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Clay Aiken Sings The Standards Wednesday Night At Cobb Energy Centre

Clay Aiken performs Wednesday night at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on his “Tried and True Tour.”.
Clayton Holmes “Clay” Aiken was born on November 30, 1978 in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is a multi-platinum selling singer, songwriter, actor, producer, and author who began his rise to fame on the second season of American Idol, where he was the runner-up to Ruben Studdard  in 2003. Aiken created the National Inclusion Project (formerly the Bubel/Aiken Foundation) in 2003, accepted a UNICEF ambassadorship in 2004, and in 2006 was appointed for a two-year term to the Presidential Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. He made his Broadway debut playing the role of Sir Robin in Monty Python’s Spamalot in January 2008. Aiken performed Wednesday night at the Cobb energy performing Arts Centre on his “Tried and True Tour.”

Clay Aiken performed Wednesday night at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on his “Tried and True Tour.”  Clayton Holmes “Clay” Aiken was born on November 30, 1978 in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is a multi-platinum selling singer, songwriter, actor, producer, and author who began his rise to fame on the second season of American Idol, where he was the runner-up to Ruben Studdard  in 2003. Aiken created the National Inclusion Project (formerly the Bubel/Aiken Foundation) in 2003, accepted a UNICEF ambassadorship in 2004, and in 2006 was appointed for a two-year term to the Presidential Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. He made his Broadway debut playing the role of Sir Robin in Monty Python’s Spamalot in January 2008. Aiken performed Wednesday night at the Cobb energy performing Arts Centre on his “Tried and True Tour.”

AJC photographer Robb Cohen covered the show with his camera. See the 14-photo online gallery. What did you think of the show? How many times have you seen Clay perform?

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(Photo Credit: Robb D. Cohen/ www.robbsphotos.com)  For other concert photography linked to Access Atlanta, please visit  Atlanta Concert Photography Galleries.)

39 comments Add your comment

Llana

February 17th, 2011
8:28 am

nice pictures and nice write-up, thanks

leanna

February 17th, 2011
8:42 am

Love the pictures, I have tickets and can’t wait to see Clay next month!

Becky

February 17th, 2011
8:45 am

Great write-up and wonderful pictures!!! Thank you for sharing them!!!!

ghjk

February 17th, 2011
8:46 am

Is this supposed to be a concert review or a brief bio?

Pat

February 17th, 2011
8:57 am

Thanks for the great photos! Am looking forward to seeing him next week – he always deliveres a fantastic show.

Nate

February 17th, 2011
9:42 am

Robb, great photos. Thanks. Too bad there wasn’t a review of Clay’s concert. You missed some great music and great fun.

Robb Cohen

February 17th, 2011
9:59 am

Everyone, thanks for checking out the photo gallery. We’ll try to schedule a formal review next time. Which fans here are seeing the tour in other cities?

tommy

February 17th, 2011
10:35 am

Nobody reviewed it because nobody saw it.

AW

February 17th, 2011
10:41 am

I was at the show and it was fabulous! Clay is the best entertainer there is. Over 100 Clay concerts and counting!

katy

February 17th, 2011
10:51 am

Thanks for the pics. The show was wonderful!!

Lori

February 17th, 2011
11:06 am

I was not able to see the show in Atlanta, but did see it in Miami, Orlando, and Sarasota and will be seeing in in Minneapolis. Don’t miss it if it’s coming near you! Clay has a GREAT voice and is full of fun. It’s a ton of fun! Robb, thank you for the pictures, they are wonderful!

Flo

February 17th, 2011
11:21 am

I did not attend the show in Atlanta…but, I did attend his show in Orlando, Florida. What a great show! He not only is a great singer and entertainer…but, he always interacts with his audience..and he is quite the comedian. I never miss going to at least one show every time he tours because they are so awesome. I would go to more if I could.

afan

February 17th, 2011
11:57 am

I’ll be seeing Clay this Saturday in Cleveland. He puts on a great show, I can’t wait!

Johnsie

February 17th, 2011
12:14 pm

Hey, Thanks for the nice pictures!

I couldn’t make it to the Atlanta show, but already have my Charlotte ticket. You see….Clay is a natural entertainer, and I never miss his shows.

FYI…Clays fans are not much different from fans of any other artist, or the basketball, football and race car fans. We share trips, gather, eat, drink and make merry. Just in a little more sophisticated manner than some. You see…..most of us don’t have that hangover the next day! :)

tom

February 17th, 2011
12:50 pm

thought show was outstanding. First time I had seen him. Wife took me. I would have been interested in what you thought of the show itself. I was amazed at the range, etc of his voice and,,,how entertaining he is…funny guy!!!!!

tom

February 17th, 2011
12:53 pm

by the way, he doesn’t look so gay…know he is, but not in an “over the top” way. Just saying……..

glynnes

February 17th, 2011
12:56 pm

how many people would you estimate were there. Hard for me to tell. sitting in front

lissa

February 17th, 2011
1:21 pm

Beautiful pictures. Not very often we get such nice pics, even from the pros. Fans take some awesome pics too. I think Clay would like to see these. Maybe you can send them to him. Thank you for capturing the essence of the man.

boots

February 17th, 2011
2:05 pm

Thanks for the great pictures. I travelled last summer to see his concert. Husband was not really interested in going but was totally impressed by Clay’s natural talent on stage. It was 2+ hours of singing and clean comedy. That takes true talent. This tour looks like it is just as much fun.
His back up singer Quiana Parler is also a fantastic vocalist and is always given some time to shine on stage.

Christel Klein

February 17th, 2011
2:19 pm

Did not see this particular show BUT i am enjoying the pictures and write up here in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.

Robb Cohen

February 17th, 2011
2:29 pm

Claymates, thank y’all very much for the kind words about the photos…you are a breath of fresh air compared to most concert-goers! To the comments about posting them on Clay’s website, feel free to send these links to any of the fansites or webmasters that handle Clay photos.

norris

February 17th, 2011
2:29 pm

Saw the show at The Cobb and it was great. Everyone should see Clay in concert. This was my 3rd
concert and it won’t be my last. Thanks for the article and pictures of Clay. What an Artist and I mean ARTIST!!!!!!

Gwyneth Matthews

February 17th, 2011
2:47 pm

I think what Tom (bless him) is saying is that Clay doesn’t swish, nor have any so-called ‘typically gay’ affectations. He’s simply a man living a pre-birth decision, a very old, admirable soul, and like everyone of us deserves love. Perhaps more than most.

Sigh, like most Canadians (home’s Halifax and my health is poor) I count myself lucky to have seen him in person once, the only time he performed in RI, where a good friend lives. A mere15 hour drive.

marah

February 17th, 2011
3:09 pm

Quite a few of his fans would rather not be called Claymates- even though its affectionate. We are all fans of Clay Aiken- who is a multi-talented singer, writer, and actor. He has a great sense of humor and always laughs at himself too. His voice has a great range and is incomparable for singing these type of songs. He always has an off the cuff audience participation or input and its funny as heck.

If you go to a concert, you will see he picks a particular song and asks the audience what style they want him and his backup singer to sing a few lines of that song in. He has done it in rock and grunge style as well as others. Funny as heck. I would not miss at least one Clay concert in any of his tours. He is so entertaining.

marah

February 17th, 2011
3:10 pm

I wanted to add that I loved your photo’s Robb- thank you

Gwen

February 17th, 2011
3:40 pm

I love all the great comments about the show! I am going to Charlotte on the 23rd. I cannot wait to see
and hear Clay sing and banter with the audience. He is hysterically funny. Such a breathe of fresh air!

l norris

February 17th, 2011
3:40 pm

Robb, the photos are great. I saw the show last night with my husband. We drove over from Birmingham. I loved the show. Clay sings so well. He always puts on a great show.

katy

February 17th, 2011
4:01 pm

Thanks for the photos. Have seen Clay each tour he has done and his voice has never been stronger than when I saw him in Houston on the 14th. He really is about the voice…and the personality!!

Karen

February 17th, 2011
4:49 pm

Will be seeing Clay on the 22nd in Baltimore. This will be my 4th concert. Can’t wait to see him. The pictures are great!!!

Dee

February 17th, 2011
4:55 pm

Loved the photos of Clay. Beautiful pictures of a beautiful man! I will be attending four shows of Clay’s Tried and True Tour. One is just not enough!

June

February 17th, 2011
5:46 pm

Love the photos of Clay — thanks for putting them up — good job! I plan to see Clay in Charlotte and Greenville. One show is never enough since Clay always changes things up from show to show. He is an amazing singer but really an all around entertainer and so funny. Last summer’s tour with Ruben was just so much fun. Check it out on youtube — called the Timeless Tour.

jean

February 17th, 2011
5:58 pm

Hey, someone finally captured his good looks in photos. Thanks so much. wish all the people who have only seen the quirky ones that mostly get posted..could see these. They look just like he looks on stage. My daughter adores him and I really like the man. Don’t know why some don’t.

sally

February 17th, 2011
6:05 pm

Love the photos, Robb. Normally I only like fan photos as they know how to capture what attracts us, but I have to say you’ve done an excellent job. I love his hands. They are so expressive and you’ve captured those quite well also. Over eight years, I’ve seen Clay in concert probably 35 times. Each show was different. I love his voice, but it is his personality and showmanship that keeps me coming back for more.

Josh Hamilton

February 17th, 2011
7:22 pm

Great pictures Robb. I have seen Clay a few times in the past, he is hilarious and that voice just smacks you up the side of the head.

Patricia

February 17th, 2011
11:13 pm

Love Clay Aiken. Going to 3 concerts. Great performer. Love your pictures. Been a fan from the beinning, gone to all of his concerts.

ghjk

February 18th, 2011
7:24 am

From “tom” at 12:53 p.m.: “by the way, he doesn’t look so gay…know he is, but not in an “over the top” way. Just saying……..”

And this matters to you, “tom,” because…?

Marlene Glassman

February 18th, 2011
10:23 am

Clay Aiken has the most beautiful voice of any singer. Close your eyes and listen to Unchained Melody, Moon River, In my Life, Mary Did you Know, and Something about Us and you will experience sheer beauty.

yvonne

February 18th, 2011
3:15 pm

I m flying from Amsterdam next friday to attend 2 Clay concerts
he is the only artist in the world i will travel for

Linda S

February 19th, 2011
1:01 pm

Thanks for the great photos of Clay & the concert & such a nice blog Mr. Cohen !! We enjoyed it all as well as our brief discussion in the Cobb Center lobby following our M&G with Mr. Aiken. What a thrill to see our photo in your group. One of the “Linda’s” from OKC :)