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'American Idol' Season 2' runner-up Clay Aiken debuted his multi-platinum album, 'Measure of a Man' after the season ended in 2003 and then released four more records, including 'Tried and True' in 2010.
Aiken also took his talents to a different stage - Broadway. He made his debut as Sir Robin in Monty Python's 'Spamalot' in 2008 and performed in the musical until 2009. In 2012, he returned to reality TV, placing second on Donald Trump's show 'The Celebrity Apprentice.'
In 2008, Aiken and his friend, female music producer Jaymes Foster, welcomed a baby boy named Parker via IVF.
Aiken, who holds a bachelor's degree in special education and has worked with autistic kids, is also involved in philanthropy. He created the National Inclusion Project in 2003, accepted a position as a UNICEF ambassador in 2004, and was appointed for a two-year term to the Presidential Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities in 2006. He also wrote a best-selling book, 'Learning to Sing: Hearing the Music in Your Life,' and made public appearances ito speak against gay bullying.
On Feb. 5, 2014, Aiken announced he is running for Congress in North Carolina. The Democratic primary is scheduled for May and the election takes place on Nov. 4.
(Pictured: Clay Aiken appears in a campaign video in which he announces why he's running for Congress in North Carolina in 2014. The clip was posted on his official YouTube page on Feb. 5.)
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