Clay Aiken – A Big Christmas Party

 

Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts.

~J.L.W. Brooks

On December 8, 2004, NBC aired a Christmas special featuring Clay Aiken. The holiday show was an hour long and was filled with intimate performances set in a beautiful Christmas set that was put together as a beautiful family home, decorated with traditional holiday ornaments.

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Clay was joined on the stage by musical superstar, Barry Manilow, Gospel singer, Yolanda Adams and actress and singer, Megan Mullally.  Clay’s good friend and back-up singer, Quiana Parler was also a featured performer.

There was an interesting twist in the flow of the show.  Instead of just showing the final taping, the producers showed some of the backstage workings of putting a show together.  The clips showed the cast and crew as they buzzed about between the different parts of the program.

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Among the beautiful Christmas decoration, friends and family were seated on the stage to add to the family feel.

Highlights of the program included “Christmas Waltz, “Merry Christmas With Love,” and Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.  Another favorite part of the show was when the performers talked about some of their unusual gifts.

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In the finale, Clay was joined by Barry Manilow and Yolanda Adam as they sang a stirring rendition of “Because It’s Christmas.”

This Christmas special was unique in that it focused on the music and had no skits or jokes.  And the idea of having some of the audience members on the stage gave the impression of a big Christmas Party.

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Clay was credited as an Executive Producer of the show.  A DVD of the program was available and was certified Gold by the RIAA in December, 2005.

Did you purchase the DVD of this program?

 

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Comments

  1. This was such a great Christmas Program and I do have the DVD – one of my many Clay Treasures. Those early years were so full of them! I do miss not having a Clay Christmas Tour or a TV Special to look forward to!

  2. I remember and missed the days when TV had the Christmas family specials with Bing Crosby and Andy Williams, Then in 2004, OMC televised a wonderful Christmas special filled with a family atmosphere and traditional Christmas songs. I have that DVD, plus his Christmas CDs to put me in the spirit of the holiday season!

  3. I to have the DVD and Clay's Christmas CD. I really miss his Christmas concerts and any other concert he would do. He has such a fantastic voice I really miss him

  4. thank you for asking me if I did get the dvd yes I have the dvd of this great Christmas program suere also miss clay singing in concerts especily any one of them

  5. I watched it live, taped it and bought the DVD. All bases covered. I wonder why Megan Mullally wasn't on the DVD after being on the live show? Maybe her contract didn't cover that.

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