Clay has released seven studio albums since leaving IDOL and with the release of A Thousand Different Ways in 2006 and On My Way Here in 2008, Clay became only the eighth artist in Billboard history to have their first four albums debut in the top 5. 2010's Tried and True made him the first IDOL contestant to have five albums reach the top 10 for first week sales.
Clay became a UNICEF Ambassador in 2004 and has traveled the world ensuring that children in countries ravaged by natural disaster, war or political unrest still have a chance at an education. His trips have taken him to Indonesia, Mexico, Uganda, and Afghanistan and even into the anarchy of Somalia. His work in the United States hits closer to home. Clay started the National Inclusion Project (formerly the Bubel/Aiken Foundation) a nationally recognized project to bridge the gap that exists between young people with disabilities and the world around them.