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Taylor Hicks

March 17th, 2015

Birth Name:
Taylor Reuben Hicks

Born:
Taylor Hicks

Genre:
Pop

Years Active:
'90s, '00s, '10s






Taylor Hicks

Biography

With his raspy, soulful voice and salt-and-pepper hair, Taylor Hicks was one of the unlikeliest contestants to make it to the final round of American Idol, but his quirky charm and rousing delivery of songs like “Takin' It to the Streets” won Hicks a devoted legion of fans called the Soul Patrol and the title of the fifth-season American Idol. Born in Birmingham, AL, and raised in Hoover, Hicks grew up listening to classic soul artists such as Otis Redding and Sam Cooke — which he said he could to relate to even as a child due to the divorce of his parents and other troubles — and singer/songwriters like Van Morrison, Bob Seger, and Billy Joel. His chief influence, however, was Ray Charles, whom he admired so much that he carried a little statue of Charles with him whenever he performed. Though Hicks had no formal musical training, he picked up singing, guitar, and harmonica on his own. He began performing for his family at an early age and won a talent contest at his high school (at which time his hair started turning gray). While studying business, communication, and marketing at Auburn University, Hicks formed the Passing Through band, and left school early to try his luck in Nashville. As a touring performer, he opened for artists ranging from James Brown to Drive-By Truckers and also performed at the Playboy Mansion. Hicks released two albums with his band: In Your Time, a live album, and Under the Radar. In 2005, he auditioned for American Idol; the Memphis tryouts were so crowded that Hicks couldn't get in, so he went to the Las Vegas auditions. Despite the doubts of judge Simon Cowell, Hicks' differences from the typical pop star look and sound worked for him rather than against him in the competition, and his performances of “Levon,” “Living for the City,” and “Dancing in the Dark” helped put him over the top. After winning American Idol, Hicks signed a record deal with Clive Davis and 19 Recordings Unlimited, and released the single Do I Make You Proud that summer. Hicks also performed with the American Idol tour and began work on his major-label debut album. His self-titled debut arrived in late 2006. Live at the Workplay Theatre, a concert album recorded in summer 2006, was released in 2007.

Top Albums


1. Tribute To T..

2. The Distance

3. Taylor Hicks

4. S.O.S. (&quo..

5. Seven Mile B..

6. What's Right..

7. Do I Make Yo..

8. Do I Make Yo..

Top Songs

Name Album Time Price
1.

Do I Make You Proud Do I Make You Proud / Takin.. 4:08 $0.99
2.

Do I Make You Proud Do I Make You Proud / Takin.. 4:08 $0.99
3.

Takin' It to the Streets 10th Anniversary – The Hits.. 3:35 $1.29
4.

S.O.S. ("Save My Body, Save My S.. S.O.S. ("Save My Body, .. 3:53 $0.99
5.

Seven Mile Breakdown (Chuck Ainlay C.. Seven Mile Breakdown (Chuck.. 3:18 $0.99
6.

Yes We Can Distance 4:56 $0.99
7.

Woman's Gotta Have It (feat. Ell.. Distance 3:38 $0.99
8.

Wedding Day Blues Distance 2:45 $0.99
9.

I Live On a Battlefield Distance 4:08 $0.99
10.

Keepin It Real Distance 3:46 $0.99
11.

Maybe You Should Distance 3:45 $0.99
12.

Seven Mile Breakdown Distance 4:18 $0.99
13.

Once Upon a Lover Distance 4:09 $0.99
14.

Nineteen Distance 3:10 $0.99
15.

New Found Freedom Distance 4:25 $0.99
16.

What’s Right Is Right Distance 3:48 $0.99
17.

Distance Distance 4:05 $0.99
18.

Takin' It to the Streets American Idol – Season 5 En.. 3:37 $1.29
19.

Takin' It to the Streets Do I Make You Proud / Takin.. 3:37 $1.29
20.

What's Right Is Right What's Right Is Right -.. 3:47 $0.99
21.

Takin' It to the Streets Do I Make You Proud / Takin.. 3:37 $1.29
22.

Right Place Taylor Hicks 3:15 $0.99
23.

Deal Taylor Hicks 3:16 $0.99
24.

Soul Thing Taylor Hicks 3:19 $0.99
25.

Places I've Been Taylor Hicks 3:29 $0.99

Top Music Videos


1. What's Right I..

2. Seven Mile Bre..


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