Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Clay Aiken Fans Mark Holiday Album's 6th Anniversary

MERRY CHRISTMAS WITH LOVE: Graphic by Fountaindawg marks sixth anniversary of Clay Aiken's multi-platinum holiday album.

Record Debut for Holiday CD

Fans Celebrate Aiken's MCWL

Clay Aiken fans are today celebrating the sixth anniversary of the singer's holiday album, Merry Christmas With Love, by sharing favorite performance videos of songs on the CD.

For weeks, Cyberspace fans have been tracking radio spins for Clay's Christmas songs, staples on holiday charts every season.

Released on Nov. 16, 2004, MCWL debuted at #1 on Billboard's Top Holiday Albums chart with first week sales at 270,000 units, the largest for a Christmas CD since the Soundscan era began in 1991.

Ironically, Susan Boyle's new holiday release, The Gift, which sold 321,506 units, broke the MCWL record on its 2010 anniversary.

Merry Christmas With Love

In addition, MCWL opened at #4 on the US Billboard 200 chart, the highest debut for a holiday album since Celine Dion's CD six years earlier.

Merry Christmas With Love, which reached platinum in only six weeks, has sold over 2 million units worldwide.

Winner of Billboard's Best Selling Christmas Album award in 2004 and 2005, MCWL was also named the Outstanding Yule CD in 2005 by the American Christian Music Awards.

Clickable of opening graphic

Merry Christmas with Love, which is available at Amazon and other vendors, includes some of the most beloved songs of the Christmas season.
O Holy Night
Winter Wonderland
Silent Night
Hark The Herald Angels Sing/Co Come All Ye Faithful
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Mary, Did You Know
Joy to the World
The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
Don't Save It All for Christmas Day
Merry Christmas With Love
Sleigh Ride
What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?

Clay has performed songs from the album during the Joyful Noise holiday tours and on countless television appearances.

Below are montages by Claysidney and SueReu of songs from the album: "O Holy Night" and "My Grown-Up Christmas List."

O Holy Night and More - Performed by Clay Aiken
Montage by ClaySidney be viewed full screen on YouTube.

Clay sings 'Don't Save It All for Christmas Day'
View montage by SueReu full screen at YouTube.

NIP Supporters Set $50k Goal

The National Inclusion Project is competing in the $50,000 category of November's Pepsi Refresh Challenge and needs the creativity of its supporters to recruit more daily voters. Currently #15, the foundation needs to move into to top 10 to win the grant.
While coming home from camp, my son asked if I knew that everyone's brain was different. He explained that some kids at camp are different from other kids because they have certain disabilities.

When asked what he thought about that, he replied, "It's all good, Mom. We're all special and unique in our own way." - Profound statement from a 7-year-old participant in a Let's ALL Play Camp.

Help spread the word so the Inclusion Project can bring Let's ALL Play training to more programs across the nation and open doors for ALL children to participate in all that life has to offer!

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Pepsi Voting Easy as 1, 2, 3

1. Go to the National Inclusion Project page on the Pepsi site.
2. Click the "Vote for This Idea" tab.
3. You will be prompted to sign-in. Log-in with your email address. (If you haven't already, you can register very easily.)
4. Click "Vote for This Idea" again. (This is very important!)
5. You will know you have voted when you see the "Votes Left Today" change from 10 to 9.
6. If you are a member of Facebook, log out and back in. Select the Facebook option in the pop-up window, and vote for the NIP again.
7. You can also text the numbers 102308 to Pepsi (73774).
8. Share your vote on Facebook, Twitter, blogs, message boards. Ask others to do the same.

Partners Support Each Other

Inclusion Project enthusiasts are not only voting for the NIP but also alliances and partners formed with other charities in the Pepsi Refresh Challenge. Below are a couple of comments from reciprocating causes:

Thanks so much for your support. Three more Cliks4Kidz votes. We donate laptops for hospitalized children undergoing cancer treatments. Please continue to support us. Thanks! - John G

Excited to report that I recruited another voter on my Shenanarts team of voters. I am now delivering ~10~ votes daily!!! I'm working on more. Thanks for your support. - Morgan M

Pandora's Project just voting for you! We're going to be doing a big push for votes and including you in our widget. Thank you for your continued support. - Jessica B

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Be sure to leave a comment on each organization's page that the NIP has voted for their charity. Here is an example:
The National Inclusion Project just voted for you. Thank you for your reciprocal support. Please leave a comment, as we re-evaluate daily. http://www.refresheverything.com/nationalinclusionproject ...Text 102308.

The foundation's current alliances and partners are listed on the NIP Voting Widget that Scarlett created and updates according to nightly reports.

To put these charities into your circle of support, locate their link and/or text number on the widget in the Carolina blog's sidebar or link to the handy tool's home page with the screen cap below.

Click to link to NIP Widget
Vote and add to websites.

Below are the Top 21 charities posting daily reciprocal votes for the National Inclusion Project. The groups refer to their placement on the NIP Voting Widget. This is where I'm using my extra votes -- three for the NIP and 27 for other charities. Hopefully, you and all eligible accounts in your household are doing the same!
Top 21 NIP Supporters

RETT Syndrome Clinic - Group A
Hawthorne Elementary School - Group A
She Shall Go Free - Group A
Weaver Bored of Education - Group A
Karo Grillo - Group A
INRS - Group A
Spoede - Alliance
Cure AHC - Alliance
Pandora's Project - Group A
HVCPA Opportunity - Group B
RATCO - Group A
Libby Tennis - Group B
Blue Shadows - Group B
Cedar Park HS Band - Group B
Granara-Skerry - Group B
Girl Scouts Eastern SC - Group B
Crown Pointe Academy - Group B
Cystic Fibrosis - Group B
Orpheum Restore - Group B
Hope Heals - Group B
HUGS Adirondack - Group C

Happy Birthday, Merry Christmas With Love! Have an awesome week, Clay Nation!



Anonymous said...

Hi Caro. Thanks for a great blog. I really love Clays MCWL album. I play it all year round. :)

Suerue's montages are beautiful so too. She does such a wonderful job and I really enjoy her work.

Love you bunches.
((HUGS)) Kathy/Aspiegirl

kta said...

I love MCWL. It is such a great cd and gets me in the Christmas spirit. I heard Clay on the radio today and it just made me smile :)

SueReu said...

:) morning!!!

MCWL is my absolute favorite Christmas CD and one of only two that I own by a single artist (the rest are compilations, which never get played)

Thanks for using my video of Don't Save it all for Christmas Day - that was a fun one, going back four years.

Voting every day!!

Thanks Caro!

reneti said...

Hi Caro, I thoroughly enjoyed this blog. Suerue's Montages are goreous and wonderful and any other adjetive I can think of to describe how much I enjoyed them.
I tryed the link to the pepsi Challenge. It went to the website, but when I tried to vote I kept getting connection problems. Ill try again later on.
Have a great day!

LovesClaysVoice said...

I love love love MCWL! Best Christmas CD EVER! I really enjoyed watching Sue's montages again!

Anonymous said...

After listening to "Oh Holy Night" I guess I'd better get my Christmas Album out. I haven't had a chance to do that yet. I haven't played it since last year, so it's going to seem all new again. Lois

Anonymous said...

Always a joy to see what U are gonna report to Us ...good job, enjoyed it all! D.in WI.

ImGranny said...

Another great blog! I loved the montages. MCWL is the only Christmas album I ever listen to and I never get tired of it, especially OHN.

Anonymous said...

Hi Caro.
I always enjoyed your blog. Great blog!
The OHN montage is my montage but thanks for the article of Clay's wonderful Christmas CD.


Carolina Clay said...


It looks as if everyone is ready to start Christmas now. Special thanks to Claysidney and SueReu for their beautiful montages of two MCWL favorites.

I have already apologized to Claysidney for messing up the credits. I was determined to upload the blog before Monday's music lessons (in another city), and haste definitely overtook accuracy.

Have a wonderful week, all. Keep voting. The NIP has tonight climbed to #14!


katy said...

MCWL by Clay Aiken is a must have in everyone's Christmas collection.

kallie said...

Clay Aiken never over sings these holiday songs and that's one of the reasons MCWL is my favorite holiday album.

sbleu said...

I've started playing both MCWL and the All Is Well by Clay Aiken. Stunning!

jbc4clay said...

Clay and Christmas songs go hand and hand. MCWL is just the best! Thank you so much for the videos!

lulu said...

I have Merry Christmas With Love in my car and home. So when I need a little Clay Aiken Christmas, I just hit play.

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love Clay Aiken's Christmas CD. Merry Christmas With Love is fantastic. Thanks for the memories!!

anaturegirl said...

When I think of Christmas I think of Clay Aiken. He is definitely the best sound of Christmas.

Musicfan123 said...

Happy Anniversary to MCWL

Thanks for putting so much information in this blog.

It is so much fun to be a Clay Aiken fan!!

ImGranny said...

I had to come back to the blog again today to watch the vidoes, especially O Holy Night! Love, love, love to hear Clay sing that song!