Ruben and Clay in Punta Gorda Feb. 3

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Due to overwhelming demand, and on the heels of the first leg of their critically acclaimed “Twenty  Years • One Night” Tour, multi-platinum recording artists and American Idol favorites Ruben Studdard & Clay Aiken are hittng the road again for the second leg of their reunion tour. Called by many a pitch perfect and flawless show.  Twenty Years • One Night Tour highlights the music that made Ruben & Clay American Idol favorites and household names.

The vocal duo will perform two shows on Saturday, Feb. 3 at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center in Punta Gorda.

Gold Entertainment announced the addition of another top national concert with a special performance coming to the Charlotte Performing Arts Center.  “We are excited to be able to bring top national touring shows to this amazing theater located right in the center of Punta Gorda. It’s only a few blocks from downtown and adjacent to Charlotte High School” says Jay Goldberg, president of Gold Entertainment.  “Add to it comfortable indoor theatre seating and plenty of free parking, and you have a wonderful place to attend these specially selected performances we are bringing to Punta Gorda and SW Florida”.

From Clay’s iconic rendition of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” to Ruben’s soulful single ”Flying Without Wings”, join America’s favorite odd couple for an unforgetable evening of music and memories, spanning two decades, delivered as only these true superstars can.

Ruben & Clay are thrilled to reunite twenty years after captivating audiences during their historic run on the second season of Fox’s American Idol in 2003. Both plucked from the relative obscurity of their hometowns in the South, the unlikely pair quickly became audience favorites instrumental in helping propel Idol to the top of the Nielsen ratings, nearly tripling the viewership of the previous season, and securing its place as one of the most consequental TV series in American history.  Over 38 million viewers tuned in to hear the results of more than 124 million votes cast during their finale making it the most watched Idol episode in history and the highest rated regularly scheduled, live, non-sporting television episode of the 21st century.

Combined they have recorded twelve albums, sold more than eight million albums worldwide, toured the country 14 times, starred together on Broadway, won four Billboard Music Awards, an American Music Award, and have been nominated for two Grammys.

Clay Aiken most recently starred on Broadway in Ruben & Clay’s First Annual Christmas Carol Family Fun Pageant Spectacular Reunion Show at the Imperial Theater. The New York Times called the production ‘A Christmas Miracle’. This came ten years a􀅌er Clay’s critically lauded Broadway debut in Monty Python’s Spamalot. Catapulting to fame on season two of American Idol, he became the first Idol alum in history to have his first single debut at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, to have a single certified platinum and to have an album certified triple platinum. As a concert artist he’s played some of the most iconic venues in North America, including on the 2003 Independent Tour which Clay coheadlined with Kelly Clarkson.

Clay’s album, Measure Of A Man, also debuted at #1 with the highest first week sales by a debut artist. His 2004 holiday release, Merry Christmas With Love, set a record for the fastest selling holiday album of the SoundScan era and remains tied for the highest charting debut of a holiday album in Billboard history. He served 9 years as a UNICEF Ambassador and in 2003, he co-founded, with Diane Bubel, what is now the National Inclusion Project to advocate and increase opportunities for children with disabilities to be included in extracurricular activities (such as summer camps and after-school programs) with their non-disabled peers. Additional TV appearances include: 30 Rock, The Office, Scrubs, Days Of Our Lives, and Law & Order: SVU. Additional 2nd place finishes include: The Celebrity Apprentice in 2012 and the NC 2nd District US House race in 2014.

Beyond all of Clay’s successes (and near successes) his proudest accomplishment remains his son, Parker.

Ruben Studdard rose to fame as winner of the second season of American Idol and received a Grammy Award nomination in December 2003 for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for “Superstar”. In the years following Idol, Studdard has released six studio albums, including his platinum-selling debut, Soulful, and the top-selling gospel follow-up, I Need an Angel. He is most well-known for his recording career, which has produced hits including “Flying Without Wings”, “Sorry 2004”, and “Change Me”, but he has also segued into television and stage work. Most notably, he toured with Robin Givens in the comedy-drama I Need a Hug and in 2008 starred as Fats Waller in a national tour revival of Ain’t Misbehavin, which spawned a Grammy-nominated soundtrack.

Studdard most recently appeared on the fifteenth season of The Biggest Loser.  “Ruben Sings Luther” (a tribute to Luther Vandross) the album was re-released on October 23rd, 2019 and includes a new tune. The album is available via all streaming and download platforms. “Ruben Sings Luther” – the North American concert tour is on its third national run. In November of 2019, Ruben returned back to Broadway stage with fellow American Idol finalist and best friend, Clay Aiken on their critically acclaimed, “Ruben and Clay’s First Annual Christmas Show”.

During American Idol, Ruben gained the nickname “Velvet Teddy Bear” and was noted for his shirts printed with “205”, the telephone area code of his hometown of Birmingham. Alabama Gov. Bob Riley declared March 11, 2003, as “Ruben Studdard Day.”

Ruben & Clay will be performing two shows on Saturday, Feb. 3 at Punta Gorda’s Charlotte Performing Arts Center.  All seats are reserved, and tickets are just $59.  Tickets are available online at www.goldentertainment.us .  To order tickets by phone, call 800-514-etix (3849).  The center offers plenty of free parking.

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