Learning to Sing: Hearing the Music in Your Life Hardcover – Nov 16 2004
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"My mother prophesied years ago that my voice would take me places. She was certain that there was a reason I was able to sing. I am still discovering what that reason is, what it is that God wants to happen."
-CLAY AIKEN, from "Learning to Sing
When he was a kid singing in his church choir, Clay Aiken never dreamed of becoming a pop music star. His ambition was to be a teacher, maybe even a high school principal. But Clay's mother was right, and the music that was Clay's joy in life was destined to lead him to unexpected triumphs.
In "Learning to Sing, Clay details what his astonishing success has meant to him. He writes from the heart about his life before and since his instant stardom on American Idol, how he has changed, and how he struggles to adapt to life in the public eye. He speaks candidly about his lonely childhood: the father who abandoned him, the school bullies who tormented him, the mother who taught him to be strong, and the friends and teachers who-more than they ever knew-kept him going. He describes his new high-profile life in Los Angeles- the awards shows, the free clothes, the unfortunate presence of avocado on all the food. More significant, he reveals what he has discovered from diving into the white-hot center of pop culture: what it takes for him to stay true to himself and remember the lessons he learned growing up in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Clay shares his struggle to remain a man his mother can be proud of, and writes about the faith that sustains him today just as it did when he was an awkward, unpopular outsider. "I believe God has a direction for me. He did not give me this life just so I could buy a big house and an SUV. My job is togive back and to be a decent human being no matter how many people cheer my name."
Clay's friends-the old ones from North Carolina and the millions of new ones who love his voice-will hold this inspiring memoir as close to their hearts as they do his music. "Learning to Sing reminds you that anything is possible. Like a perfect song, it will send your spirit soaring.
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Top Customer Reviews
It is obvious that she hasn't read the book. First of all, the book isn't about "learning how to sing". It's an inspirational memoir, about things Clay learned throughout his life from his friends and family. This is the complete opposite of Paris Hilton's book; he really doesn't care about the money - so don't act like you actually met him. Clay created the Bubel/Aiken Foundation (thebubelaikenfoundation.org), he is UNICEF's ambassador, and he did so many things that changed tons of people's lives. Clay Aiken is a superstar, don't try to deny it. I suggest you actually read the book before you write a review...! This book is amazing, and it has absolutely NOTHING to do with American Idol.
Oh, and another thing -
you should get a new fact checker. :)
I attended his Christmas concert and was completely in awe. Here it is the end of January and I am still listening to his Christmas CD.
I am 99% Country music, but I am completely enamored with him. I picked him to win from his first audition. It wasn't until later that I learned that he sang originally sang Country. I think that probably explains my attachment to him.
I have his Joyful Noise tour program on display in my office.
Most recent customer reviews
Way to go Clay on writing this book straight from the heart! This is an excellent autobiography/memoir that any fan of Clay must read!! Read morePublished on Oct. 27 2006 by kristacorey
Clay Aiken's Learning to Sing, Hearing the Music in Your Life is an amazing book for the young and old. You will learn a lot from this book. Buy this book! You won't regret it!Published on June 12 2005
I swear this dude looks like chucky...other than that it's an interesting book I recomend a read.Published on May 11 2005 by kristen
First of all, wow! What an inspirational book.
Clay's book, is filled with all of his experiences that have built him up to what he is now. Read more
This book was a window straight into Clay's soul. When will he write part two?
Clay tells us about the positive and realistic frame of mind that helped him deal with life's... Read more
Seriously, what has Clay Aiken done that is so miraculous that he has to write a book? ALREADY? There are people out there who have been around for ages and either haven't... Read morePublished on Nov. 25 2004 by Laura