Clay Aiken

Guest Writer

Clay Aiken was the runner-up on the second season of American Idol in 2003, selling six million albums and selling out 11 nationwide concert tours. Beyond his success in the music industry, Clay became a New York Times best-selling author, a Broadway star in Monty Python's Spamalot, a UNICEF ambassador, and runner-up (again) on NBC's Celebrity Apprentice. Clay most recently has stepped into the political world, running for Congress in his home state of North Carolina in 2014 and providing political commentary throughout the 2016 presidential campaign. While his voice may be most well-known to Americans for his singing, Clay has made an effort to use it to influence positive change, advocating for equal opportunity for everyone, especially for the underprivileged youth and the LGBT community.