Clay AikenClayton Grissom Aiken
(born November 30
) is an American pop music
singer who rose to fame on the American Idol
television program. He came in second (after Ruben Studdard
), but has largely eclipsed the official contest winner in both popularity and record sales.
His debut album, Measure of a Man was released October 14, 2003.
Aiken hails from Raleigh, North Carolina and attended Raleigh's Leesville Road High School before enrolling at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Although his American Idol activities temporarily delayed his academic pursuits, Aiken graduated with a bachelor's degree in special eduation in December of 2003.
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