In 2009 we posted an article called “Taylor Hicks trying his hand at country music”. Apparently, that didn’t work out very well. Then in 2012, we posted another article, titled “Taylor Hicks will try his hand at country music—again”. And now, today, in 2015, we have an article about Taylor with no mention of country music in the headline. However, the press release does tell us that he is back and that his new music will have a “unique take on Country, Southern Soul, R&B and Blues”.
Don’t get me wrong. We like Taylor Hicks. We watched American Idol the year he won. And, we’ve been following his career to this point. But, I still have a problem considering Taylor Hicks a country singer. I’m anxious for the new music. From what I remember about Taylor Hicks, I have a feeling there will be a lot more Southern Soul and Blues in there than there will be Country. But, I’ll certainly listen with an open mind. I know I loved his version of “Please Come Home For Christmas”.
Below is the press release we received about Taylor.
Taylor Hicks is on-deck to perform the National Anthem next week at the Major League Baseball Division Series Playoff Game Five at Kansas City Royals, which will be televised on Fox Sports 1 (FS1). He is also on the ice to perform this week at the Nashville Predators’ home opener, Thursday October 8th.
Taylor is in the studio now putting the finishing touches on a new album slated for release in 2016, with an ambitious schedule to follow.
Webster Public Relations is honored to announce the addition of the music powerhouse to the firm’s long roster of legendary clients. “Taylor Hicks is a great artist,” says Webster PR President Kirt Webster. “We are excited to begin working with him to help continue to build his brand awareness.”
Taylor Hicks is one of the most beloved and popular American Idol winners of all time. From the start, Hicks’ material on the mega-hit show set him apart, with a unique take on Country, Southern Soul, R&B and Blues. Sixty-four million votes were cast and nearly 37 million American viewers and more than 200 million viewers worldwide tuned in to crown Hicks the Season 5 winner of American Idol, making it one of the most-watched TV events of the last decade.
Hicks’ star continued to rise after he stepped off the Idol stage. Less than three weeks after his Idol victory, his debut single, “Do I Make You Proud,” entered at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100, Pop 100, and Single Sales Charts. His self-titled album (Arista), debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 and was quickly certified RIAA Platinum. Hicks is the first male Idol winner to be featured on a Grammy Award-winning album, Jimmy Fallon’s “Blow Your Pants Off,” which took home the 2013 Grammy for Best Comedy Album.
Hicks’ career has included stints on Broadway, a national tour with a hit musical, as well as headlining Paris, Las Vegas and other Caesars Entertainment properties all over the United States. He has performed with an amazing variety of artists such as Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg, Gladys Knight, Earth Wind and Fire, and The Allman Brothers.
Taylor celebrates his birthday today which he shares with music industry vet Simon Cowell, and fellow musicians John Mellencamp, Yo-Yo Ma, and Michael W. Smith. Taylor is quick to point out that he will be 14,244 days old.
In addition to his web site, check out his Facebook page, and remember to ‘Like” it while you are there. You can also follow him on Twitter @TaylorHicks. If you aren’t already following Country’s Chatter on Twitter, we’d love to have you. You will find us @countryschatter.
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