Let’s go back to 2003. American Idol was still on TV–in only its second season–and the world was just introduced to a 25-year-old Raleigh, North Carolina native named Clay Aiken.
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Judges initially thought he was too “nerdy”to be a star, but once they heard his voice, they changed his mind, and he quickly rose to become a fan favorite.
Though Clay didn’t win the season–he was named runner-up–he’s still remembered as one of the most talented vocalists the show has seen. Perhaps most remembered is his stunning rendition of Simon & Garfunkel’s 1970 hit “Bride Over Troubled Water.â€
The performance was more than enough to launch a successful singing career. He released his debut, multi-platinum album, “Measure of a Man,”later that year and has branched out into other professional arenas in the years since.
Although 15 years have passed since we first heard Clay sing “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” it still gives us chills!
Accompanied by a choir, his powerful voice rings out and fills the auditorium with all his heart and soul, leaving listeners and viewers chilled to the bone. It would be an understatement to say this song got Clay’s singing career off the ground — more like, “launched it into the stratosphere.â€
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