Just in time for Christmas, Clay Aiken brings his latest tour to the Capitol Theatre in downtown Clearwater's Cleveland Street District on Sunday, November 25 at 7 pm. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, September 8 at noon at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office. Clay will perform holiday songs, as well as his hits.
Since coming to national attention on the second season of American Idol in 2003, Clay Aiken has evolved into a versatile and beloved popular entertainer. He has released five well-received albums, selling more than 6 million units as of 2011. In October 2003, he launched his first solo album Measure of a Man. The record sold 3 million copies debuting at number one on the Billboard 200 and was the highest selling first album for a solo artist in ten years, going double-platinum and netting Aiken an American Music Award.
In 2004, Aiken released Merry Christmas with Love, the fastest selling Christmas album in Nielsen Soundscan history. He followed that success with A Thousand Different Ways (2006), All is Well (2006), and On My Way Here (2008). His fifth studio album, Tried and True, was released in 2010, receiving positive reviews from critics across the board. Notably, Aiken earned the distinction of being only the eighth artist to ever have his first four albums debut in the Billboard Top 5.
Aiken also penned a best-selling memoir in 2004. Readers and critics alike embraced his style and his message in Learning to Sing: Hearing the Music in Your Life. The book was an instant New York Times bestseller, holding the prestigious spot for seven weeks.
In addition to taking the stage on nine separate tours, in 2008 Clay Aiken began his critically lauded stint as the inept yet endearing Sir Robin in the Broadway musical Monty Python's Spamalot. Variety reported that his January 2008 debut benefited the show with a huge uptick in sales. Clay proved to be a tour de force that prompted director Mike Nichols to label Aiken "an excellent comic actor and a master of character."
Throughout his career, Aiken has continuously been a supportive activist on behalf of children. As he has often explained, "My music career has allowed me to do the same thing I was doing before-work with kids. It has just given me a bigger stage, so I can enact change on a grander scale." Clay has been an ambassador for UNICEF since 2004; the same year he started the National Inclusion Project with cofounder Diane Bubel. NIP supports the integration of children with disabilities into the same environments as their non-disabled peers.
In 2012, Aiken was runner-up to Arsenio Hall on the fifth season of NBC TV's Celebrity Apprentice to raise funds and awareness for the National Inclusion Project. Beating the likes of Debbie Gibson, Aubrey O'Day and Lisa Lampanelli, he became an audience favorite, and raised more than $350,000 for NIP.
Reserved tickets priced at $75.00 and $55.00 will be available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office located at 1111 McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater, by calling 727.791.7400 or by logging onto www.atthecap.com. The Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office is open Monday through Saturday, from noon to 6 pm. The Capitol Theatre Ticket Office opens one hour prior to showtime.
Valet parking is now available for most performances at the historic Capitol Theatre. Parking is free on city streets after 6 pm every day. Coachman Park Parking Lots are always free and is just a short walk to the Capitol Theatre. For information on dining please visit www.ClevelandStreetDistrict.com.
The City of Clearwater and Ruth Eckerd Hall have joined forces to renovate and revitalize the intimate Capitol Theatre located on downtown Clearwater's beautiful Cleveland Street. Constructed and established in 1921, this classic structure, complete with a large mezzanine and furnishings reminiscent of a classic Hollywood theater, is one of the oldest operating theatres in the state of Florida. In 2009, the Clearwater City Council designated the Capitol Theatre a historical landmark. The is the first such designation by the city. Ruth Eckerd Hall is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.