Thursday, May 06, 2010

Decca Previews 'Clay Aiken T&T'

Clay Aiken Tried & True: LIVE! Promo

Decca Posts Press Release, Bio

PBS Video Renders Album Peek

Decca Records and International Media released glimpses of CLAY AIKEN - TRIED & TRUE: LIVE! Thursday afternoon, and the Clay Nation has been feasting ever since. Saturday's brand new promo link has been added to this blog.

This is the information on the International Media TV Channel at YouTube:

Tried and True, American Idol Super Star Alumni Clay Aikens first Public Television special, reaches back into the romantic past of the 50s and 60s, featuring many of the most iconic love songs ever written.

Shot at the Memorial Auditorium in Clays home town of Raleigh, North Carolina, Tried and True features a full orchestra and big band.

Clay is joined on stage by special guest and American Idol colleague Ruben Studdard, along with special guest Linda Eder, who is widely recognized as one of the best female vocalists of our time.

This special concert is the world premiere live performance of Clays forthcoming album, Tried and True, being released on Decca this Spring.

The video can be viewed full screen at the International Media YouTube channel, and hits/comments there are important. However, I know readers from some countries are unable to see YT videos. Here are Sendspace downloads for the T&T preview in video and audio formats.

Below are regular and widescreen clickable wallpapers of Clay's Tried & True: Live! preview by Fountaindawg:

Fans Embrace T&T Sneak Peak

So what do fans think of the sneak peak? Here are six, slightly edited comments from the YouTube Channel and this blog:

cindilu2: This needs to be on my TV NOW!!!! What a fantastic concert -- and this teaser is only the tip of the iceberg. Wait until you hear "Unchained Melody,"" Crying" (with the incredible Linda Eder). and all the fun with Ruben. Awesome!

vstreamer: Clay looks and sounds fantastic. He is in his element here; entertaining is in his blood. Oh, and the sound and lighting are also top notch.

GjpgD: I remember during Idol's Top 12 when Clay had to fill out a biographical form on the show's website. When asked his preferred genre of music from any era, he stated, "Big Band." Guess he's finally living his dream, thanks to a supportive label and fiercely loyal, tried & true fans. Rock on, Clay! You're a rock star of the heart and spirit, no matter what you're singing!

claydreamer: jhjujw45 5t rg5 ty 6 5t5 uhrg 5 t= !!!!!!!! That is from my four-year-old granddaughter who couldn't stop dancing as we listened to Clay sing! This is so wonderful. Clay's voice is always the best!

artz11: Yes, this is singing! The band and arrangements even in these small doses sounds incredible. A voice for now and forever!

Truth Rules: Full screen and headphones! I can't stop watching, and I was there! It's great that those who couldn't be in Raleigh that night finally get a taste of what we saw and why this got dubbed the OMG concert.

With special thanks to Bottlecap (1-5) and Cotton (6, 7), below are seven screen caps from "Mack the Knife," "Who's Sorry Now." and "Build Me Up, Buttercup." Click on the caps to enlarge.

Decca Releases T&T Story, Updates Bio

Decca Records has released a media story about the T&T album and updated Clay's bio. Both can be read in their entirety on the singer's site. See the NEWS and BIO headings on Clay's page at Decca:

Clay Aiken Comes Full Circle with Album
of Timeless Classics Tried and True

May 7, 2010 (New York, NY) -- Clay Aiken has never sounded more at home than he does singing the lushly arranged classics on his fifth studio album Tried and True — the international pop phenomenon’s first album for Decca Records.

Showcasing Aiken’s powerful voice and considerable interpretive gifts, the new CD is comprised of songs from the ’50s and ’60s that Aiken grew up listening to as a child. The platinum-selling artist and idol to many has arguably never sounded better. Tried and True will be available everywhere on June 1st.

For Aiken, Tried and True (so named because he feels the songs have stood the test of time) was about getting back to himself after a career performing more pop-oriented material.

"There are a lot of elements to this album that are about me returning to what I’m comfortable with," Aiken says. "To me, older songs are more melodically appealing and beautiful. So doing this album was an opportunity to just be myself."

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Have a wonderful weekend, Clay Nation!



anaturegirl said...

Well, have I not been able to stop watching the YouTube snippet of Clay Aiken's T&T PBS special. Fantastic. That man owns that stage and is loving every minute.

claysweetea said...

This is fantastic to see since I couldnt be there. It is unbelievably good production and spotlighting Clay. Love the camera moves. Clay looks fabulous!


Hello Caro, I am happy to see this video. More than ever I want to see that special quickly.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the sendspace links, Try as I mght, I couldn't grab the youtube today. I've been able to get others.

Martigyrl said...

Thanks Carolyn, for sharing this great sneak peek at the PBS taping. I'm so glad I made it there to Raleigh to see it as it happened.

Anonymous said...

That smile at the end says it all on that promo, he is some guy. The voice , I can not wait til that cd is out! Thanks for the great blog and enjoyed it allot! Donna in Wi.

katy said...

Wow, Clay Aiken is back in town and in a big way. So very talented and ..... handsome!

Truth Rules said...

Full screen and headphones!

I can't stop watching either and I was there. It's great that finally those who couldn't be in Raleigh that night finally get a taste of what we saw and why it got dubbed the OMG concert.

Thanks Caro.

lulu said...

The taping of the PBS concert starring Clay Aiken really was awesome. I can tell just from the clips International Media provided.

musicfan said...

Today is like Christmas and my birthday, all in one. What a wonderful gift we received today. The concert was wonderful and these clips really help to show what it was like.

Thank you for posting the video and all the screencaps!!

Caro.......I leave her with a big smile. Thank You!!

Sylvia said...

Thank you for sharing this with us Caro. I love it. So nice of Intl Media to share this with us. Now even I feel like I was at the taping. Can't wait for the release.

Sylvia Clayfrican

MissSally said...

I love this mature, confident, talented and gorgeous Clay Aiken!
Thanks so much for blogging about this video, Caro. You never let us down.

Anonymous said...

It was as good as I remember.WOW what voice.
Thanks for the send space. Now I can DL it
My hotel is dry,vacations on. Now if I was going to see Clay instead of whoever is at the Opry.
Oh I'm sure I'll have a good time just not an awesome time as when I see our guy.
Thank you for all you do for Clay's fans. The YT kept buffering at other sites but yours played for some reason
Have wonderful w/e.
Hugs Margaret

LovesClaysVoice said...

OMG! WOW! AMAZING! That's about sums it up for me! Clay sounds and looks spectacular!!!!! Ever since I got back from Raleigh the whole night seemed like a dream. But, that video woke me up!!!! I can't wait to see the entire concert on PBS!!!

fgs said...

Love the clips and all the comments. The video highlights Clay's great voice. So happy that everyone can now get a taste of the OMG concert. Can't wait for the PBS special!

chel4clay said...

Wow, Amazing, Awesome, I'm out of adjectives to describe this work of art. OMG I can't stop listening to it. You Rock Clay Aiken. I love, love, love the screen caps. He's just gorgeous.

clayam said...

Clay Aiken....what a voice!
Everything about this DECCA snippet of the PBS Special is fantastic, cannot wait till August to see the whole show.

Anonymous said...

Hi Caro,

Oh My.....I love the YouTube that Decca released of the snippets of the Tried & True PBS Special.....sure wish I had been there, but can't wait for the PBS Special.

A BIG THANK YOU for keeping us all up to date, what would we do without you???? You are THE BEST!!!

Have a great weekend.


tree ~ said...

YOWZA!! I can't stop watching this video. It's like mana from the heavens. It's like an oasis in the middle of the desert. It's like eating forbidden fruit*g*! He looks and sounds amazing and seems so incredibly happy...luminous indeed!

Thanks for the wonderful blog and to all who provided the yummy screencaps! slurp

Cindy said...

How often does the 'reality' of something live up to the memory? In this case it does all that and MORE!

And the cliche is true - you ain't see nothing yet! Clay Aiken is back, baybay.

Anonymous said...

Wow, and wow again. I take back what I said about his short hair......he's looking Gooood. He certainly is putting everything he has into his songs. It's all wonderful. Lois

barb 55 said...

Caro, what an awesome blog with beautiful blends and pics! I enjoyed the fans comments about the teaser of Clay's PBS special.

I've already watched the the video several times. I would have loved to have been at the concert; beautiful set-up and lighting on stage, and Clay looked and sounded great. He was certainly in his element. Thanks for sharing and for all of the info.!

Love and hugs,

Anonymous said...

I too have watched the video over and over and over again. I am looking forward to seeing Clay in person on stage!

I love the blends and all the excitement surrounding this wonderful journey.

Looking forward to more.

Sandy said...

International Media and Decca combined have done more to promote Clay with these few releases than RCA did during the whole time that Clay had a contract with them! Now this is what we are talking about...SUPERSTAR Clay Aiken who deserves nothing but first class promo! I cannot wait to watch this! Clay's voice was superb and he looked like he owned the stage!

Thanks so much Caro for this great blog!

Have a wonderful weekend!


cathie said...

caro, thank you always for your wonderful blog. this proves i wasn't dreaming. man, isn't he just absolutely drop dead gorgeous and his!...he surpasses himself! i saw elvis premiere ~ suspicious minds ~ in las vegas and never in my life would i have imagined that someone could come close to or equal it. when i was sitting in raleigh listening to mr. clay aiken singing this, i thought to myself elvis is definitely smiling in heaven. he did elvis proud!!! omc rocked the house down!!!!

cathie - fb ClayNation group - a.k.a. scootieboots said...

the last post got away from me and posted before i was finished.
just wanted to let you know i look forward to each of your upcoming blogs.

CCOL4HIM said...

Love the video-I could watch it over and over. Great post with some awesome Clay pics!Take care & God bless. Love always, Cynthia