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Taylor Hicks

Taylor Hicks performs for troops aboard the USS Ronald Reagan, docked at Coronado, California on December 19, 2006
Background information
Birth name Taylor Reuben Hicks
Born October 7, 1976 (1976-10-07) (age 30)
Origin Birmingham, Alabama
Genre(s) Blue-eyed soul, blues, blues rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, musician, record producer
Instrument(s) Vocals, guitar, harmonica, organ
Years active 1997–present
Label(s) Arista Records (2006-present), Independent (1997-2005)
Associated
acts Little Memphis Blues Orchestra
Website www.taylorhicks.com
Taylor Reuben Hicks (born October 7, 1976) is an American singer-songwriter and musician. Hicks got his start as a professional musician in his late teens and performed around the Southeastern United States for well over the span of a decade, during which he also released two independent albums. He rose to prominence in the year 2006 as the winner of the fifth season of American Idol. Upon winning the music competition, he was signed to Arista Records, under which his self-titled major label debut was released on December 12, 2006. His energetic stage performances and influences derived from classic soul, blues, and R&B music have earned him a following of devout fans, who are dubbed as the "Soul Patrol".

Contents [hide]
1 Early life
1.1 2006-2007: Taylor Hicks
2 Soul Patrol
3 Popular culture
4 Discography
4.1 Albums
4.2 Singles
5 See also
6 References and notes
7 External links

[edit] Early life

Taylor Hicks as a childTaylor Hicks was born at Saint Vincent's Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama, on October 7, 1976, to Bradley Hicks and Pamela Dickinson Hicks. As an infant, he had blond hair. His hair color turned dark brown/black as an adolescent and started turning gray by the time he was 13. He and his family moved to suburban Hoover when he was eight years old. His parents divorced when he was eight, and his father Brad, a dentist, and stepmother Linda shared custody until he became of age. Hicks attributed his difficult childhood as the reason for him to find solace in soul and blues music.[1] He has a younger half-brother, Sean, who would later convince him to audition for American Idol.[2]

When Hicks was five years old, he would sing to random strangers the music of Kenny Rogers or Michael Jackson.[3] He bought his first harmonica when he was 16, for $2 at a flea market in Bessemer, Alabama,[1] and taught himself to play blues harp. He discovered that he possessed absolute pitch when he was able to recognize the pitches of ordinary noises and mimic them on the harmonica.[4] Hicks was 18 when he wrote his first song, "In Your Time", and he taught himself to play guitar when he was 19.[5]

Hicks was a former student of Berry High School and graduated from its successor Hoover High School in 1995. He played varsity baseball, soccer, and basketball while studying in Hoover. He then majored in business and journalism at Auburn University, but lost interest and dropped out after three years.[6] will be ghostwritten by Rolling Stone writer David Wild. In the same month, Hicks' lawyers sued a producer with whom he worked in Nashville, for redistributing songs, which were copyrighted in 1997, without permission. The charges were dropped when the masters were handed over to Hicks.[7]

[edit] 2006-2007: Taylor Hicks
Studio recording sessions for the eponymous major label debut Taylor Hicks ran in Calabasas, California between October and November 2006, and took six weeks in total.[8] The album was released on December 12, 2006 and debuted at the number two spot on the Billboard 200 charts.[9] It was certified as a platinum album by the RIAA on January 17, 2007.[10] Hicks embarked on a three-month US promotional tour for his album that started on February 21 in Jacksonville, Florida, and ended in Seattle, Washington on May 12.[11]

[edit] Soul Patrol
Hicks's fanbase has been dubbed the "Soul Patrol". The phrase started among his Internet fan base after the episode of Hicks's Idol auditions aired, but it is difficult to trace its exact origin. Hicks frequently mentioned the Soul Patrol after performances on Idol, which was best shown after winning the competition—Ryan Seacrest asked if he had any parting words and Hicks yelled, "Soul Patrol!".[12]

During a promotional event for Idol in Alabama, Hicks "inducted" Governor Bob Riley and his wife into the Soul Patrol.[13] An article in the New York Times characterized the Soul Patrol as a zealous fanatical group that nitpicked Hicks's appearance, actions, and habits on online message boards and blogs to the point that the fixation "can be suffocating". His response, included in the same article, was, "I would rather have them overly invested than not invested at all. I’m very receptive to any input they have."[14]

[edit] Popular culture
Hicks became the subject of two Weekend Update skits on NBC's Saturday Night Live on April 15 and May 20, 2006, portrayed by cast member Jason Sudeikis. In a reference to Hicks's quirkiness and disposition, Sudeikis mocked playing Hicks's trademark harmonica and repeatedly shouted out "Soul Patrol!"[15] Hicks, when interviewed by Ryan Seacrest on the subsequent episode of American Idol on April 18, 2006, as to whether or not he saw the imitation, admitted that he had and that the impression made him "fall out on the floor" with laughter.[16]

"Weird Al" Yankovic parodied Hicks on his 2006 album, Straight Outta Lynwood, on a track called "Do I Creep You Out", which is set against the melody of "Do I Make You Proud". In the music video of the song, an animated Hicks, played by Yankovic, is portrayed as the stalker. The video can be seen on JibJab.[17] Hicks is also known to perform Yankovic's version during soundchecks.

Talk show host Jay Leno frequently refers to Hicks as "his son" due to their striking gray-haired resemblance. Seacrest has also mentioned on American Idol that Hicks resembles Leno, Phil Donahue and George Clooney.[16] Stephen Colbert, host of The Colbert Report, had also promised to give political pundit Bill O'Reilly a copy of "Do I Make You Proud" upon O'Reilly's appearance on the show on January 18, 2007.[18]

On the television sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine, in the episode entitled "The Real Thing", Christine, played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, mentions that she has an imaginary relationship with Taylor Hicks.[19]

Hicks performed on the American Idol Season 6 finale at the Kodak Theatre on May 23, 2007.

[edit] Discography
For more details on this topic, see Taylor Hicks discography.

[edit] Albums
In Your Time (1997)
Under the Radar (2005)
Taylor Hicks (2006)

[edit] Singles
"Do I Make You Proud" (2006)
"Just to Feel That Way" (2007)
"Heaven Knows" (2007)

[edit] See also
List of number-one hits (United States)
List of artists who reached number one on the Hot 100 (U.S.)
List of Hot 100 (U.S.) chart achievements and trivia

[edit] References and notes
^ a b Taylor Hicks Bio. Gray Charles: The Official Taylor Hicks Weblog. Retrieved on 2006-11-23.
^ Gowers, Bruce et al. (directors). American Idol [TV-Series]. United States: Fremantle Media.
^ Hunter, Desiree. "'Idol' Standout Hicks Likes Music With Soul", AP, 2006-05-10. Retrieved on 2006-05-25.
^ Graff, Gary. "Unlikely ‘idol’ content with his prospects", New York Times Syndicate, 2006-08-11. Retrieved on 2006-08-12.
^ Brantley, Mike. "Alabama Idol", Mobile, Alabama Press Register, 2006-02-21. Retrieved on 2006-05-26.
^ Finebaum, Paul. "Local American Idol contestant still keeping up with his passion for statewide sports", Alexander City Outlook, 2006-04-10. Retrieved on 2006-05-25.
^ Harris, Chris. "Taylor Hicks Files Suit To Halt Digital Release Of Early Recordings", Country Music Television, 2006-08-26. Retrieved on 2006-11-01.
^ Paul and Young Ron. Interview on the Paul and Young Ron Show Podcast accessed on 2006-2006-11-22.
^ Cohen, Jonathan. "Taylor Hicks Unveils 2007 Tour Plans", Billboard, 2006-12-27. Retrieved on 2006-12-28.
^ Arista Records (2007-01-17). American Idol Champ Taylor Hicks' Self Titled Debut Album is Certified Platinum by the RIAA. Press release. Retrieved on 2007-01-18.
^ Kilgore, Kim. "Taylor Hicks Rolls out Album, Tour Dates", Live Daily, 2006-12-12. Retrieved on 2006-12-22.
^ Gowers, Bruce et al. (directors). American Idol [TV-Series]. United States: Fremantle Media.
^ Brantley, Mike. "'American Idol' star Taylor Hicks dazzles fans on visit home, adds Gov. Riley to Soul Patrol", Mobile, Alabama Press Register, 2006-05-13. Retrieved on 2006-05-25.
^ Newsome, Melba. "Overnight Star?". He is also currently in a relationship with Mariah Figueiredo.
^ Impressions by Jason Sudeikis. SNL Archives. Retrieved on 2006-12-22.
^ a b Gowers, Bruce et al. (directors). American Idol [TV-Series]. United States: Fremantle Media.
^ JibJab (2006-11-16). Video Parody of American Idol Winner. Press release. Retrieved on 2006-12-22.
^ Colbert Gifts "Do I Make You Proud". Gray Charles. Retrieved on 2007-04-14.
^ Lizer, Kari (creator). The New Adventures of Old Christine [TV-Series]. United States: Warner Bros. Television.

[edit] External links
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Taylor Hicks at GoFish
Taylor Hicks on American Idol at American Idol Watch
Taylor Hicks on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno

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