Clay Aiken – A Man of Many Talents



Get a cup of coffee and then go watch Clay Aiken on Bold Blend!

Bold Posted the following late Thursday:

What happens when Clay Aiken goes to a Trump rally? 

Can you be gay and an active member of the Mormon church?

What do Trump’s 2005 sexist comments mean for the GOP and women? 

We’ll answer these questions (among others) tomorrow morning on BoldTV.

We air on Facebook Live every Friday at 8:30 a.m. EST. Our hosts, Bold’s founder, Carrie Sheffield, and Democratic activist Clay Aiken discuss current events and political news in a bipartisan way.  




Today is the anniversary of the release of

Measure of A Man…

the first album from Clay Aiken!

Released on October 14, 2003

Debuted at #1 on Billboard 200

 Went  Double Platinum on November 17, 2003


Wait….What happened the night before the CD was released??

It was Monday night, October 13, 2003. It was just like any other Monday night, but, wait…….this was a very different Monday night! Clay Aiken was making his debut on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.


It was the night before Clay’s first CD was released and Clay stopped by the show as part of the promotion for “Measure Of A Man.”

It was obvious that Jay was amazed at the crowd that was there just to see Clay. From the beginning of the show to the very end, Clay’s name was used to get the crowd excited. Jay commented more than once that there were many fans that spent the night outside of the studio so that they would be able to see the taping of the show.


It seemed that many of the fans in the studio and at home, watching on TV,  were anxious for Clay to appear. They sat through an interview with comedian, Wanda Sykes, but began to lose patience when the “bird lady” seemed to take for ever!!

Clay Aiken performed “Invisible” and even added some new dance moves to the performance. Afterwards, he talked with Jay before a screaming crowd. Jay told Clay about the overnight crowd of fans and even got Clay to turn his feet around.


After the taping, Clay went directly to the airport to catch a plane to New York for more promotional appearances. But, Clay did make a short detour to wave at his fans who were attending a release party in the area. He didn’t have time to stop, but the fans saw his wave as he drove by. It certainly made the party guests happy and excited!!


I hope you enjoy the video that shows both Clay’s musical performance and his first Leno interview.

Did you watch the show that night?

I did and remember being very excited to see Clay seemingly so relaxed and professional.


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6 thoughts on “Clay Aiken – A Man of Many Talents

  1. I did watch the Tonight Show that night. So long ago, but I swear it seems like just yesterday. I hung on every little word he said. Love that southern accent. I don’t think fans go totally crazy for their singers today, like the fans of Claynation did. And talk about loyalty – Clay’s fans may be grandparents now – BUT WE ARE STILL FANS! You know what’s next ❤️ Day 1 fan w/unconditional love for you Clay!

  2. I look forward to seeing Clay on Bold Blend, great show! Thanks for posting the video and the info of Clay's anniversary of MOAM!

  3. Oh I sure DID see him on Jay's Tonight Show!!! He was amazing!!! Replayed that video tape over and over and over again!!!!

  4. I didn't know Clay then but I've watched all his appearances and enjoyed them, looking forward to seeing him on The Blend. Thanks Musicfan

  5. Loved that blast from the past. Haven't watched it in quite a while. But, right after it aired, I must have watched it 50 times!!
    13 years have flown by and I wouldn't have missed any of it for the world.
    Here's to many more years with Clay!!

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