Monday, September 18, 2006

Clay Aiken: Happy To Exceed Expectations

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Regardless of what you think about Clay Aiken, it can’t be as harsh as what he thinks about himself.

The singer admits that’s why he was initially “apprehensive” about his latest album, A Thousand Different Ways, which features his takes on songs by Jon Bon Jovi, Richard Marx and Elton John.

He says he wasn’t sure his versions of standards like “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word” or “Because You Loved Me,” could hold up to the originals, especially because, as he puts it: “I don’t try to copy anything.”

Still, Aiken says once he heard the new arrangements of songs like “Here You Come Again,” he started realizing he could put his own stamp on the tunes and feels now he “managed to exceed expectations.”

As he puts it, “I’ll say this album is my favorite – and I know everyone says this about their new release – but I’ll be saying that about this one for years.”

A Thousand Different Ways hits stores tomorrow (Sept. 19) and Aiken plans to buy his own copy on the first day, admitting, “it’s sort of a superstition.”

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