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Taylor Hicks | Phoenix, AZ | Musical Instrument Museum | December 10, 2017
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Taylor Reuben Hicks was born on October 7, 1976 in Birmingham, Alabama and is a singer who rose to fame after winning the fifth season of the television show, American Idol. Hicks got his start in music playing at local venues in his hometown. After graduating high-school, and before starting college, Hicks hit the road to play music. Over the next 10 years he recorded and released two albums independently. Upon winning American Idol, Hicks signed with Arista Records, and released his self-titled debut for a major label in 2006. Hicks' musical style is derived from classic rock, blues, and R&B, combined with his exposure on America Idol; Hicks' music has earned him a loyal and strong fan base. 2008 saw Hicks land a role in the Broadway show, “Grease” playing the part of 'Teen Angel.' For the next year, Hicks toured nationally with the show before returning to the studio to work on his second offering, “The Distance,” which arrived in 2009. In 2012, Hicks performed “Takin' it to the Streets” on the closing night of the Republican National Convention. Hicks' parents divorced when he was eight years old, and he spent his childhood moving between his mother's and his father's homes. Turning to music for comfort and solace, Hicks buried himself in the music of his parent's soul and R&B records. At the age of 16, he bought his first harmonica and taught himself to play blues harp. By the time Hicks turned 18 he was writing his own songs, of note was his first song, “In Your Time.” Next Hicks picked up the guitar. While in college, Hicks was part of the band, 'Passing Through,' before quitting to start his own band. 1997 marked the independent recording of his debut album, “In Your Time.” By 2000, Hicks was determined to make a go of his music career and he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where he began to work with Billy Earl McClelland and Percy Sledge on a three-track demo. After no success with a record deal Hicks left Nashville a year later and returned to Alabama. He began to perform locally once again at parties and special events. His second album, “Under the Radar” appeared in 2005. That same year, Hicks decided to audition for American Idol in Las Vegas. In 2006, Hicks was named the new American Idol. Currently he is working on new material

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Blue-eyed soul singer best known for winning the fifth season of AMERICAN IDOL in 2006. ~ Rovi

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From the start, Hicks’ material on the mega-hit show set him apart, with a unique take on Southern soul, R & B, country 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. Coinciding with the single’s release, a cover story named him People magazine’s “Hottest Bachelor of the Year.” His self-titled album (Arista), debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 and was quickly certified RIAA Platinum. In 2007, Hicks penned a brisk-selling autobiography “Heart Full of Soul” (Random House). 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.

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4725 E. Mayo Blvd.
Phoenix, AZ 85050 (US)

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