Clay Aiken

Clay Aiken - Updated Jan 2023

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Updated On December 18, 2022

By profession, Clay Aiken is a talented singer. Clay Aiken could be able to gain fame after participating in the second season of the reality show, American Idol.  Also, he is prominently known for his amazing projects such as  Merry Christmas with Love, A Thousand Different Ways, All is Well, and On My Way Here. 

Early life

The birthname of Clay Aiken is Clayton Holmes Grisson. He was born on November 30, 1978. His birthplace is in Raleigh, North Carolina. Presently, he is 42 years old. He has a birth sign as Sagittarius. Similarly, he belongs to American nationality. But, his ethnicity is not known.

Brett Aiken Child

Caption: Clay Aiken’s brother during his childhood (Instagram)

Likewise, he was born to Vernon Grissom and Faye Parker. In total, he has two sisters and two brothers as siblings. They are Amy Sawyer, Deborah Grisson, Brett Parker, and Jeff Parker respectively. Unfortunately, his parents separated when he was just an infant. Consequently, he took his mother’s maiden name, Aiken as his last name.

Catherine Clayton Aiken

Caption: Clay Aiken’s grandmother (Instagram)


Initially, he has attended Raleigh’s Leesville Road High School as well as Campell University for his high school studies. During his school days, he was a member of a number of church choirs, and school choirs. He was also with the local school band, Just By Chance. His first performance was with the song, Islands in the Stream. When he was only five, he performed it in his high school dance in 1983. Later on, he studied ‘Special Education’ at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Though he attended William & Mary College, he left when he participated in American Idol.

Career and Professional life

A career as a singer

Into the bargain, he has extended his career as a singer, actor, politician, and also activist. As a singer, his debut album was Measure of a Man. In 2003 he then appeared in the Christmas Day Parade. Also, he produced a TV special, A Clay Aiken Christmas the next year. He then released a holiday album, Merry Christmas With Love.

Moreover, his albums are A Thousand Different Ways (2006), All Is Well (2006), On My Way Here (2008), The Very Best of Clay Aiken (2008), Tried and True (2009). In a similar manner, his new single in 2011 is Bring Back My Love. The singer released his new single, Steadfast in 2012.

Clay Aiken and Ruben

Caption: Clay Aiken and Ruben ready for the show, ‘Today Show’ (Instagram)

Extra Career

As an author, he published a book named, Learning to Sing: Hearing the Music in Your Life in 2004. As an actor, he worked in Ed, where he portrayed himself. He then appeared in Days of our Lives, The Tonight Show, and Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Furthermore, he was also a celebrity contestant in the fifth season of The Celebrity Apprentice. Additionally, he has been able to work in ‘RCA Records’ and ‘Decca Records’. Surprisingly, he was an ambassador of the ‘National Inclusion Project. By the same token, he started involved in Broadway through his Broadway debut with Spamalot. He portrayed the role of Sir Robin in it.

Awards and Nomination

Amazingly, there are so many awards and nominations for Clay Aiken. He was the winner of the American MusicAward for the title of Fan’s Choice in 2003. In the same year, he received the Billboard Award for Best Selling Single of 2003-Bridge Over Troubled Water/ This Is the Night.

Consecutively, he achieved the Billboard Award for Best SElling Christmas/Christian Album- Merry Christmas with Love. Also, he could be able to win the New Music Weekly Award for Top 40 Male Artist of the Year in 2004.

In 2005, he was the winner of the American Christian Music Award for Outstanding Yule CD- Merry Christmas With Love. He then won the Robert M.Barg Memorial Achievement Award as well. Similarly, he secured the award of the National Center for Learning Disabilities Children’s Advocacy Award in 2007. Ultimately, he obtained The Family Circle Award from the Family Equality Council in 2009.


Talking about the nominations, he has been nominated in three award titles. In 2003, he was nominated in American Music Award for Favorite Male Artist Pop/Rock, and Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Male Reality Star (American Idol). In 2004,  he was nominated in Billboard Music Award for Top Selling R&B/ Hip=Hop Single of the Year (The Way/Solitaire).

Net Worth

According to some sources of information, Clay Aiken’s net worth is estimated to be $7 million. He also owns a house in Durham, NC. It is $1,590,000. Talking about his house, it is 9,392 square feet with four bedrooms, four full and three half bathrooms.

Woefully, there are no other details regarding his salary and income.

Personal Life

As for now, Clay Aiken is single. But he has openly stated that he is gay. He claimed it with People Magazine. He confirmed his identity as gay for the first time in 2008.

Previously, he was in a relationship with Jeff Walters from 2010 to 2011. In 2010, he dated Devin Finn. By the same token, he stayed in a relationship with Reed Kelly from 2008 to 2010. Likewise, he was with Jaymes Foster-Levy in 2003.

Into the bargain, he has a kid named, Parker Foster Aiken He shared the child with Jaymes Foster by in-vitro fertilization.

Rumors and Controversy

Moreover, there are no rumors and controversies in regard to him. He seems to have maintained both his professional as well as personal life.

Clay Aiken – Body Measurement

Though there are no facts about Clay’s exact body measurements, dress size, and shoe size, other details are available. He is six feet and one inch tall. His weight is more or less sixty-two kg. Additionally, his hair is light brown colored. He has green-colored eyes.

Clay Aiken – Social Media

He is active in all social media sites. He has over 57k followers on Facebook. He has 152k followers on Instagram. With a total of 245 posts, his Instagram name is @clayaiken. On Twitter, 215 followers follow him. People can find him on Twitter with the name, @clayaiken.