Clay Aiken to Perform National Anthem at Bulls Game on Monday

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Local idol & national star Clay Aiken will sing the National Anthem for the Bulls on Monday, May 9th.

Raleigh native and international pop-star Clay Aiken will perform the national anthem at the Durham Bulls game against the Indianapolis Indians on Monday, May 9th at the 2nd annual Back to the DAP game presented by Measurement Incorporated.

“We’re extremely happy to have Clay with us again for such a important night,” Durham Bulls General Manager Mike Birling said, “A know a lot of our fans will remember the first time he sang the anthem at our ballpark and it was amazing.”

Aiken began his rise to fame in 2003 when he made it to the finals of the hit television show, American Idol. That season, he performed at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park upon making it to the final three. A sold-out crowd at the DBAP watched as he landed in the WRAL helicopter in centerfield, threw out the ceremonial first pitch and then sang the Star-Spangled Banner.

Since Idol, Aiken has released five albums, including his mult-platinum debut album Measure of a Man. Aiken has also launched nine tours, authored a New York Times best-selling book Learning to Sing: Hearing the Music in Your Life with Allison Glock, and was the executive producer for a 2004 televised Christmas special, A Clay Aiken Christmas. He has been a frequent talk show guest, particularly on The Tonight Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live. He appeared as a guest star on Scrubs and participated in comedy skits on various shows.

Aiken created the National Inclusion Project (formerly the Bubel/Aiken Foundation) in 2003, accepted a UNICEF ambassadorship in 2004, and in 2006 was appointed for a two-year term to the Presidential Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities.

Aiken made his Broadway debut playing the role of Sir Robin in Monty Python’s Spamalot in January 2008.[10] His run ended in May but he rejoined the cast as Sir Robin in September and remained through January 4, 2009.

Tickets for the May 9th game at the Historic Durham Athletic Park are available now at or by phone at (919) 956-BULL.


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