(CNN) -- Singer Clay Aiken of "American Idol" fame kicked off his bid for Congress with a video that went up on his website early Wednesday.
Aiken is running as a Democrat in North Carolina's second congressional district. He hopes to take on Rep. Renee Ellmers, a two term Republican, if he defeats a couple of other Democrats already in the race.
In his video, Aiken tells his life story, including growing up in a home torn apart by domestic violence.
He shot to fame in 2003 as the season 2 runner-up on "American Idol." He's released six albums since then, topping Billboard's Top 200 in 2004 with his debut, "Measure of a Man."
He made it to Broadway in 2008, playing the role of Sir Richard in "Spamalot."