Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Clay Aiken Fans Rejoice with Decca

ON HIS WAY HERE -- Clay Aiken and fans celebrate his new Universal/Decca home. Graphic by Fountaindawg.

2010 Music Highly Anticipated

Fans Celebrate New Label, Gala

On my way here
Where I am now
I've learned to fly
I have to want to leave the ground

I've fallen hard
But I've been loved
And in the end it all works out
My faith has conquered fear
On my way here.

The long, winding road to Monday's Clay Aiken-Universal/Decca merger mirrors the lyrics of "On My Way Here," title track of his 2008 album. Two days after the announcement, the journey and new record label are still being celebrated in full mode on the singer's fan boards.

On My Way Here - Montage by Dreamlarge

An instant fan favorite, Dreamlarge's 2008 On My Way Here montage can also be viewed at YouTube.

Current message board festivities also include Wednesday's record-setting, four-minute sell out of tickets for the 2009 Champions Gala Benefit.

Hosted by the National Inclusion Project, formerly The Bubel/Aiken Foundation, the annual gala is set for Oct. 17 at the Raleigh Marriott City Center. Honoring the inclusion of people of all abilities, the gala will feature a special performance by Clay, silent/live auctions, dinner, and special awards.

A new link for supporters to bookmark is the Inclusion Project's online newsletter in pdf format: The Voice.

Fans Explore Decca Trails

Clay Aiken is listed at Wikipedia's Decca site under Pop/Crossover Artists, and the news section of the official Decca website is being watched closely. Familiar screen names are already following Decca Label Group on Twitter.

Paraphrasing propounder, a fan whose post has hopscotched across several message boards because it speaks to the hope of countless fans around the globe:

Universal/Decca landed a very talented entertainer, "a singing sensation with an amazing unique voice, superb work ethics, and a devoted fan base."

His star quality is evident and easily appreciated by those in the biz, a biz hungry for stars who can sell.

I hope this will be a happy and mutually beneficial relationship with Clay being supported to realize his potential and Decca richly rewarded for nurturing a great talent.

PHOTO INTERLUDE: Featured in this clickable interlude are graphics by AmazingCA (1, 5) and Fountaindawg (2, 3, 4), including regular and wide screen versions of the opening design, as well as a collage from the 2008 Gala. Photographers include Tangerine, 1; toni7babe and SmartyPantsSuz, 3; and ClayIzzQT, 5.

Broadway Media Joins Festivities

Clay's signing with Decca Records has been reported by multiple entertainment sites, including media from his theater days, Broadway World and Playbill. The story below is from the latter:
"American Idol" finalist Clay Aiken, who made his Broadway debut in Monty Python's Spamalot, has signed with Universal Music's Decca Records.

According to the singer's official website, he will release a new CD in the first half of 2010. No other details have been announced.

Aiken — who was bested by Ruben Studdard during the second season of "American Idol" — has gone on to sell more than six million albums, co-author a best selling book ("Learning to Sing: Hearing the Music in Your Life") and play six sold-out concert tours. He was a focus of the short-lived Off-Broadway musical Idol: The Musical and has appeared on "Ed," "Saturday Night Live" and "Scrubs."

Aiken released his fourth album, "On My Way Here," last spring.

The Best Is Yet To Come

Prevailing sentiments in Cyberspace are tremendous anticipation for the promise of new Clay Aiken songs by early 2010. When not listening to Singer Man's music, CA fans just might be caught humming "The Best Is Yet To Come" ...

Out of the tree of life, I just picked me a plum
You came along and everything started to hum
Still it's a real good bet, the best is yet to come.

The best is yet to come, and won't that be fine
You think you've seen the sun, but you ain't seen it shine

The best is yet to come, and won't that be fine
The best is yet to come ...

Have an awesome week, Clay Nation!


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SueReu said...

The best IS yet to come!!!

Can't wait to hear more about Clay Aiken and Decca!!

Gorgeous blends and wonderful montage.

Thanks Caro!!!

anaturegirl said...

Yes, all of Clay Aiken fans across all the Clay boards have certainly been celebrating these last 2 days.
I am sure Decca will stand behind Clay 100%. And of course, Clay will continue to give his 100% as he has always done. So looking forward to his new CD.

LovesClaysVoice said...

Fantastic blog as always Caro! The Clay Nation is still on a high over the news of Clay signing with Decca! We get new music from our guy with the glorious voice! I'm sooooooo excited!!!! Thanks for the blog, beautiful blends and montage!!!

PaulaBear said...

So excited about the new Clay Aiken news!!! I think this partnership with DECCA is going to be a winning combination!!! I just can't wait for the new CD!

claysweetea said...

Caro, thanks for such a beautiful blog. That first photo of Clay at mic should be everywhere. Clay is so smart to make this choice.

Ashes said...

When Jaymes Foster said "The best is yet to come", those words have stuck in my head like superglue!

Clay Aiken is the Best, woo-hoo!

Wonderful blog, it's wonderful to have so much for fans to celebrate--and we're just getting started!!

T said...

The celebration continues and your blog certainly brings the best!

Decca knows Clay Aiken's talent and I'm sure that they will be behind him. I'm so excited and will be waiting for 2010 to hear his new music.

Thanks so much for the beautiful graphics and montage. Loved it!

Cheers! :)

Anonymous said...

Can't wait ..Best is yet to come for sure! He is gonna sing!!!!!!!!!! YEAH!!!!!! Enjoy your blogs allot , thanks! Donna in Wi.

fgs said...

Congratulations to Clay Aiken and his new label. Fans can't wait for the new CD in the first half of next year.

CCOL4HIM said...

It is YET! Great blog, and terrific news for a terrific man! Take care + God bless. Love always, Cynthia

Beanblossom said...

Great blog. Fans of Clay Aiken sure have a lot to celebrate. Like Jaymes said, "The best is yet to come."

VoxLvr said...

I really enjoy Clay's voice; his voice is unique -- whether it's a ballad, full blown rawk song or a Christmas carol, sometimes I even play Christmas songs in August. Take today for instance; was in the mood for "Christmas" so I plunked Clay Aiken's "All is Well" into the CD player and had a festive day!!

I highly recommend it for anyone who is having a creepy day so to speak...

IamMesmerized said...

Great blog, Caro. I think we are all going to be on a high for the next many months. This could not have been better news for the fans and more importantly, a better move for our forever idol!

deyabird said...

Whenever I hear about Clay and music, I rejoice. There is just something about him and his voice, I can not get enough. I am really looking forward to hear what Clay brings us with this new record label.

Anonymous said...

Good Morning Caro,

Great Blog, as always......what an exciting time for the ClayNation. 2010 is going to be Awesome!!!!

I love the Montage by Dreamlarge...Great Job!!

Have a great day!


Helen said...

Great blog - I love the photo
interlude!! What a treat to
find that first thing this

I had no idea your blog had
hits from 125 countries in
just TWO YEARS !! Great news.

Tripster said...

Excellent blog, all kinds of information. I'm glad that Playbill had an article about the new label. I saw Clay in Spamalot before it closed. A real talent.

Allegra said...

Best news of the year. I love all the nice press so far. :-)It's been a long time since we celebrated something. I have the feeling there will be a lot of good times--and a lot of good stuff to blog about. :)

Anonymous said...

And yet another wonderful blog, caro! I really love the OMWH montage and I really love Clay Aiken!

PalpatatinClay said...

I love your blog! Especially love On My Way Here by Clay Aiken, thanks for putting the video up;
I can't stop watching it and thinking of all the new music we'll have in 2010...

musicfan said...

Caro.....What a great blog!! I think we are all so excited about Clay and Decca. It is a real step up!!

The new blends are wonderful. Thanks for posting them.

How in the world are we going to have the patience to wait??

Michael's Blog said...

Thank you for all the information you've provided in one blog, it is a lot to consider, very well put together.

Clay Aiken's voice has always been one of the most recognizable voices in the entertainment industry. It's a good transfer from RCA to Decca.

I look forward to hearing his new songs in the next year.

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I don't usually get to leave a message here, but you made it easy, so I can't resist.I feel all the positives vibes coming from your blog on Clay's signing with Decca. This might be what we've been waiting for. Lois

Sydney said...

Yes, the best is yet to come - I completely agree with that! Am waiting anxiously for Clay's new CD in 2010; hopefully he will tour as well.

Congrats Clay !

Chez Clay said...

This is a great blog! Thank you for all the information about Clay; I loved reading about his new label; he is so deserving. I wish him all the best. Congratulations Clay Aiken !!

Sandy said...

This is definitely a time to rejoice with this news. I love the fact that I don't think this a label that is going to force Clay to be someone he doesn't want to be. Maybe now we can hear the voice that we're supposed to hear and songs sung the way they are supposed to be sung. I'm so happy for him.

Glad you enjoyed the pictures of Alyssa. I am looking forward to seeing your new little one as well. Connor turned eight this week so we are having a little family party for him tomorrow.

Have a great weekend!

PalOfClay said...

I also believe the "best is yet to come". Clay has worked with so many talented artists in the future I often wonder what his original proposed CD (which RCA blocked) would offer. I am very pleased for Clay, and for all the Clay fans.

EyeQueue said...

Thanks for all the GREAT info regarding Clay and the inside info re those that have worked with him!
EXCELLENT BLOG - I'll be back!!

barb 55 said...

Caro, thanks for all of the hard work you put into your blogs. You post great links and beautiful graphics and montages by the talented artists here, as well as lots of info. We appreciate you!

Excitement is in the air, and the celebrations continues!

Love and hugs,


Sheila said...

Excellent news re Clay!! I'm so excited to hear about the change in labels. Decca/Universal is huge and Clay is very clever to change from RCA.

I am anxious to hear his new music!

Ashes said...

Just had to come back to read all the wonderful things in this blog, I for one can never get enough of Clay Aiken!

The next thing besides reading about Clay is playing with Clay, LOL.

Thank you for your comment on my new weekend blog!


Clay's Palace said...

This is so exciting, I can hardly contain myself - new music from Clay, new tours, new TV programs, all the things that go into promoting a new CD. I'm so excited and happy for Clay.

claysweetea said...

I am so excited for Clay and his future!

Thanks, caro, for this beautiful blog.

Beam Me Up Clay said...

Clay Aiken has never left us, his fans - he's been chatting all along at his official website; it's always a lot of fun when he's online; the word travels fast and the fans gather just to chat with him. He's a very special, giving person. Thank you for all the research you have done with regard to his new label Decca/Universal, Clay's new music is definitely anticipated by myself along with many of Clay's current and future fans.

Thank you for such an informative blog.

From The Heart ~ Clay Aiken said...

Great information - I'm very pleased that Clay Aiken has changed labels, he will fit very well into the Decca/Universal management/promotional industry.

Clay's voice is very special, it's unique, I've always admired him for his tenacious ability to keep going in the face of adversity.

Clay, I'm happy for you, as well as happy for the fans too.

Anonymous said...

What good news! Clay Aiken's patience has allowed him to go with a global label, Decca/Universal. I wish only the best for this talented performer.

Madam AL said...

I heard about the change in labels for Clay; the Universal Music Group is the largest label in the world with a stable of A-list performers. Couldn't be happier for Clay Aiken.

Anonymous said...

I'm still celebrating today!! I just love Clay Aiken!! This blog is awesome!! I'm so excited about his signing with Decca and new music and I believe an awesome future!!