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Clay Aiken brings Christmas show to St. Charles' Arcada

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  • Singer Clay Aiken is set to headline with his "Clay Aiken Christmas Special" at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles.

    Singer Clay Aiken is set to headline with his "Clay Aiken Christmas Special" at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles.
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Submitted by Onesti Entertainment

One of the most memorable "American Idol" finalists is bringing his soaring voice and passion for the world around him to the historic Arcada Theatre in St. Charles. Clay Aiken, the North Carolina native whose rendition of "Bridge Over Troubled Water" won hearts across America, will perform his Christmas show at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at the theater, 105 E. Main St.

"Having Clay Aiken with us during the holidays will be an amazing experience," said Ron Onesti, owner of the Arcada Theatre. "Clay's powerful voice brings us back to an era when a single note could inspire us and comfort us, and entertain us whether young or old. Clay's show is so full of passion, it is a perfect gift for the holidays."

Aiken toured with Kelly Clarkson in 2004 for a sold-out, 30-city independent tour and has released several platinum albums in the years that followed, including his memoir, "Learning to Sing: Hearing the Music in Your Life." His book and the album, "Merry Christmas with Love," were released in the same week to critical and commercial success. His official website is clayaiken.com.

Aiken is a versatile entertainer whose roles have included an unscrupulous character on Lifetime's "Drop Dead Diva" in 2011. His crowning acting achievement was in 2008 when he stepped onstage as Sir Robin in the Tony award winning production of "Monty Python's Spamalot," garnering broad critical approval.

One of Aiken's charitable causes is his work promoting the National Inclusion Project, which focuses on bridging the gap that exists between people with disabilities and the world around them.

Tickets, starting at $39, are available at oshows.com.