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Learning to Sing by Clay Aiken & Allison Glock
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Learning to Sing

Hearing the Music in Your Life

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Narrator Kirby Heyborne
Length 4 hours 57 minutes
Language English
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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 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.

Clay Aiken was one of the two finalists in the 2003 American Idol season and is one of the biggest stars to emerge from that hit show. His debut album, Measure of a Man, hit number one on the Billboard 200 in October 2003, selling 612,000 copies during its first week. To learn more, visit clayaiken.com.

Allison Glock is the author of Beauty Before Comfort: The Story of an American Original and the coauthor of Clay Aiken’s Learning to Sing: Hearing the Music in Your Life. She has written articles for many magazines, including GQ and The New York Times Magazine. Glock lives in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Kirby Heyborne is an American musician and actor. After graduating from the University of Utah with a degree in economics, he received critical acclaim for his starring role in the award-winning World War II drama Saints and Soldiers. He has starred in many feature films and national commercials, and has appeared on Everwood and Free Ride. He is well known for his narration and voice work on several audiobooks. In addition, he can frequently be found touring the country with his singing and songwriting act.

Clay Aiken was one of the two finalists in the 2003 American Idol season and is one of the biggest stars to emerge from that hit show. His debut album, Measure of a Man, hit number one on the Billboard 200 in October 2003, selling 612,000 copies during its first week. To learn more, visit clayaiken.com.

Allison Glock is the author of Beauty Before Comfort: The Story of an American Original and the coauthor of Clay Aiken’s Learning to Sing: Hearing the Music in Your Life. She has written articles for many magazines, including GQ and The New York Times Magazine. Glock lives in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Kirby Heyborne is an American musician and actor. After graduating from the University of Utah with a degree in economics, he received critical acclaim for his starring role in the award-winning World War II drama Saints and Soldiers. He has starred in many feature films and national commercials, and has appeared on Everwood and Free Ride. He is well known for his narration and voice work on several audiobooks. In addition, he can frequently be found touring the country with his singing and songwriting act.

Clay Aiken was one of the two finalists in the 2003 American Idol season and is one of the biggest stars to emerge from that hit show. His debut album, Measure of a Man, hit number one on the Billboard 200 in October 2003, selling 612,000 copies during its first week. To learn more, visit clayaiken.com.

Allison Glock is the author of Beauty Before Comfort: The Story of an American Original and the coauthor of Clay Aiken’s Learning to Sing: Hearing the Music in Your Life. She has written articles for many magazines, including GQ and The New York Times Magazine. Glock lives in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Kirby Heyborne is an American musician and actor. After graduating from the University of Utah with a degree in economics, he received critical acclaim for his starring role in the award-winning World War II drama Saints and Soldiers. He has starred in many feature films and national commercials, and has appeared on Everwood and Free Ride. He is well known for his narration and voice work on several audiobooks. In addition, he can frequently be found touring the country with his singing and songwriting act.

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