On My Way Here
|On My Way Here|
|Studio album by Clay Aiken|
|Released||May 6, 2008|
|Clay Aiken chronology|
|Singles from On My Way Here|
On My Way Here is the fourth full length studio album released by Clay Aiken on May 6, 2008. This album of both ballads and pop-rock is an eclectic mix of styles and tempos. Aiken wanted to get away from using multiple producers and chose Grammy Award-winning British producer Mark 'Kipper' Eldridge (Sting, Chris Botti) to produce the album. Jaymes Foster was the executive producer. This was his final studio album for RCA.
The title track, "On My Way Here", written by OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder along with Hunter Davis and Chris Faulk, was the only single released. The song was originally for Tedder's debut album back in 2002, under Freelance Entertainment, which became defunct before the album could release. The song is about how the lessons we learn growing up shape us into the adults we become. This struck a chord with Aiken and the song became the inspiration for the album's theme.
Sales and chart performance
The album, selling 94,000 units in its first week, made its debut on the Billboard charts at number four on the Billboard 200 and #1 on Billboard Top Internet Albums. The album debuted on Billboard's Top Canadian Albums at number twenty-five for the week ending May 24, 2008.
- "On My Way Here"
- "Everything I Don't Need"
- "Something About Us"
- "Where I Draw the Line"
- "The Real Me"
- "Weight of the World"
- "As Long as We're Here"
- "Sacrificial Love"
- "Grace of God"
- "Lover All Alone"
- "Forget I Ever Knew You" (Wal-Mart exclusive)
- "It's In Everyone Of Us" (iTunes exclusive when pre-ordered)
- ^ "On My Way Here" Written by: Ryan Tedder, Hunter Davis, Chris Faulk – 4:28
- ^ "Ashes" Written by: Nichole Nordeman, Mark Hammond – 3:42
- ^ "Everything I Don't Need" Written by: Kipper, Judie Tzuke, James Morrison – 4:30
- ^ "Something About Us" Written by: Michael O'Brien, Scotty Wilbanks, Regie Hamm – 3:39
- ^ "Falling" Written by: Martin Hansen, Magnus Kaxe, Fred Alexander – 3:24
- ^ "Where I Draw the Line" Written by: Jeremy Bose, Clint Lagerberg, Jason Walker – 4:24
- ^ "The Real Me" Written by: Natalie Grant – 4:37
- ^ "Weight of the World" Written by: Franne Golde, Kasia Livingston, Henrik Korpi, Mathias Wollo – 3:44
- ^ "As Long as We're Here" Written by: Jan Buckingham, Rebecca Lynn-Howard – 4:42
- ^ "Sacrificial Love" Written by: Carl Falk, Sharon Vaughn, Didrik Thott – 4:12
- ^ "Grace of God" Written by: Mads Hauge, Don Mescall – 3:36
- ^ "Lover All Alone" Written by: Clay Aiken, David Foster, Emanuel Kiriakou / Produced by: Emanuel Kiriakou – 4:57
- ^ "Forget I Ever Knew You" Written by: Greg Critchley
- ^ "It's In Everyone Of Us" Written by: David Pomeranz
- Nathaniel Kunkel – Recorded and Mixed
- Cameron Craig – String Engineer
- Joe Harding – Engineer
- Chris Jennings – Engineer
- Wesley Seidman – Engineer
- Jorge Vivo – Engineer
- Bernard Levin – Asst. Engineer
- Dale Parsons – Asst. Engineer
- Nick Banns – Asst. Engineer
- Tyler Van Dalen – Asst. Engineer
- David Jones – Asst. Engineer
- Keith Carlock – drums
- Freddie Washington – Bass
- Jon Herington – guitars
- Jeff Young – Piano, B3 Hammond, Background Vocals
- Oz Noy – Guitars (appears courtesy of Magnatude Records)
- Keith Beauvais – Guitars, Production
- David Foster – Piano ("The Real Me")
- David Hartley – Piano ("Something About Us" and "Sacrificial Love"),
- Dominic Miller – Nylon Guitar ("Sacrificial Love")
- Jon Ossman – Bass ("Falling")
- Kipper – Keyboards, Programming
- Mark Neary – Additional Pro Tools
- Quiana Parler – Background vocals
- Angela Fisher – Background Vocals
- Jenny Hill – Background Vocals
- Windy Wagner – Background Vocals
- Sumudu Jayatilaka – Background Vocals
- David Hartley – Arranger
- Dermot Crehan – Violin (solo on "As Long as We're Here")
- Perry Montague-Mason – Violin
- Warren Zielinski – Violin
- Emlyn Singleton – Violin
- Patrick Kierman – Violin
- Boguslaw Kostecki – Violin
- Tom Bowes – Violin
- Maciej Rakowski – Violin
- Julian Leaper – Violin
- Chris Tombling – Violin
- Dave Woodcock – Violin
- Mark Berrow – Violin
- Jackie Shave – Violin
- Jonathan Rees – Violin
- Dermot Crehan – Violin
- Peter Lale – Viola
- Bruce White – Viola
- Katie Wilkinson – Viola
- Rachael Bolt – Viola
- Anthony Pleeth – Cello
- Martin Loveday – Cello
- Dave Daniels – Cello
- Jonthan Williams – Cello
- Chris Laurence – Bass
"Lover All Alone"
- Emanuel Kiriakou – Piano, Guitar (Acoustic & Electric), keyboards
- Doug Petty – Hammond B-3
- Cameron Stone – Cello
- Jimi Englund – Shaker
In an interview with Linda Loveland of WRAL-TV prior to the album's release, Aiken said that a couple of the songs on this album, while previously recorded, had not been widely heard. "The Real Me" was originally recorded by Natalie Grant for her album Awaken (2005). Aiken stated in an interview that Grant rewrote some of the lyrics for him. "The Real Me" was covered by Jessie Clark Funk on the 2009 Be Thou An Example CD from Songs for the Youth produced by the EFY cd's. "Something About Us" was written and recorded by Michael O'Brien for his album Something About Us (2007). "As Long as We're Here" was recorded by Kristy Starling for her self-titled debut album (2003)
Recording and mixing
- Lower Barn, London, UK
- Legacy Studios, New York City, NY
- Grove Studios, London, UK
- Ocean Way Recording, Los Angeles, CA
- Robert Irving Studios, Los Angeles, CA
- Studio Without Walls, Los Angeles, CA – mixing
- Marcussen Mastering, Hollywood, CA – mastering
- Lover All Alone
- Chalice Studios/Studio E, Los Angeles, CA – recording, mixing
- NRG Studios, North Hollywood, CA
Promotion for this album included a series of short filmed interviews of Aiken commenting on the making of the album. These interviews, known as Webisodes, are all on his official YouTube page along with a video that was filmed for the first single from this album.
QVC bonus disc
Aiken debuted the album on QVC before its release. As a bonus with pre-orders, a second Enhanced CD was included containing 3 live Sessions@AOL recordings, 1 unreleased recording and an unreleased video that had been filmed for his 2003 Measure of a Man album.
- "When I Need You"
- "Invisible" (Live)
- "Measure Of A Man" (Live)
- "I Will Carry You" (Live)
- Enhanced CD Portion: "This Is The Night" (Unreleased Video) Directed by: Matthew Rolston
- tracks 2, 3 and 4 from Sessions@AOL, November 2003 and December 2004
This album is also available in a new music format called MusicPass. The MusicPass is a gift card that gives access to a digital version of the album for iPods and MP3 players. Included as a bonus are 3 music videos and a digital booklet.
- "Invisible" – music video
- "The Way" – music video
- "A Thousand Days" – music video
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- Ryan Tedder \\ For the Sound \\
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- Walmart.com CD: On My Way Here (with Exclusive Bonus Track)
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- New Digital Album Card