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# 68: The Absurdly Charming Clay Aiken

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Hey, shortyjill is here--we were just talking about you not long ago, wondering how you are.

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I was shouting yes, yes, yes when Nicks name was announced! Good job I live alone.

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From CV:

62K for send a kid part where we raise cards to give

Woohoo!!!!!!

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If you want the song donate $250 to the National Inclusion Project by 9/28.

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What a fantastic Gala. Clay's voice was unbelievable. The award winners were awe inspiring. Jerome was there and was very nice. He looks way too young to be retired. I would go next weekend in a heartbeat if they held it again.

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Hey, shortyjill is here--we were just talking about you not long ago, wondering how you are.

Wait, what? When? I must have missed it haha

I was just peeking in cause the gala was this weekend :) Saw the Periscopes too, of course! Really nice to see Nick come aboard.

Not much going on with me, just work mostly. I went to see a band named Alt-J in concert last week, they're currently like my spirit animal, if animals were bands lol fantastic show though! Made me love them more!

Hope everyone's doing well!

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*waves at shortyjill*

From Twitter:

Perez Hilton, Lance Bass, Clay Aiken, Debra Messing & Kelly Ripa are in the audience for the opening night of Spring Awakening this evening

This is in NYC, and it involves both hearing and deaf actors.

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Clay is reported to be at Spring Awakenings on Broadway.

@SpringBway: Our live coverage from Opening night is about to begin! Stay tuned for more! #SpringAwakening http://t.co/Ok37GN4lux

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From Lynda Loveland's FB page:

I am truly humbled! THANK YOU to the National Inclusion Project for presenting me with the Founders Award. It's been an honor to be involved! I didn't know much about inclusion until Clay opened my eyes more than a decade ago. The work you do, the people you help is so inspiring! The Project is making a difference! I was proud to have my mother by my side Saturday night.

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nickikiwi has posted pictures from the Friday night Gala event on her Facebook, and she has graciously permitted me to post them here. Thanks nicki!

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Cute convo.

@JessicaIsNice: Clay Aiken was at "Spring Awakening" Opening and I didnt see him/propose 2 him, so if theres a point to living anymore, plz let me know ASAP

@amgreenberg: @JessicaIsNice point to living anymore not found

@JessicaIsNice: @JessicaIsNice I am so upset I am not joking this is devastating we are meant for each other should I fly to North Carolina and be with him

@imsarahmoore: @JessicaIsNice I think he lives in New York now but I could be wrong

@JessicaIsNice: @imsarahmoore this changes EVERYTHING

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My iPad is acting up. Here is a quote from the above article.

BIOGRAPHY

Clay Aiken has, himself, admitted that his tombstone may one day read “That Guy From American Idol”. But history (and the stone cutters) would be sorely remiss to diminish his accomplishments to only his participation on that show. In fact, a strong case could be made that his successes on American Idol in 2003 only served to set him up for larger achievements in areas far from the Idol stage. Sure, his first single made him the first artist in history to debut at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. Yes, he’s sold six million albums and sold-out 11 nationwide concert tours. His 2004 memoir, Learning To Sing: Hearing The Music in Your Life was a New York Times Best Seller, and his run on Broadway in Monty Python’s Spamalot was a critical and box office success.

He started a charitable foundation, National Inclusion Project, which is now recognized nationwide as the leading voice in the social inclusion of children with disabilities. He served for nine years as UNICEF Ambassador for education and child protection, traveling the world to educate Americans on the plight of children in Indonesia, Uganda, Afghanistan, and Somalia. His work with UNICEF raised awareness of and funding for the organization’s work around the world. He has advocated for LGBT rights and worked closely with organizations, like GLSEN, who work to curb the negative effects of discrimination against LGBT youth. And, his 2014 campaign for Congress from his home in North Carolina, while electorally unsuccessful, served to bring attention to not only policy issues important to him, like education and veteran’s affairs, but ultimately shone a national spotlight on deleterious effects of money in the American political system, and the indifference that many elected officials have towards the needs of the outsiders and underdogs that are forgotten by a less-than-fair political system.

While his voice may be most well-known to Americans for his singing, Clay has made an effort to use it to impact positive change, as well. It’s no wonder that the Washington Post called Clay a man with “an epic voice.”

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