Friday, December 10, 2010

Montages Rewind Clay Aiken Events of 2010

BECAUSE WE KNEW YOU - Clay Aiken's 2010 Decca release, Tried & True, was promoted in Popeater with these Diana Levine photos. Click to enlarge graphic by AmazingCA to wallpaper size.

Performer, Advocate, Humanitarian

Montages Celebrate Year of Aiken

A year-in-review blog usually charts in late December, but the brand new four-part Clay Aiken Memories of 2010 montage series by LovesClaysVoice tossed the normalcy aside.

With the altered timetable, the singer's fans are celebrating an overview that incorporates the new Tried & True album with Decca Records, promo appearances, the PBS Special, a signature "Unchained Melody," the summer's Timeless Tour, and, always, the endeavors to make a difference.

I've heard it said that people come into our lives for a reason
Bringing something we must learn
And we are led to those who help us most to grow;
If we let them - and we help them in return.
Well, I don't know if I believe that's true,
But I know I'm who I am today because I knew you ...

The first montage incorporates the new Decca release, the accompanying promo appearances, the taping of the PBS special and the Bringing Broadway Home benefit performance in Clay's hometown of Raleigh.

Lea Salonga and Jennifer Paz provide the background music for this video with the song "For Good" from Wicked.

Clay Aiken - Memories of 2010, Part 1
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The second montage highlights the harmonies, chemistry, and laughs from the July-August Timeless Tour with good friend American Idol 2 Ruben Studdard. "The Time of My Life," was a fitting ending and description of this tour's performances.

The Timeless Duo - Memories of 2010, Part 2
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The third video spotlights vocal numbers "Mack the Knife," "Who's Sorry Now," "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do," the "Crying" duet with Casey Thompson, and "Unchained Melody" along with classic Clay Aiken banter from October's Park West Benefit Concert in Chicago.

Park West Concert - Memories of 2010, Part 3
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Featuring the dedication to humanitarian work that has always defined the entertainer, the final video rewinds the National Inclusion Project's 2010 Champions of Change Gala with portions Clay's speech, live and Dutch auctions, and the treasured finale, "Both Sides Now," performed as a duet with Debra Leisey signing the lyrics.

Making a Difference - Memories of 2010, Part 4
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The collection of montages include videos by the following CA fans: Babbyd, Scarlett, gerwhisp, gdg, HippoGA, toni7babe, Claylove, LauraQ, MBlovesClay, dlh7777, and robyn42.

Here's to many more memorable performances, the delightful impromptu comedic timing, and the huge heart of Clay Aiken!

If you need information about the Pepsi Refresh Campaign (updated widgets, printable fliers, etc.) and other December fundraisers for the Inclusion Project, scroll to the previous entry: Clay Aiken Fans Vote, Wrap for Inclusion.

Have a wonderful weekend, Clay Nation!

Holiday signature by Linda

In past years, I have written about the birthday our family celebrates on Dec. 11. Happy Birthday to a very special daughter!
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12/11/07: The Year Christmas Came Early


T said...

Thanks so much Caro for your very inspiring blogs. The videos you posted are awesome! I really appreciate your blogs and the Clay updates that you bring. The busy schedule has kept me away but I'm still a fan.

That graphic has inspired me so much and one of my fav. Many thanks for including it in your blog.

Have a wonderful weekend.


Ginger Scarlett said...

What a nice way to remember 2010 -- it just zoomed by so quickly. The song on the beginning montage was just lovely! I also loved the way LCV put the AI homecoming clip at the beginning of Montage4 - it was good to look back and see how far the TBAF/NIP has gone through the years. My one suggestion would be to add more footage for Montage 2, in order to balance the time perspective. Both 3 and 4 were over a 3-day period while 2 spanned 3 weeks and 1 spanned months. Oh, wait, maybe it would help to post more clips from then? LOL! And did I forget to mention the expressive pictures on ACA's beautiful graphic?!! Can never decide which of ACA's works to keep on my screen. Thanks, Caro, LCV and ACA! Well done!

Have a fun Saturday & Sunday...

LovesClaysVoice said...

Thanks Caro for featuring my montages! I had fun making them! Many thanks go to all the Clack Gatherers! If it weren't for them we would not have all these memories to watch again and again! 2010 was a fun year to be a Clay fan and I can't wait to see what 2011 brings!!

Great graphic by ACA too! ;)

kta said...

What a great year 2010 has been for Clay. I can't wait for next year starting with the concert in March. :)

Andrea said...

I want to thank you for showing a wonderful moment in my life. I am the woman Clay hugged at the beginning of Part 1. I'll never forget it.

Merry Christmas with Love

MissSally said...

ACA's graphic was a beautiful opening to this very special blog.

All of MS Caro's blogs are first-rate, but this one is exceptionally awesome!

Belated Happy Birthday to mom of Kai and Lia.

Anonymous said...

Hi Caro,

Awwwwwww, thanks for the memories, had tp split the links over two days, but I'm sure I will be back later to look again and again.

ACA's graphic is WONDERFUL!!!

I just never know how you do it, over and over again.......GREAT BLOGS!!!!


Anonymous said...

Hi Caro. Just spent the evening watching LovesClaysVoice's beautiful montages. I really enjoyed them all. I love the video with Reuben and Clay where Clay "looses" his microphone. heee.

Thanks for sharing LovesClaysVoice's and ACA's work with all of us.

I love you bunches.



Anonymous said...

All I can say is WOW! I was completely enthralled with watching all those 2010 memories. That Clay guy is something else. So glad you included them in your blog. sometimes I forget to watch Clay in action. I just have to do it more often. He's the greatest. So are your blogs. Lois

Carolina Clay said...


Thank you for your kind comments here and at the OFC blog site. Much appreciation to LovesClaysVoice for assembling the 2010 highlights in these four enjoyable montages.

Keep voting for the National Inclusion Project, the alliances, and partners in December's Pepsi Refresh Challenge. Scroll to the 12/6 entry for a voting widget and information on several current NIP fundraisers.

Have a wonderful holiday season, all!