On Sunday, July 25th, the King Center will feature Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard in their Timeless tour. The show is has been described as multiple renditions of classic hits from the past five decades. It begins July 23rd in North Carolina and meanders through the country, taking in 17 venues in about a one month period.
Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard became household names during the 2003 season of American Idol. After the votes were tallied, all 24 million of them, Ruben Studdard won by only 134,000 votes. The American Idol quality standard was set.
A little about Clay Aiken
Born November 30, 1978, Clay grew up in a musical household in Raleigh, North Carolina. With a birth father musician and a mother who sang with a band, Clay’s life was immersed in music. As a youngster, he sang with the local school and church choirs, which were replaced with solo local performances as he grew older. With three demo albums to his credit by the time he auditioned for American Idol, Clay was ready for the big time. Before, during, and after Idol he pursued, and earned, a degree in Special Education in 2003. Since Idol, Clay has produced five studio albums, done nine tours, made the New York Times Best Sellers List (as co-author), and made his Broadway debut. Add in some guest TV appearances, and co-hosting TV shows, charity work, and it is obvious Clay Aiken is a busy man.
A little about Ruben Studdard
Christopher Ruben Studdard was born September 12, 1978 in Frankfurt, Germany, where his father was stationed with the U.S. Army. Most of his growing-up years, however, were spent in Birmingham, Alabama. Ruben’s first public singing performance was at the age of three, at the church his family attended. The youngest son of two teachers, Ruben sang in church and school choir, while learning to play football. High school football led to a scholarship at Alabama A & M, where Ruben majored in Voice Studies. Like Clay, Ruben’s post-Idol days have been filled with album production, touring, guest appearances, and some acting gigs.
The Timeless tour marks the first time these two good friends have toured together and the Space Coast is fortunate to be able to feature the show. For more information, and tickets, contact the King Center at 321-242-2219. For other upcoming King Center shows, visit Space Coast Life.