Learning to Sing

Version: Unabridged (Abridged version available here)
Author: Clay Aiken , Allison Glock
Narrator: Clay Aiken
Genres: Biography & Memoir, Arts & Entertainment
Publisher: W Publishing Group
Published In: December 2004
Length: 3 hours, 30 minutes
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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 togive 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.

"From the Hardcover edition.

Reviews (4)

Learning to Sing

Written by Dave G of Lake Hopatccong, NJ from Lake Hopatcong, NJ on April 30th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I am not a fan of his music, but I enjoy learning about musicians' lives. I liked his truthful and heartwarming stories and views (sometimes funny) on life. At times he got a little too spiritual and preachy for me, but all in all I enjoyed the book.

Learning To Sing

Written by Billie Jo Schafer on March 2nd, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Very interesting. I love learning about real life people. Read by him, which is even more interesting. A real life fairy tale.

Surprisingly Entertaining

Written by Kathy from Woodbury, CT on March 23rd, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I bought this mostly out of loyalty - I am a fan of Clay Aiken' s singing and thought it would be fun to hear his story. But I found that it is an interesting story and Clay provides insights to his life that display a maturity beyond his years, perhaps explaining his poise on stage. Even more, it offers lessons in life that are helpful to all. This is an excellent example of a book better to hear than read.

Learning to Sing

Written by Janet Jacobs on January 15th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Ahh....what a delightful book told by Clay himself. I admired him before but now I admire him even more. His positive attitude and determination to make a difference in the world is refreshing in this self centered world we live in. I listened to it twice and am planning on buying my own copy. Highly recommend it!