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On My Way Here

On My Way Here

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by Clay Aiken
On My Way Here chronicles Aiken’s experiences over the past five years -- from second-season American Idol runner-up to pop and Broadway superstar. The album’s title song was co-written by Ryan Tedder and thematically addresses how the lessons we learn while growing up shape us into who we become as adults.


On My Way Here chronicles Aiken’s experiences over the past five years -- from second-season American Idol runner-up to pop and Broadway superstar. The album’s title song was co-written by Ryan Tedder and thematically addresses how the lessons we learn while growing up shape us into who we become as adults.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Clay Aiken dragged his feet on his sophomore effort but took little time to deliver his third, On My Way Here. By the time this appeared in stores in May 2008, it had long been established that Clay had little to do with any styles or sound that could be pegged as "contemporary," carving out his own little world for his Claymates, but this didn't stop him from attempting a makeover on On My Way Here, moving him out of the freeze-dried karaoke of A Thousand Different Ways and into something that feels a little bit more modern, drafting in OneRepublic singer Ryan Tedder to pen the title track and even dipping into some stiff, strange funk on "Everything I Don't Need." These two cuts are the exception to the rule, as the rest of On My Way Here sounds as if it could have competed with Jon Secada's singles for space on adult contemporary airwaves in 1991. This is an entirely welcome development for Clay, as he sounds at ease here in a way he never did on A Thousand Different Ways, where he was covering so many hits it seemed as if he was still suck on American Idol's big stage. That's surely not the case here: no songs are familiar, most feel tailored to Aiken's strengths, and he even bears a writing credit on the closing "Lover All Alone." All the songs are either about love or are inspirational in nature (which isn't the same thing as being Christian music, as this most assuredly is not, despite titles like "Grace of God") and everything is given a glossy veneer that reflects whatever the listeners brings to the record; if they're a Claymate, they'll find the songs inspiring; if not, this all will sound like well-crafted calculation. This time around, it's certainly easier for the non-fans to appreciate the craft in the record or the range in Aiken's voice for the very reason that this album feels crafted, not slapped together like the last, and that's a development that's easy to admire. Still, On My Way Here is totally, completely for the fans, for the Claymates who love unconditionally, and for those listeners, this is the opposite of A Thousand Different Ways as it rewards their devotion instead of taking advantage of it.

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Performance Credits

Clay Aiken   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Keith Beauvais   Guitar
Mark Berrow   Violin
Jon Herington   Guitar
Jenny Hill   Background Vocals
Chris Laurence   Bass
Martin Loveday   Celli
Dominic Miller   Guitar (Nylon String)
Doug Petty   Hammond Organ
Anthony Pleeth   Celli
Maciej Rakowski   Violin
Johnathan Rees   Violin
Dermot Crehan   Violin,Soloist
Cameron Stone   Cello
Peter Lale   Viola
Patrick Kiernan   Violin
Boguslaw Kostecki   Violin
Jackie Shave   Violin
Bruce White   Viola
Freddie "Ready Freddie" Washington   Bass
David Hartley   Piano
David Daniels [cello]   Celli
Jimi Englund   Shaker
Emanuel Kiriakou   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Julian Leaper   Violin
Keith Carlock   Drums
Angela Fisher   Background Vocals
Perry Mason   Violin,Leader
Rachel Bolt   Viola
Emlyn Singleton   Violin
Warren Zielinski   Violin,Leader
Jeff Scott Young   Piano,Hammond Organ,Background Vocals
Windy Wagner   Background Vocals
Jon Ossman   Bass
Quiana Parler   Background Vocals
Oz Noy   Guitar
Thomas Bowes   Violin
David Foster   Piano
Sumudu Jayatilaka   Background Vocals
Katie Wilkinson Khoroshunin   Viola
Christopher Tombling   Violin
David Woodcock   Violin

Technical Credits

Michael O'Brien   Composer
Hunter Davis   Composer
Franne Golde   Composer
Keith Beauvais   Programming,Producer
Chris Faulk   Composer
Mark Hammond   Composer
Chris Jennings   Engineer
Nathaniel Kunkel   Engineer
Pat Thrall   Engineer
Judie Tzuke   Composer
Sharon Vaughn   Composer
Erwin Gorostiza   Art Direction
David Hartley   String Arrangements
Jeremy Bose   Composer
Emanuel Kiriakou   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Brent Paschke   Engineer
Regie Hamm   Composer
Fred Alexander   Composer
Nichole Nordeman   Composer
Jan Buckingham   Composer
Cameron Craig   String Arrangements
Natalie Grant   Composer
Scotty Wilbanks   Composer
Michelle Holme   Art Direction
Clay Aiken   Composer
Henrik Korpi   Composer
Ryan Tedder   Composer
Jorge Vivo   Engineer
Kasia Livingston   Composer
Martin Hansen   Composer
Steeve Daviault   Groomer
Don Mescall   Composer
Wesley Seidman   Engineer
Mathias Wollo   Composer
Mads Hauge   Composer
Darkrow   Composer

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On My Way Here 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd has varied music, and each song is unique. I really am enjoying the cd. I actually love every song on the cd and each has its own message, and some are very inspirational.His voice is better than ever. Ofcourse the title song is great, Ashes is excellent too. Something about us is beautiful. I bought for myself and as a gift and it is wonderful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been waiting for his new CD for a long time. I have all of his CD's & this one is by far the best of his accomplishments. Clay is a wonderful singer & a fine performer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wanted Clay's new CD to be so good that I'm afraid I was much too critical when I played it through the first time. It was only during the second go 'round that I stopped willing it to be good and realized that it is GREAT. Actually, I love most of the songs and really, really, really like the rest. "Sacrificial Love" is especially moving and Clay couldn't have chosen a more perfect title song than "On My Way Here". If given the airplay time the album deserves, any number of the songs could really catch on. I love the up-tempo selections and the images of love and life created by the lyrics, which are beautifully and masterfully performed by Clay.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If anyone thinks that Clay Aiken & modern pop don't go together, then give a listen to these tracks: both ASHES & FALLING could have easily been on Kelly Clarkson's "Breakaway" album; WHERE I DRAW THE LINE would be all over the radio if the name Daughtry was attached to it; WEIGHT OF THE WORLD calls to mind bands such as Coldplay & REM; & if marketed to Country/Pop radio, both GRACE OF GOD & AS LONG AS WE'RE HERE would be huge hits. The problem is that RCA never bothered to give this clearly bankable artist (with both Triple & Double Platinum albums to his credit) a radio promotion budget, or even a viable video, after his mega-selling debut, & always seemed to choose the weakest track as a lead single thereafter. Why??????!!!!!! I guess that is a question for the ages as this is a voice that should be a staple at AC radio by now, with several of his songs perfect for Hot AC. If you want to hear the real Clay Aiken (this is the 1st CD on which his label gave him control) & enjoy a variety of genres (pop/rock, country, jazz, R&B, adult contemporary), then you will LOVE this gorgeous album! It's a true artistic achievement that more people need to hear.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago