On My Way Here

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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.
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
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.
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/6/2008
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 886972808925
  • Catalog Number: 728089

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 On My Way Here (4:28)
  2. 2 Ashes (3:42)
  3. 3 Everything I Don't Need (4:30)
  4. 4 Something About Us (3:39)
  5. 5 Falling (3:24)
  6. 6 Where I Draw the Line (4:24)
  7. 7 The Real Me (4:37)
  8. 8 Weight of the World (3:44)
  9. 9 As Long as We're Here (4:42)
  10. 10 Sacrificial Love (4:12)
  11. 11 Grace of God (3:36)
  12. 12 Lover All Alone (4:57)
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Album Credits

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
Kate Wilkinson Viola
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
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
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Pat Thrall Engineer, Digital Editing
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, Digital Editing
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    worth the wait

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Expectations Rewarded

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    CLAY'S TRUE VOICE IS FINALLY HEARD!

    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.

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    Posted February 7, 2009

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