The Fantastic Clay Aiken

Today is September 9, 2018

At sunset, we will say:

Shanah tovah um’tukah

“May you have a good and sweet new year.”

Rosh Hashanah is the celebration of the Jewish New Year and one of the most important religious holidays in Judaism.

It is observed for two days. This year’s holiday begins at sunset on September 9th and ends the evening of September 11th.


“Please Welcome The Fantastic Clay Aiken”

The River Rock Show Theatre at the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond, BC was the setting of a two-day event that featured Clay Aiken.

On September 9th, 2006,   David Foster sponsored the Star Search Finals. Clay was a judge at this event. Although he did not sing, Clay was very involved in his job as a judge. Besides providing critiques of each performance, Clay also gave each contestant advice on what they could do to improve. He attended the rehearsal in the afternoon and worked with the contestants, giving them advice on everything from their songs to their vocal performance to their stage presence.

The fans that were in attendance commented that the judges seemed to have a wonderful time together. They were pleased to see that Clay and David seemed to be such good friends.

The next night, there was a special fund raising Gala Event in support of the David Foster Foundation, a unique charity assisting families with children requiring life saving organ transplants. The exclusive, private function was limited to a 1000 benefactors, with all the proceeds going directly to the Foundation.

The evening started with a Pre Show Cocktail Party and was followed by a Live Auction and then a star-studded concert by David Foster and his friends. Michael Buble was the headliner. Other performers included “Babyface”, Olivia Newton John, George Lopez and, of course, Clay Aiken.

Part of the auction was a piano that David had used in many performances. There were two bidders who were interested in the piano.. When the bidding stalled at $280,000,  David came out to sign the piano and say that he would give a private concert to the winning bid. The bidding stalled again at $310,000, and Clay came to say he would sing. David says, “What a bargain, this guy gets $250,000 per show”. The bidding went right to $500,000.

David Foster was very complimentary when he introduced Clay in the concert. He reminded the audience that Clay had sold over 600,000 copies of his first CD in the first week of sales. He said:

What an amazing singer. What an amazing story. He’ll tell you some of it; he used to be a school teacher, this kid. Please welcome the FANTASTIC… CLAY… AIKEN!

Clay performed three songs that evening; Right Here Waiting For You, Unchained Melody and Without You. He was accompanied by David Foster on the piano and a small back-up band. Clay enjoyed a standing ovation after each song.

The two events were fun-filled and wonderful for Clay Aiken fans.

There are four videos posted with this article. They are wonderful.

#4 should be the first one

Fun, wasn’t it?


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  1. Oh!!! Those early years were magical – have watched these videos so many times and never tire of them, but that's an old story when talking about Clay. So wish he would tour again or do some new music – even Christmas – that's an old story, too!

    I did have a lot of fun – thank you so much!

  2. Love them all, CANN! Thank you so much! My Sunday morning has started off with wonderous glory notes from our fantastic Clay!

  3. thanks very much cann my sunday eveing has started off with amazing notes from our fantastic clay

  4. Oh, those were the days!!! How much joy he brought to us!!! Sure miss him!! Love all your efforts in keeping these memories alive!

  5. Thank you for the pictures and video. WOW. beautiful. I never get tried of watching this. It made my Sunday.

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