Spiky-haired boy next door Clay Aiken proved he has what it takes to win the hearts of millions of Americans when the then-24-year-old Raleigh, North Carolina, native also won himself a recording contract on RCA Records through Simon Fuller's 19 Recordings.
As the runner up of a FOX television's American Idol finale, Clay Aiken became a singing sensation taken under the wing of music industry legend Clive Davis.
The 19 Group of Companies was founded by Simon Fuller in 1985 and since then has achieved over 35 No. 1 singles and 13 No. 1 albums. Fuller also has an impressive tally of over 60 Top 40 albums and 170 Top 40 singles in the UK alone. Fuller created and managed the Spice Girls, who became a global phenomenon under his guidance, selling more than 38 million albums. In 1998, Fuller's 19 launched S Club 7, which has sold 10 million CDs worldwide, while its three television series to date have consistently topped children's viewing figures, reaching 104 countries. In 2001, Simon Fuller's 19TV created and produced the television phenomenons Pop Idol and American Idol. "Pop Idol" launched the singing careers of
Will Young and Gareth Gates, both of whom are managed by Fuller and signed to his 19 Recordings record label, while American Idol did the same for Kelly Clarkson, Justin Guarini, Tamyra Gray and Christina Christian, all of whom are managed by 19 Management.
BMG is the global music division of Bertelsmann AG, one of the world's leading media companies. BMG owns more than 200
record labels in 42 countries including Ariola, Arista Records, J Records, Jive Records, RCA Records and RCA Label Group - Nashville. In
addition, BMG's music publishing operations are the third largest in the world.
Now a bona fide celebrity, owing to both his American Idol participation and his own singing abilities, Clay Aiken is enjoying his time in the spotlight.
Hit songs include --
- This Is The Night
- The Way
- The First Noel
- Winter Wonderland
- Silver Bells
- I Will Carry You
- Hark The Hearld Angels Sing
- On My Way Here
- Without You
- A Thousand Days
- Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
- Mary, Did You Know
- O Holy Night
Clay Aiken may be available for your next special event!
Genre: Rock 1
.Adult Contemporary. / AdultContemporary
.Pop Idol. / PopIdol
.Pop. / xPop
.Dance-Pop. / DancePop
.Orchestra charts available. / OrchestraCharts
Born: ..in North Carolina / born nNorthCarolina
..in Raleigh / born RaleighNC
Nov 30, 1978
Raised: ..in North Carolina
Based: ..in North Carolina / based nNorthCarolina