Clay Aiken is known for becoming the runner-up of the reality television competition, ‘American Idol’. He has released many albums and has also become an activist. He is also involved in politics and has appeared in television programs. Aiken has won numerous awards and has got many fans. He has also received honours from several organizations. Now let’s have a close look at the net worth of Clay Aiken in 2018.
Early Life & Biography
Born as Clayton Holmes Grissom on November 1978, he is the son of Faye Parker and Vernon Grissom. He was born in Raleigh and used to sing in choirs when he was young. When he was 19 years old, he legally changed his surname to his mother’s maiden name Aiken.
As a student, Clay has participated in church choirs, school choirs and also appeared in local theatre productions. He has also performed in Johnston Community College as an MC. He went to Leesville Road High School. Later, he went to the University of North Carolina. He has also taken courses in Campbell University.
Clay Aiken is still not married. But he has got a son named Parker Foster Aiken with his partner Jaymes Foster. Later that year, he declared himself as a gay. From 2008 to 2010, he was in a relationship with dancer Reed Kelly. He also dated Devin Finn in 2010. After their break up, he was in a relationship with Jeff Walters. However, the couple called it off a year later. He is a Baptist and has worked for various causes. He has served as the National Ambassador of U.S. Fund for UNICEF. In 2014, he was the Democratic candidate for the 2nd Congressional District of North Carolina.
Career, Award & Nominations
In 2002, Clay Aiken auditioned for the second season of American Idol. He reached till the final and was declared as the runner-up. In 2003, he released his debut album, ‘Measure of a Man’. It was a successful album and made him win the American Music Award. The following year, the singer came up with ‘Merry Christmas with Love’. This made him win three Billboard Awards and the 2005 American Christian Music Awards. He then came up with ‘A Thousand Different Ways’.
His other albums are ‘On My Way Here’, ‘Tried and True’, and ‘Steadfast’. He has also released two compilation albums and an EP called ‘All Is Well’. In 2005, Aiken bestowed with the Robert M. Barg Memorial Award. He has also received the Family Circle Award in 2009. Some of his popular singles are “This Is the Night”, “The Way”, “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, “Solitaire”, “The First Noel”, and “On My Way Here”.
He has also released many commercially successful CDs as well as DVDs. In addition to this, Aiken has also made numerous television appearances. He was the executive producer of the television special ‘A Clay Aiken Christmas’ in 2004. He has also appeared in ‘Saturday Night Live’, ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’, ‘The Morning Show’ and ‘America’s Next Top Model’.
Net Worth & Earnings
Have you imagined about the net worth of a singer who has released many commercially successful albums in his career? He has done many endeavours and has also appeared in television and theatre pays. With this, his net worth has been estimated at $8.5 million. In 2008, he was seen in the Broadway, ‘Monty Python’s Spamalot’. He has also appeared in the musical of ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ and ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’.
Clay Aiken is indeed a very influential person. The award-winning singer has got many fans around the world. Although he has unsuccessfully contested elections, there are still many chances for him to come. He is still young and could have a wonderful career both in entertainment and politics.