To my happy surprise, Clay's amazing
voice blew away the nasty words that Simon was -I am certain- already
forming in his mind. That is when I became hooked on the talented
and gentlemanly Clay Aiken - the kid with the [then] elfin face,
dramatic expressions and glorious voice!
I have never been one to be "starstruck".
I have never been any more than a casual fan of any celebrity in
my entire life. Clay Aiken struck a chord within me that has been
playing continuously since, and his performance of 'Solitaire'set
that chord to perpetual replay! I was captivated as never before
by his angelic yet michevious face, his incredible voice, and his passionate
As I learned more about the kind of person
that Clay Aiken is, my fascination with this enigmatic young man continued
to grow, and the idea for this website was born.
The age span of those whose hearts Clay
Aiken touches is unlimited! Since I first published this website four years
ago, I have heard from girls as young as 14 and people (men as well as
women) as old as 85 who all say that he brings happiness into their lives
of a kind that they have never experienced before. Some people say he has
inspired them to attend church again (or at least to explore their religion)
after many years. Many people say that he inspires them to "become
a better person". Most agree that his "shining spirit" helps
them feel more loving and to behave more kindly toward others.
This is the phenomenon of Clay Aiken that I attempt to capture on this
site. My hope is that it is not just a "fan site" but a true
tribute to Clay Aiken... not just to his celebrity and his "geek
hipster/ angelic/ michevious" appeal, but I really hope to somehow
bring attention to his indefinable charisma and caring that inspires many
to "change for the better", and to the incredible influence he has on the
lives of so many people.
I will never be a "crazy fan". I will
not wait for him to arrive at a scheduled appearance and run to catch up
with his entourage. I will not scream while he sings, but I
to him sing and feel the joy he brings. I probably
will not swoon.
What I will do is pray that Clay
is finding happiness in his personal life and relationships to equal the
happiness that he brings to others, and I will support the causes
that are dear to his heart.
I will continue to build on this tribute
to him as long as there is public information about his endeavors, and
I will be happy to have him as a part of my life in this small way.
I know you don't
understand what your appeal to so many is, and on how many different levels
you touch people, but that is okay. You don't need to understand
it. All you need to do is to keep on being the same person you have
always been, doing the things you do so well, caring for people the way
you care... and please keep on singing for us and keep on making
us laugh! Your joy in performing and teasing is contagious! You bring
so much happiness into our lives just by being who you are and and doing
what you do. This tribute is a labor of love, for you and for those who
feel as I do.
My wish is for my visitors to enjoy this tribute to Clay Aiken as much
as I enjoy providing it!