|photo by buzztechie
AND THE NEW BAND AND BACKUP SINGERS ARE:
|Photo by Buzztechie - Clay w/Quiana
QUIANA PARLER - BACK-UP SINGER - Quiana beat out Clay in
Charlotte for a shot at stardom on American Idol. He went on to Atlanta to stand in line and hope for his shot at stardom. Quiana
was cut before making the final 32 (if there ever was proof that American Idol isn't looking for the best talent they could
find, this is it!). This scenario could make for a very touchy situation but Clay and Quiana emerged as friends.
In a radio interview last spring, Clay mentioned that she was to be his guest as the American Idol 2 Tour returned to Raleigh.
This year, she was a part of his return to Raleigh on stage as a backup singer on the Independent tour. She also gets
her moment to shine as she sings a duet with Clay, "Without You," a song that will be featured on Kimberley Locke's album,
due out this spring.
During NOT A TOUR, Quiana is featured in the James Taylor tribute. She sings"Whenever I see
Your Smiling Face."
Here are some links to articles about Quiana:
UNCC Student is finalist for "Idol"
"Idol" an eye opener for Parler
Local Fox Affiliate Rejected Aiken
Thanks to gman
at the Clayboard for this info on the new drummer:
Derek Wyatt (drummer-SOLITOUR)
is a very accomplished musician. He has played on numerous records and has toured all over the world with many
different artists. He has helped to develop new artists and has worked on projects for films and television. He graduated
from Berklee College of Music in 1993 and has been a full time working musician/producer ever since.
Derek recieved his
Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee college of music, Boston, MA
Berklee project -TV music
"In the heat of the night" segments
Worked with and played for McDonalds all star Jazz band.
and played for McDonalds
all star Jazz band
Pit orchestration - Atlanta, GA
Pit drummer - Athens, GA
Weather channel music
TV movie music
Scored floor routines for The University of Georgia Gymnastics team
Scored floor routines for The University
of Missouri Gymnastics team
Various Independant projects
Pete Oarto - Sony records ***Grammy
Wilshire - Rocket town/Columbia records
Eric Champion - Essential records
Rebecca St. James - Forefront
records ***Grammy winning record
Considering Lilly - Forefront records
Abra Moore - Epic
The Thompson Brothers
- RCA records
Margaret Becker - Sparrow records
Aaron Benward - Sparror records
Kenna - Interscope records
- In house music
David Ruis - Vineyard music
New Song - Benson records
Funkomatic - One records
of D.C Talk - Forefront records
TOURING DRUMMER FOR:
Out of Eden
East to West
Point of Grace
Little Big Town
Nick Carter -Backstreet Boys
INDIVIDUAL SHOWS/TOURS INCLUDE;
The ERASE tour (DC Talk/Gods Property/Out of Eden)
tour (NO DOUBT/Kenna)
House of Blues (N.E.R.D/Kenna)
Jingle Ball tour 2002 (Mariah Carey/P.Diddy/Destinys Child/Nick
Rage Against Destruction
THEY CAME, THEY JAMMED,
THEY FLEW THE COOP
The following musicians are no longer with Clay but we thank them for
their contribution to Clay Aiken Live.
Jason Halbert – organ and keyboards/synthesizer http://m-pulse.m-audio.com/december2003/halbert.php Jason was also part of the group Sonic Flood. Riding the current wave of alternative
praise and worship music hitting churches world-wide, Nashville natives "SonicFlood" released this stirring collection of
high energy praise and introspective worship to a generation hungering for a move of God. In a short amount of time the album
went #1 on the charts, as well as two singles, garnering 3 Dove Award nominations. Now the music from this breakthrough project
is available for your own worship. Written with note-for-note guitar transcriptions, including tab and lyrics, this compilation
will take your relationship with God to a brand new level!
Chris Lukes: Drummer for Independent Tour - has toured with artists such as Ricky Jones, All 4 One, Chante Moore, and Enrique Iglesias.
His television appearances include "BET Soundstage," "Disney Concert Series," the "American Music Awards," the "Tonight Show,"
the "Today Show," and more. Lukes is currently on tour with artist Enrique Iglesias.