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.
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.
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 to give 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. Download and start listening now!