Clay Aiken – A Gift From The Heart


O beautiful star of Bethlehem
Shine upon us until the glory dawns
Give us a lamp to light the way
Unto the land of perfect day
O beautiful star of Bethlehem
Shine on

Tuesday was a day off for the Ruben & Clay’s Christmas Show.  I hope that the entire cast and crew was able to relax and get ready for another busy week!


Don’t forget that Clay and Ruben will be on the Wendy Williams Show today – Wednesday!  I hope you can tune in to see Clay and Ruben chat about the Christmas Show!

I grew up in a musical family. I majored in music during college and played professionally for many years. But, I was a classical musician and my knowledge of country, rock and roll and pop music was very limited.

In 2005, Clay Aiken introduced me to another style of music. In a special Christmas gift to his Grandfather, Clay performed “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem,” a bluegrass song. It was a poignant moment and I loved the entire performance. However, I wanted to know…….what, exactly, is bluegrass music.

Bluegrass music is a part of country music and is pure American music. Bluegrass was inspired by the music of immigrants from Ireland and the United Kingdom. It also has some African-American inspiration with a touch of jazz and blues.

Bluegrass relies mostly on acoustic stringed instruments. The fiddle, five string banjo, acoustic guitar, mandolin and the upright bass are traditional instruments in bluegrass music. Sometimes, the resonator guitar is added.

Traditional elements are important. The musicians play folk songs with simple traditional chord progressions. A distinguishing characteristic of bluegrass is vocal harmony featuring two, three, or four parts.

Bluegrass, as a style, developed during the mid-1940s some time after World War II. It wasn’t called bluegrass back then. It was just called old time mountain hillbilly music. One of the most popular hillbilly musicians was Bill Monroe and since he was from Kentucky, the bluegrass state, the music was named bluegrass.

I doubt if there was a dry eye in the concert hall when Clay sang for his grandfather. This one-time performance was a gift from the heart to Clay’s Papa.

We are lucky that there is Clack from this concert.  This beautiful song is not only a tribute to Bluegrass music, but a special performance filled with love.

I hope you enjoy this YouTube by Hosaa.

Do you remember this special moment?

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5 thoughts on “Clay Aiken – A Gift From The Heart

  1. A very beautiful and emotional moment between Clay and his Grandfather! I just got teary-eyed
    Well-deserved day off for our two guys and looking forward to Wendy Williams!

  2. Every time I watch this performance, tears fill my eyes. The strong bond and love between Clay and his grandparents is so moving. And it is wonderful to hear Clay sing that style of music. He does it perfectly. You know he listened often to those songs with his Grandpa when he was very young.

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