Clay Aiken – “It’s Awe-inspiring!”


It is always fun to read great reviews about Clay Aiken and his music.  Sometimes the articles are on big, nationally known sites, but sometimes you find a Gem on a small blog.  I found this one a few years ago and I still like it!!

David Armstrong is the writer of the following blog.  He describes himself as ” Occasional writer, part-time actor, weekend improviser, former dancer, former singer.”

A few years ago, David wrote a blog titled The Only 7 Christmas Songs I Can Stand Anymore.  The following is what he had to say about Clay:

4.) Don’t Save It All For Christmas Day – Clay Aiken

The schlockiest holiday song I have on my list is this cover of Celine Dion’s Christmas song by American Idol season 2 runner-up Clay Aiken.
Like any Christmas song, the message is incredibly simple, and it’s not overdone here. Sung live, Aiken really powers out the key change note and it’s awe-inspiring. On the recording, it’s a little more subdued, but by no means less impressive.
The thing that separates Aiken from Celine for me too is that I believe Aiken when he sings it. I believe him when he sings anything. There’s an inherent sincerity to his voice that Celine, for all her power and bravado, often misses for me.
I can forgive the corny lyrics and sappy, saccharine ideology if only because Clay’s voice carries absolute conviction that almost makes me say, “Oh, of course, why didn’t I think of doing this sooner!?”

Now…that’s a fun review!

Joyful Noise Tour – 2004 Singing Don’t Save It All

Joyful Noise Tour 2005 – Singing Don’t Save It All

I hope you enjoy this great video!!

Happy Christmas Eve!!!


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  1. What a great Blog by David Armstrong! He got everything right about Clay. That is exactly why we are all here for Clay! That is why he touches our very soul. Sincerity is hard to come by these days.

    Wishing you all a very blessed and "Merry Christmas"! <3

  2. Merry Christmas to you and your family! Always love Clay singing this song, and all songs for that matter!

  3. An inspiring song that only Clay can bring about with his beautiful lyrics and power note near the end! Brings audiences to their feet with a standing ovation! Thank you, CANN!

  4. Checking in at CANN while waiting for my family to arrive. Clay is the shining star on top of the tree.

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