Clay Aiken – A Part of the Disney Family

Proud of Your Boy was an important song to the staff of the movie musical, Aladdin. It was written by Howard Ashman and Alan Menkin, the composing duo who also wrote the music for The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast. The song focused on Aladdin’s relationship with his mother and Ashman said that it was his favorite song in the film.

In the middle of Aladdin’s production, Howard Ashman died of AIDS. It was a difficult time for all involved in Aladdin. It must have been even tougher for Alan when the decision was made to take the mother out of the story. The cut meant taking Proud of Your Boy out of the film which now Alan had become very attached to since the death of his friend.

Clay Aiken became a part of the Disney family by singing Proud of Your Boy for the new DVD.  Alan Menkin said that Clay fit the part perfectly and was very pleased that Clay was involved with the DVD.  After the recording, Buena Vista Home Entertainment became the title sponsor of Clay’s first tour.

On September 30th, 2004,  Clay Aiken attended the release party for the Aladdin (Disney Special Platinum Edition) DVD.  Clay was accompanied by his friend, Amber Nix.  He walked down the “Blue” carpet and chatted with the press.  Inside the theater, Clay performed the song Proud of Your Boy.

I have added 2 videos to this blog.  They are wonderful behind the scenes stories about the song and why they chose Clay to sing. And…they include Clay, singing the beautiful song.

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4 thoughts on “Clay Aiken – A Part of the Disney Family

  1. Thank you for these 2 videos – I have the DVD Special Edition but haven't played it in a while. Clay sings the song so beautifully. I know his Mom must be very proud of her boy!
    Glad Alan Menkin finally got to hear the song done by someone who gave it life and he was happy with Clay!

  2. Howard Ashman (RIP) had to be happy to know that his song was resurfaced for people to enjoy!

    Alan Menkin was right in choosing Clay to perform this song! Beautiful tribute! Thank you, CANN!

  3. Thank you for the pictures and the 2 videos. Clay's voice is beautiful for the song. Disney pick the right person to sing the song. Thank you again.

  4. We are all proud of our boy, Clay. He has gone on to do so much good since AI 2. Charities, politics, discussions, concerts and raising a son of his own.

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