Clay Aiken – A Television Tradition

In the United States, Independence Day is celebrated on July 4th.

On that day in 1776, the Continental Congress
adopted the Declaration of Independence.

As we all take time to celebrate the anniversary of the beginning of our nation, CANN hopes that you enjoy some time with family and friends while remembering what a privilege it is to be an American.

Happy 4th of July and thanks for all your support.

Best Wishes to Clay Aiken!

Whatever you are doing, may your day be filled with joy, love and lots of fun!

I will always remember watching Clay singing on July 4, 2004 in front of a live audience of over a half a million people as well as millions watching on TV.

The PBS concert was called A Capitol Fourth and was held on the west lawn of the Capitol.

Heard live in stereo over National Public Radio, A Capitol Fourth is broadcast to U.S. military personnel in more than 135 countries by the American Forces Radio and Television Network.

 In 2004, A Capitol Fourth was like a birthday party to our nation and a July 4th tradition much like hot dogs, watermelon and fireworks. It was a wonderful evening of musical entertainment that was topped off by an exciting display of fireworks over the Washington Monument.

On Friday, July 3, 2015, Ethan Alter, a writer at Yahoo! TV, posted an article about A Capitol Fourth.

Ethan made a video mix-tape of eight great performances from this traditional event.

Ethan mentioned performances by Johnny Cash, Aretha Franklin and John Williams for the mix-tape…

He also put Clay Aiken on the list in the 3rd position!  Ethan said the following about Clay:

A year after losing the American Idol crown to Ruben Studdard, future Congressional candidate Clay Aiken scored an Independence Day victory with a rousing three-song set that kicked off with “The Star Spangled Banner,” continued with “God Bless the U.S.A.” and ended with “Measure of a Man.” We bet that his one-time Congressional rival, Renee Ellmers, couldn’t hit those notes.

You can visit the entire list with videos at YAHOOLIST

The following video was used as part of the article.

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5 thoughts on “Clay Aiken – A Television Tradition

  1. What a rousing event with OMC performing with the two patriotic songs and his own "Measure of a Man"! His Star Spangle Banner was the best I had ever heard; that is a hard song to sing, but Clay has no problem hitting those high notes!

  2. HAPPY JULY 4th !!!!!!!! Hope you all have a wonderful day to celebrate.
    Love to see Clay's video, and the pictures. Thanks Musicfan

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