The singer, who suffered vocal chord damage from ear and sinus infections, was to kick off the run Sunday (Nov. 21) in Pasadena, Calif.

Clay Aiken has canceled the first three dates of his Joyful Noise holiday tour due to illness. The singer, who suffered vocal chord damage from ear and sinus infections, was to kick off the run Sunday (Nov. 21) in Pasadena, Calif. Also out are shows Monday in Phoenix and Tuesday in El Cajon, Calif. Aiken's management is working to reschedule the canceled shows.

The tour will now open Nov. 26 in Costa Mesa, Calif. Aiken is still expected to attend tonight's (Nov. 19) Los Angeles benefit dinner for his Bubel/Aiken Foundation but will not perform, as had been expected.

Aiken will be touring in support of his RCA holiday album, "Merry Christmas With Love," released earlier this week. The former "American Idol" contestant will be backed by a 30-piece orchestra, which in some cities will be augmented by a local symphony and/or choir.

Aiken delayed the start of the trek under doctors orders, after travel to promote inspirational memoir, "Learning To sing: Hearing the Music in Your Life," aggravated his condition. The book was published earlier this week by Random House.

Here are Aiken's tour dates:

Nov. 26: Costa Mesa, Calif. (Orange County Performing Arts Center)
Nov. 27: San Jose, Calif. (San Jose Center for the Performing Arts Center)
Nov. 29: Salt Lake City (Abravanel Hall)
Dec. 2: Sewell, N.J. (Commerce Bank Arts Center)
Dec. 3: Providence, R.I. (Providence Performing Arts Center)
Dec. 4: Baltimore (Meyerhoff Symphony Hall)
Dec. 8: Lowell, Mass. (Lowell Memorial Auditorium)
Dec. 9: New York (Theatre at Madison Square Garden)
Dec. 10: Wallingford, Conn. (Careerbuilder.Com Oakland Theatre)
Dec. 12-13: Raleigh, N.C. (Meymandi Concert Hall)
Dec. 15: Clearwater, Fla. (Ruth Eckerd Hall)
Dec. 16: Melbourne, Fla. (King Center for the Performing Arts)
Dec. 17-18: Atlanta (Symphony Hall - Woodruff Arts Center)
Dec. 20: Chicago (Chicago Theatre)
Dec. 21: Cleveland (Playhouse Square Center - Palace Theater)
Dec. 22: Pittsburgh (Heinz Hall)
Dec. 23: Detroit (Masonic Temple)