Clayton Holmes Grissom Net WorthReal Name: Clayton Holmes Grissom
Date of Birth: 11/30/1978
Place of Birth: Raleigh, North Carolina
2017 Net Worth: $6 Million
Profession: Singer, actor, author, political activist
Clayton Aiken, Clay Holmes, Clay Aiken, Clay Grissom Biography
Clayton Holmes Grissom, better known by his stage name Clay Aikens, was born in November of 1978 in Raleigh, North Carolina. He sang in the Raleigh Boys Choir as a child and during his teenage years, he sang just about anywhere he could. Aiken was the lead singer with a local band, Just by Chance, when he got out of high school. His mother gave him studio time as a birthday gift and he cut some demo songs. When he was 19, he legally changed his name to his mother’s maiden name Aiken in order to distance himself from his estranged father.
While working as a teacher’s aide for disabled children at the YMCA, one of his student’s mothers encouraged him to audition for American Idol. Aiken won second place in the second season of American Idol, but he was still offered a recording contract with RCA records. His debut album, Measure of a Man, went multi-platinum in 2004. Aikens went on to release 4 more albums with RCA. Aiken left RCA records in 2008 and signed with Decca Records. He has since released two albums with the Decca label, Tried and True in 2010, and Steadfast in 2012. Aikens enjoys touring as well with 11 money making tours under his belt, but prefers to stay at home in his $2.5 million mansion in North Carolina.
Aiken has also written a New York Times best-selling book about teaching yourself to sing. He often does Christmas television specials and is a frequent talk show guest. Not content to just sing, this young star also decided to try acting. He made his debut on Broadway playing in Monty Python’s Spamalot in 2008. It also appears that entertainment is not enough for Aiken; he announced in 2014 that he was running for Congress as a Democrat. Although he lost to the Republican incumbent in November of 2014, he has said that he might give politics another go.
Aiken has a current net worth of $6 million and with his wide range of talents and interests, this young Idol star has the potential to earn much more and increase his net worth substantially.