If you happened to read my Gather Movie and Release report yesterday, you might have read about the release of Clay Aiken's new record today. Tried And True is now out in stores, and Clay Aiken is out promoting this release now! The record is a collection of - you guessed it - tried and true song standards as covered by the former American Idol contestant.
It is hard to believe it has been seven years since Clay Aiken was performing on the American Idol stage as a contestant. Since his time on Idol, the singer has released five studio albums, and he is set to go on tour later this summer with Ruben Studdard.
In an interview with Reuters, he spoke about his new record release and coming away from American Idol successfully. He had this to say:
Q: Why go back to the '50s and '60s?
A: "This is more what I always wanted to do and is far more true to who I am than what I ended up doing after I got off "Idol." You get off the show with a big record contract and the
record company has to figure out what to do with these people they are handed. It is a bit of a challenge to create something out of nothing."
Q: Why these songs on your debut for Decca Records?
A: "These are songs that I grew up listening to in the car with my mum. They are beautiful melodies. They aren't top 40 driven necessarily but they are called standards for a reason - they set the standard for what is great. I don't think there are songs on the radio nowadays that meet that standard. There aren't any new classics. What will we in 30 or 40 years time look back on and see as the classics from today?"
Q: What is the key to building success after "Idol?"
A: "I think everyone would love to have the answer to that! If I knew I would have bottled it. I think diversifying helps a little bit but remaining true to yourself also helps. There have been times in the past seven years when people have tried to get me to dress extra cool for example but you just can't try to be someone you are not. I feel like I am somewhat intelligent when it comes to making decisions about branching into this or that area but a lot of it has to do with luck and having good people work with you."
For more of interview, go here. Check out Clay Aiken performing Can't Take My Eyes Off Of you in the Good Morning America studio earlier this morning. For more of my American Idol coverage, go here.