reading to kids. I am always so proud of him.

  5. I remember this, too! We were on vacation and I would not leave the motel room to go hiking until I'd seen Clay on GMA!!!

  6. How absolutely precious Clay is and was! Thanks for bringing back that wonderful event, musicfan.

  7. What an achievement! More importantly, his expressions are so fun to watch. Don't know what it is but watching him makes me smile BIG. 😀

  8. I was a fan back then, but I was still working and so I missed many of Clay's appearances on the morning shows. It's nice to be able to watch them on CANN after all these years. Clay was/is so humble and appreciative for his many blessings.

  9. I still remember this show so well! It was so wonderful. It still brings a smile to my face and Clay's music in my heart to think of it. Thanks for posting-I had forgotten the actual date.

  10. Lawd that boy can sing!!! Unchained Melody is definitely one of his best! though it is always hard to pick just one favorite anything of Clays.Love you Clay forever and ever!

  11. AHH! YES, I was a fan back then and love him still – and yes, precious, is such a good description
    of Clay!!!! <3

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