Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!!

I just wanted to wish all my visitors a safe, happy, fun and healthy New Year. I enjoy writing about all Taylor Hicks happenings on this blog. When I started this blog October 16th 2006, I wasn’t sure how far it would go or how long I would keep posting to it but now it is nearly 3 years later (boy it doesn’t seem that long) and I am still following Taylor Hicks news and music and enjoying every minute of it. Thank you all for the visits and comments to my blog. Some of you are friends who I really am so happy to have gotten to know. Through the music of Taylor Hicks we have not only discovered a man with an awesome voice and personality to match, we have become a fan base filled with people who have made friendships that have uplifted us and enriched our lives.

When something good happens for Taylor, you can feel the excitement the fan base feels as a whole. When we are awaiting new music or videos, such as the upcoming CD the anxiousness and excitement we all feel comes through. We all have a common bond and it brings us closer.

I can not wait to see what the future of 2009 holds for Taylor and to experience all the joy and excitement that will abound in the Soul Patrol.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Taylor Hicks 2008 The Year in Review

2008 brought some great Taylor Hicks new for fans. Taylor kept busy taking his career in new and bigger levels. I am sure I have missed some happenings so please leave comments of anything you know I have missed and I will get it added to the list.

January 2008 In the first couple weeks of January 2008 Taylor parted ways with Arista records.
Now at the start of 2009 with Taylor having his own label, Modern Whomp Records and partnering with Arttist2Market, Taylor Hicks has total control of his new album due out in March and he can create the kind of album that he wants. I am sure 2009 is going to be a great year for Taylor.

February 8 2008 Regis and Kelly aired Wedding Week 08. Kacy Hardenbrook and Jordan Edsall of Garrett Indiana were the lucky wedding couple who chose to have Taylor Hicks sing at their wedding. Taylor sang The Right Place and it was one of his best performances.

February 15 2008 Taylor performed on ESPN for the McDonalds NBA All-Star Celebrity Game.

February 22 2008 Taylor received award from Alabama Music Hall of Fame

April 27, 2008 Taylor sang the National Anthem at Talladega Super speedway in Talladega, AL. It was aired on the fox network.

May 10th 2008 Taylor’s performed at Ona’s Music Room with Spoonful James

May 13th 2008 Taylor performed at The Hannah Home Charity Event, Boots, Blues and BBQ in Alabama

May 15th 2008 Mary Colurso at Birmingham News. Alerted us to the fact that Taylor Hicks was going to be in the Broadway production of “Grease” in the Teen Angel scene that was made famous by Frankie Avalon singing Beauty School Dropout

May 16th 2008 Taylor was on the Today show to announce his upcoming role in Grease.

May 17th 2008 Taylor on cruise ship in Italy for a week. Performing and motivational speaker.

June 6th 2008 Taylor started the role on Broadway as Teen Angel in Grease.

Remember when the news first released? Emotions were everywhere. Some loved the idea, others hated it, still others thought Taylor was selling out and others thought he was going to ruin is career. Now look at all the success Taylor is having as Teen Angel.

June 13th 2008 Taylor performed Beauty School Dropout on Regis and Kelly

June 14, 2008 Pocket Full of Soul Documentary about the Harmonica, starring Clint Black, James Cotton, Magic Dick (from the J. Geils Band), Taylor Hicks (from American Idol) and John Popper (from Blues Traveler among others and narrated by Heuy Lewis, was screened at the Maui Film Festival. The film was screened as a "work in progress" and was not in competition, so it wasn’t the premiere.

June 27th 2008 The New York Post reported that Taylor Hicks was worth $150,000 a week in sales for the Grease box office.

July 4th 2008 Taylor performed on The Capital Fourth special aired on PBS. Also on the show was Hewy Lewis who also can play a mean harp.

August 12th 2008 Taylor released his CD Early Works. It was a Target Exclusive.

September 14th 2008 Taylor left the Broadway Production of Grease in New York.

September 15th 2008 It was announced that Taylor Hicks would star as teen Angel in a National Tour of Grease starting December 2nd 2008.

October 1 2008 Taylor was updated and improved. There you find videos, music and info related to Taylor Hicks. Fans signed up over at the Soul Lounge to join fellow fans of Taylor Hicks to chat about any Taylor news and happenings.

October 7th 2008

1 Taylor Hicks turned 32.

2 Taylor partnered with Artist2 Market to release his Indie, sophomore album. The release date was Feb 17 2009 but that dates changes.

3) In the studio with producer Simon Climie (Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Faith Hill)

October 9th 2008 Taylor announced he would be cross-promoting his record within the `Grease' tour. He announced he would be singing a song from his album during the show.

Oct 28th 2008 Taylor left audio blog from France where he was doing pre-production for CD with Simon Climie

November 8th 2008 Whomp at the Warfield can be pre-ordered at Release date of Feb 10th.

November 24th 2008 Early works can be purchased from outlets online such as Amazon.

December 12th 2008 Taylor said in a interview he wrote with people such as Gary Nicholson in Nashville and a couple friends of his, Wynne Christian and Alan Little.

December 2nd 2008 Today was the beginning of the National Tour of Grease at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, RI

December 3rd 2008 Fox 13 in Tampa aired a brief interview with Taylor. In the video Taylor sang a line from one his new songs.

December 4th 2008 A interview with Taylor on 92 PRO-FM radio in Providence R.I In the interview Taylor says his album title is The Distance.

December 10th 2008 Taylor speaks with Tim’s Travels and tells of some of the names he is working with on his album. Simon Climie (Eric Clapton, B.B King) as his producer. Nathan East who is Eric Clapton’s bass player plays on the album along with, ,Abe Laborial Jr who played with McCartney and Doyle Brammel

December 28th 2008

1 My Rocket Science’s news scroll bar says Taylor Hicks new album The Distance 3/10/09

2 My Rocket Science has news that Taylor’s new music video will be their early January

December 30th 2008 Broadway TV posted a piece about Taylor in Grease. Had 3 amazing things to say

1 Hicks saved GREASE from closing on Broadway during the summer of 2008.

2 Cast-mates when asked what it was like working with him, the answer was time and time again, “Taylor is great to work with!”

3 Following Taylor Hicks while he has been involved with Broadway in 2008, we can say he was a great addition and titled him “Rookie of the Year.” We look forward to seeing if Hicks will contribute to Broadway in 2009.

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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Indie Music

I have become very interested over the past couple years in learning more about Indie Music. The interest started when I discovered Taylor Hicks and realized that if it was not for American Idol I would have never heard his soulful voice and I would have never become some interested in music as I am now. I would have missed out on discovering other great musicians also. That brings me to another great Indie artist I discovered and interviewed around a year ago, Judd Starr I now consider Judd a friend and with following the careers of Judd and Taylor I am always reading about the Indie scene. A little while ago I read a article that I like very much.

It talks about the History of Indie music and a couple excepts I like a lot from the piece are these.

1) the Internet has provided a way to get the music out to fans that has never before been attempted. The result is accessible, quality music in almost every conceivable drama.

2) Two definitions of Indie music are
A) Established in the ’90s; an indie act is any one that is not signed on with the big three labels.

B) Another way to define the indie scene is in comparison to the acts signed by big labels, and played on the radio.

They go on to say that any recent listen to a local station should alarm music fans everywhere: the same artists or style of music is played over and over again, on every single radio station. Big labels laud themselves for being a mix, but the truth is there is a lot of R&B, even more pop, and a few dozen acts considered "rock" thrown in to appease those who do not know better. Fans who do not like the feeling of wanting to stick augers in their ears have turned en masse to the potential of the internet.

And the excerpt I like most is “ Perhaps now more than ever before, music has the opportunity to truly be judged (for the first time by both sides) by the quality instead of by the amount of sales.” I find this especially true for Judd Starr and Taylor Hicks and I am sure many, many more that I have yet to discover. But with Taylor and Judd I feel the quality of the music they make and the connection they have to their fans says it all. Read the rest of the article here.

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Awesome Taylor Hicks Tidbits

Just a couple bits of cool info those who don’t follow the boards might be interested to hear about. First the website My Rocket Science has some info scrolling on their news scroll bar. It says for one Taylor Hicks new album The Distance 3/10/09

But another ‘Amazing” great bit of news is it says “Taylor Hicks video here in early January”. I have a feeling My Rocket Science will be getting a huge amount of page views this winter along with the site Artist2Market . Finally what we have all waiting so patiently for a new song by Taylor Hicks and a “MUSIC VIDEO”. 2009 is shaping up to be a great year.

Another bit of news. It appears American Idol may be going to give some face time to the Soul man. The new commercial airing on Fox now showcases a little of all the Idols including OUR man Taylor. It shows the clip when Simon asks Taylor why was there and he answers “ Because I want my voice heard’ Simons reply why? “Because I think I got one” It is about time and I hope this isn’t a fluke and more promotion of Taylor shows on AI during the Season.

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Saturday, December 27, 2008

The Story of The Right Place

So I thought I had read everything that had been written concerning Taylor Hicks’ debut album “Taylor Hicks”. I had however missed something. I just stumbled on it today. Jim Vallance co-wrote the song The Right Place with Bryan Adams over 20 years ago. Yes I had already heard that part. I however heard it was written for Ray Charles but he had died before it was recorded and then it was given to Taylor Hicks. That isn’t the whole story.

Here is the rest. “In March 1989 Bryan Adams and I wrote a song for Joe Cocker, called "The Right Place". Joe asked us for "something that sounds like Ray Charles" ... and that's exactly what we wrote. But Joe decided "The Right Place" was the "wrong song", and he didn't record it.

So we sent the song to Ray Charles himself, but Ray didn't record it either (I was never able to confirm if Joe and Ray actually heard the song, or if it was rejected by their "handlers" before it reached their ears).

After that, we gave up, and "The Right Place" collected dust on my shelf for nearly 20 years.

A year later, in September 2006, when I heard that Taylor was recording an album, I remembered what Randy had said, and it made me think of "The Right Place". I knew the song wasn't a "hit" in the traditional sense, but I thought it might be a perfect vehicle for Taylor to channel his "inner Joe and Ray".

I contacted my publisher, Ron Moss. Ron agreed the song was an appropriate "pitch", and he sent it to Pete Ganbarg, the independent "A&R man" who was assembling material for the Taylor Hicks project.

At first, Pete and producer Matt Serletic didn't think "The Right Place" was exactly right for Taylor. They liked the song, but they wanted us to "re-harmonize" the B-section.

With that comment in mind, Bryan and I traded a few emails. But we were at a loss. We really wanted to "deliver" for Pete and Matt, but we didn't know where to go with it, what changes to make. It looked like the song might spend another 20 years on the shelf.

But then something unexpected happened. During the next week or two the song started to "grow" on Pete and Matt, and presumably on Taylor and Arista chief Clive Davis. They decided to record the song after all, without the requested "re-harmonization".

I was thrilled!

Bryan sang beautifully on our "home demo", but I was equally impressed with Taylor's performance. I was also very happy with Matt Serletic's production and arrangement, especially the use of bass, drums, guitar and gospel backing vocals (our original demo was very sparse ... just me on keyboards and Bryan's vocal).

On July 17, 2007 Taylor performed "The Right Place" on the popular morning television show, "The View". It was "back to basics", with Taylor on vocals and harmonica and Loren Gold on piano, similar to the way the song had originally been written and demo'd.

It was apparent that Taylor had developed an affinity for the song in the ten months since he'd recorded it. On "The View", his vocal performance digs even deeper than it did on the recorded studio version, and Loren provides solid support on the piano.”

And then this part of Jim’s comment really pleases me.

“For anyone who ever doubted the legitimacy of his American Idol success, this performance proves, beyond a doubt, that Taylor Hicks is the "real deal".

To read the rest of what Jim Vallance had to say about Taylor Hicks, American Idol, Simon Cowel and more go to his site

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Top 10 New Years Resolutions for Taylor Hicks

Top 10 2009 New Years Resolutions for Taylor Hicks
In this article you will find my suggestions of Top 10 2009 resolutions for Taylor Hicks.
View more »

Leave your own suggestions or comments there or come back here and leave a message. 2009 is sure to be Taylor Hicks year. All the great Grease press is awesome and it is sure to leep coming and continue with the release of Taylor's CD The Distance.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Taylor Hicks in With Great Musicians

A new Taylor Hicks interview on December 10th with Tim of Tim’s Travels is one of the best so far in my opinion. That opinion is based on the commentary by Tim and the rest on the show. Taylor Hicks has had a time with press the last couple years. That started changing when Taylor took the role as Teen Angel in the Broadway play Grease and now that he is playing the part in The National Tour of Grease that great press is continuing. It is also spreading over in to the hype about Taylor’s upcoming Sophomore CD “The Distance”.

Taylor Hicks is now on is own with his own record company Modern Whomp Records and the Distribution deal with Artist2Market. Taylor has landed some major names to help with this CD. Simon Climie (Eric Clapton, B.B King) as his producer. Nathan East who is Eric Clapton’s bass player plays on the album along with, ,Abe Laborial Jr who played with McCartney and Doyle Brammel. Like Tim says these guys have enough money that they do not have to play with Taylor Hicks if they don’t want to. They don’t need Taylor. I think it says a lot for what Climie and these musicians think about Taylor Hicks and his upcoming album. I think they have a lot of faith in him and the music. All of this just makes me even more anxious to get my hands on this CD as soon as it becomes available,

Video is below.

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Friday, December 12, 2008

1 Month on, Has American Idol Learned Anything?

I have been thinking a lot about the woman who committed suicide in front of Paula Abdul’s house. Then Abdul was on Barbara Walters and talked about how she told American Idol she was being stalked by Goodspeed and to please not let her on the show. They let her on anyway for the entertainment value.

As fans of Taylor Hicks we have often noticed the way American Idol has belittled Taylor Hicks and even the fans, by saying America got it wrong. It seems the contestants are not the only ones that American Idol does not care about. Even their own judges do not rate the respect they should. If AI feels it will make good TV no one is above being hurt or embarrassed in the name of so-called “entertainment“.

I am starting to write for another site besides just Associated Content. At this site I covered the Abdul/Goodspeed/Idol triangle.

One Month on, Has American Idol Learned Anything?

by Cindy Wright Reeves, Entertainment Correspondent

It has been one month since Paula Goodspeed committed suicide near American Idol Judge, Paula Abdul's home. Today we ask, has American Idol gone to far just to make 'good TV'?. Because the audition phase of American Idol seems to be more based on making fun of people who feel they have talent, rather than finding great talent itself.

The entertainment factor is what keeps AI showing these horrible auditions and making fun of the contestants. We all know that sometimes making fun of a person can cause that person a huge amount of mental torment, but another big issue with American Idol and it’s decisions on what to air, and who to allow in to audition, that is currently in the news, concerns Paula Abdul and fan/stalker Paula Goodspeed. In February of 2006 Paula Goodspeed auditioned for American Idol. Simon Cowell, as always, was snide because Goodspeed had braces on her teeth, and Simon of course had to say to her that she had so much metal in her mouth, making fun of her. At first, when she walked in, Cowell was commenting about how much she resembled Abdul, which was not true, and Goodspeed told the producers, and the judges, that she was a huge fan of Paula’s, and that she had been drawing Abdul since she was a child.

To read the rest of this piece please go here. Be sure to check out useful links at the bottom of the article to hear Paula on Barbara Walters.

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Monday, December 08, 2008

Six Random Things about meme.

I received a Google alert about Taylor Hicks from Kallen at Kitchen Window Birder: Six Random Things about meme.. Taylor was mentioned in her 6 Random Things About Me blog. It seems this is a craze that has hit the blog-o-sphere. It seems a fun thing to participate in so here goes.

1) I have 3 kids that mean the world to me. My oldest is from my first marriage. His father and I divorced when he was 3. But his step Father has always treated him and loved him as his own. My son tells everyone that his step Dad is his Real Dad.

2) I am very shy. You might not know that by chatting to me online but when you meet me in person it is very easy to tell.

3) I hate my hair lol. Well I do, it is naturally curly and I have to fight with it like crazy. My husband always teases me says he knows if it is raining or going to rain because when I get up in the morning my hair has lost a couple inches from the curls tightening up.

4) I have notebooks scattered all through my house with notes about things I want to write about, beginnings to that #1 novel that have never been finished and poems or bits of poems that come to mind all of the seldom to soon be forgotten.

5) Elvis Presley was my first IDOL. He died when I was 10 years old and as a teen in the 80’s it wasn’t the in thing to love Elvis but that didn’t stop me. I gushed about how gorgeous he was and how talented. I still feel that way.

6) Another IDOL as taken center stage over Elvis. He hasn’t taken his place just put him on the back burner for the moment. That person as all of you who read here already know is Taylor Hicks. I saw him when he first auditioned for American Idol and started rooting for him from that moment on. I am way more involved in the Taylor Hicks craze than I was in Elvis. I thought I was nuts over Elvis, my family thought I was obsessed, however now I see as do they how much more involved I have become in Taylor. I never joined Elvis fan boards, fan sites or ran a blog about Elvis. Of course I never attended a Elvis concert. I would have if I could have though. But for now since 2006 Taylor Hicks has become my musical obsession so to speak. I can’t wait for the new album of Taylor Hicks’ to come out Feb 10th the album is called The Distance.

On to the next stage. As required, here are the rules. (copied and pasted in its entirety from the Kallen’s site), including this blurb.

The rules for Six Random Facts are pretty straightforward:

1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Write six random things about yourself.
4. Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them.
5. Let each person know they've been tagged and leave a comment on their blog.
6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up.

As you can see, just like Kallen, I am not tagging anyone. I am leaving it open to those who want to join in on the fun. If you want to participate please do so. I have been reading others meme's and it's a lot of fun to find out things about them that you didn't know before.

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Thursday, December 04, 2008

The Distance - Taylor Hicks Album Title

A new chat/interview with Taylor Hicks from 92 PRO-FM radio in Providence R.I was found today. In the video Taylor drops some news about his new CD. The albums title is “The Distance”. Taylor also states that the album has some country, blues and gospel.

I am so ready for this album to come out. February seems so far away. But with all the great Grease press, interviews and album hints it is proving to be an exciting time to wait for the CD to drop.

I looked up the definition for the word “distance” while there were several given there is one I like best when relating it to Taylor’s CD.

(Distance Definition)
The extent of time between two events; an intervening period.

The extent of time could be related to a few things, 10 years pre-idol, the 2 1/2 years since Idol, or simply what Taylor has been saying for a long time. He is in this for the long haul. He doesn’t see it as a sprint but as a marathon.

I know Taylor Hicks will be around for “The Distance”. Taylor’s fans are behind him all the way and we will support him in all he does. Each move he makes will be a move that will take him further down the road. He has wanted to share his voice for so long and Taylor, his voice, his talent in all he goes after, and the fan support will keep propelling him down the music highway for a long time to come.

On Taylor’s MySpace page a few new pictures have been added. One is a picture of a song title and some lyrics. The lyrics are very intriguing and I can not wait to hear the song.

Below is the video of Taylor saying the title of his new CD and much more.


Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Taylor Hicks- Line From New Song - Listen to Audio

Fox 13 in Tampa aired a brief interview with Taylor Hicks. One amazing thing about the airing is we get to hear a brief line from one of Taylor's new songs. SouthernHick from the Boogie Board was able to capture it. It can be viewed here

I captured the one line from the video and the audio is on the side bar.

Edit : Ok I can't figure out to embed so go here to listen

Also created a youtube video of it

Twas the night of the Grease Tour Debut,

Something I did just for fun. Names chosen are simply names of people who have posted here.

Twas the night of the Grease Tour Debut, when all through the online world
Everyone was waiting patiently for news that would soon unfurl
Knowing others would soon be giving updates to share,
It’s starting again, the Soul Patrol traveling affair.
The fans were refreshing anxiously, the new threads,
While visions of horns and drums danced in their heads;
And Taylor with his harp, and fans waiting for a recap,
I had just settled down to wait for those caps,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the luster of mid-day to objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a shiny head of gray, music so great, I could hear,
With a harp playing, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be Tay Hicks.
More rapid than eagles his fans they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;
"Now, Jersey! now, Annie! now, Cochem and all Vixens!
Come, Angels! Come Henry! Come, Chill and PoetCindy!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dance away! dance away! dance away all!"
So in to the house the fans they flew,
With the house full of musical toys, and Taylor Hicks too.
And then, in a minute, I heard the proof
That this was all real, it wasn’t a dream, it wasn’t a spoof.
As I caught my breath, and was turning around,
Right up to us danced Taylor Hicks, he came with a bound.
He was dressed all in black and gray, from his head to his foot,
The space between us was less than a cubic foot;
A bundle of signed items he had flung on his back,
And they were signed to us all, the items in his pack.
His eyes -- how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his mood was all happy and airy!
His sexy little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the hair on his head was as white as the snow;
And I sighed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know, I had to start a new thread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And he sang and played the harp; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his head to the side, he smiled and for a second froze
And giving a woo, we are always satisfied, he knows.
He sprang to his car, to his band gave a whistle,
And away they all drove like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, as he drove out of sight,
"Soul Patrol to all, and to all a good night."

Taylor Hicks and Grease Reports From Opening Night

Last Night was the debut of the National tour of the Broadway hit Grease, starring Taylor Hicks as Teen Angel. Many were gathered at the Boogie Board waiting for play by play recaps. Excitement was in the air as we all sat at our pc’s waiting for news of the happenings of the night. Taylor and those in attendance had a outstanding opening night by all reports given.

Reports of the nights show include

The Providence Performing Arts theater in Providence, RI

Taylor will "probably" be using the "Grease" band for his shadow tour around the country.

The show seems better than New York. More Energetic, More fun! Huge applause after every single number.

Brian Gallagher (SAX) did some "work" with Taylor on his new CD.

Taylor will MORE THAN LIKELY be doing Buddy Guys in Chicago in January

John McDaniel Music director from the Rosie show was in attendance

Taylor got a FANTASTIC Response. The Ice Cream Cone is beautiful.

Frenchy & Taylor get along well in the show.

When Frenchy rubs his chest, instead of saying "I love you" she said "I voted for you."

Taylor looked HAPPY, TAN, RELAXED, & THIN!

He was wearing jeans, a beautiful sweater, & boots.

He is so happy about his new music. Complete control over the music, which is what he has wanted all along!

There was Harp during the Encore!

Encore - Grease is the word - his harp playing was much longer and they circled him - highlighted that. They also did Greased Lightnin' Encore.

The place was packed - and Taylor was without question - the STAR. He got the most applause.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

National Tour Of Grease Starts Now - Starring Taylor Hicks

I posted a piece about Taylor and encouraging people to go see him in Grease on my Live Mic Blog. I wanted to share it here also.

If you have not seen Taylor Hicks live and in person than you have not seen the real Taylor Hicks. Taylor loves performing in front of the audience he feeds off the energy supplied by the audience and they thrive off of him. It is win-win.

Taylor is not doing a concert tour at the moment however the national tour of the fifties-themed musical Grease, which Taylor Hicks starred in as “Teen Angel” this past summer in the Broadway production at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, launches today at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, RI.

I have yet to see Taylor in the Teen Angel role, however those who saw Grease this past summer give Taylor as Teen Angel and the entire show a complete thumbs up. Taylor Hicks has took the role of Teen Angel and made it his own. The tour will stop near me Dec.16th- the 21st and I can’t wait to see it. Below are a few videos to get you in the mood and the tours scheduled stops thus far.

Regis and Kelly Performance of Beauty School Dropout

Live Video taken during the show on Broadway

Curtain Call

Tour Schedule

Dec. 2-7, 2008 at the Providence Performing Arts Center, Providence, RI
Dec. 9-14, 2008 at the Wharton Center for the Performing Arts, East Lansing, MI
Dec. 16-21, 2008 at Palace Theatre, Columbus, OH
Dec. 30, 2008-Jan. 4, 2009 at the Orpheum Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
Jan. 6-18, 2009 at the Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL
Jan. 20-Feb. 1, 2009 at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, Cincinnati, OH
Feb. 3-15, 2009 at the Hippodrome Theatre, Baltimore, MD
Feb. 18-22, 2009 at the Omaha Performing Arts Center, Omaha, NE
Feb. 24-March 1, 2009 at the Music Hall, Tucson, AZ
March 3-8, 2009 at the Civic Theatre, San Diego, CA
March 10-22, 2009 at the Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
March 24-April 19, 2009 at the Golden Gate Theatre, San Francisco, CA
April 21-26, 2009 at Keller Auditorium, Portland, OR
April 28-May 10, 2009 at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, Costa Mesa, CA
May 12-30, 2009 at the 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle, WA
June 2-7, 2009 at Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, Appleton, WI
June 9-28, 2009 at the Fisher Theatre, Detroit, MI

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Monday, December 01, 2008

Artist2Market - New article

I got to ask Rick Diloreto some questions about A2M and he also had a message for Taylor Hicks fans. To read about A2M go here

Taylor Hicks - New Interview says wrote with Gary Nicholson

A new interview with Taylor Hicks came out today and be read here. In the interview she asked

Did you collaborate with any writers on this album?

Taylors answer was

Yeah, I did actually. There were some writers in Nashville that I wrote with. And there were a lot of different styles of writers - one of the writers is Gary Nicholson in Nashville. Also a couple writers that are friends of mine, Wynne Christian and Alan Little. There are a lot of different people that have come together. I've been able to have the time to be able to really focus on what I feel a great song is.

So I researched Gary and found out that he has written or co-written several songs for many singers. So I went to you tube on the search of some of the songs that I could find. Videos of some songs are below. If you know of othes please leave the link here.

Can't Stop Now Reba Mcentire
(Gary Nicholson, Wendy Waldman

The Trouble with the Truth', which was a hit for Patty Loveless

Conway Twitty Hard Act to follow

One Good Love (Neil Diamond/Gary Nicholson)

Wynonna's Judd "Somebody to Love You";

Vince Gill's "One More Last Chance";

Montgomery Gentry's "She Couldn't Change Me";

Skin Deep Tom co-wrote with Buddy Guy and Gary Nicholson)

More Love Dixie Chicks . Music and lyrics by Gary Nicholson, Tim O'Brien

Tomorrow is the kick off for the National Tour of Grease. I can not wait for the great recaps and hopefully some audio/video

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Taylor Hicks - TV Guide - Shirts - Studio Picture

I got on the computer today after baking pies and making side dishes all day for Thanksgiving tomorrow and loved all I have read and seen in regards to Taylor Hicks and what he is been up to. First I found the TV Guide Interview. Taylor sounds so excited and happy. I loved these parts of the interview. After you left Arista, did you decide right away you would start your own label or were you looking at other homes?
Hicks: I'd been offered traditional record deals and I just felt like it was best for me to be able to start my own label and partner with distribution. Having your own label really allows you to be out there and have total control of your art and how you want to sell it and how it best fits you. You really live and die by the sword, which I think really makes the artist drive a lot more — drive to succeed. What's the update on your new album?
Hicks: It's coming out Feb. 10. I should have a single the first of the new year. I can honestly say that some of the instincts that I had picking songs on Idol, I was able to use picking songs for this album, which has really been a great experience. I've been able to wrap my artistic expression around these songs and I've had some time to live with these songs and be able to visualize what I want for each of them. I'm really excited about the record because I feel like from the style aspect, nowadays you listen to records that sound very similar on each track, but this album, I wanted to take the listener on a musical journey and touch on the stylings that are reflective of who I am as an artist. How different is it from your first one?
Hicks: There's definitely soul. I think it all starts with soul, but this time around, I think the songs are touching on a lot of different styles that reflect me, so that's different in a way. On the last record, it was kind of an R&B influence. This is my journey as a songwriter. But what's really interesting and cool about it is I'm gonna be able to play my single within the Grease show. It's a very unique aspect. It's like I'm gonna be performing as Teen Angel, but then I'll also be performing my single to the record, so everybody who comes and sees me as Teen Angel can also experience me as a musician.

We know Taylor has the drive to succeed. That is why he stuck with music for so long and gave Idol all he had. That drive will carry him very far. I am so ready to go on the musical journey with Taylor. Not only will people get to see Taylor Hicks as Teen Angel but they will get to hear and experience Taylor’s single. I can’t wait for that.

So then after I read the TV Guide interview I found new designs of Taylor Hicks Shirts. I love the first two. So after that I saw the studio picture posted at Right Hicks Save, awesome to see a recent picture of Taylor. He must be somewhere fairly warm, he has shorts on or I guess it could because the studio is hot… Taylor is there of course it’s HOT!

Just a little heads up for you all. I recently got to ask Director of Operations and Marketing, Rick Diloreto at Artist2Market some questions for an article I am publishing at Associated Content it should be live sometime next week and I will let you all know where to find it when it is. There is a message for Taylor’s Fans that I am sure you all will enjoy.

Monday, November 24, 2008

The Best Gifts for Kids of Course - Toys

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Older children enjoy items such as electronic games. Gifts for the older children that are very popular are items such as the IPod or the latest Nintendo Wii console. This year’s most popular game for the WII is the wii fit it is fun for the entire family.

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Check out the above links to find that perfect gift for your toy lover. You are sure to please every child on your list whether it is an actual child or a child at heart.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

2008 Soul Patrol Christmas Ornaments

Christmas is right around the corner. Take a break from all the activity holidays, buying snowmobile parts or whatever else you may be doing and take a few moments to get your 2008 Soul Patrol Christmas ornaments now. NESP's Third Annual Soul Patrol Holiday Ornament is now available! The ornament is $15, and sale proceeds will go to the Home for Little Wanderers. The Home provides services to thousands of children and families each year throughout Eastern Massachusetts.

So not only do you get a great Soul Patrol Christmas ornament you get to help children in the process.

To order, please visit

Taylor Hicks Performing at Rams Head on Stage

More news about where Taylor Hicks will be this winter is out. Taylor will be at Rams Head On Stage located in Annapolis, MD The show will be Saturday; February 07, 2009 at 11:00 pm EST. Tickets are $35. The site says, "come on and sing along with the America's favorite SOUL singer!"
For Fans Of: Boz Scaggs, Michael McDonald, Hall & Oates.

Taylor is going to be busy this winter as he stars as Teen Angel in the National Tour of Grease, releases his sophomore CD February 10th and releases his concert DVD Whomp at Warfield February 17th. More and more great things are happening for Taylor and his star just keeps growing bigger and shining brighter. I am thrilled to still be going along for the ride to hear great music and see great performances from the Soul Man. I have a feeling we may need computer memory capacity to keep up with all the great things coming Taylor’s way.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Taylor Hicks News 2 years ago

What a difference 2 years can make. I was browsing online through Taylor Hicks and articles. November of 2006 Taylor and the Soul Patrol was just getting ready for the release f his debut album “Taylor Hicks”. He was on many shows singing Christmas songs or the single “Runaround.” This was posted at Idol Thoughts 2 years ago.
Taylor Hicks Update

Posted by dreynold November 27, 2006 12:00AM
Taylor is gearing up for his CD release on December 12, and his PR machine seems to be working overtime. People magazine knows what sells, and will feature Taylor on the cover of the 2007 People Yearbook issue along with Jennifer Anniston, Brad Pitt, Beyonce, and Steve Irwin. He was also featured as part of People's sexiest men alive issue and his picture was also in last week's issue.
This week, Taylor will be performing on NBC's Christmas in Rockefeller Square. The show airs at 8:00 p.m. on November 29. Here's the rest of the schedule as it stands right now:

• 12/05 - Good Morning America - ABC
• 12/06 - Live with Regis and Kelly (Taylor, please don't touch Kelly!)
• 12/10 - Christmas in Washington
• 12/11 - The View - ABC
• 12/12 - Satellite Media Tour
• 12/13 - Martha Stewart
• 12/14 - Megan Mullaly
• 12/14 - CBS Early Show\

Taylor will be performing on December 12 at the Gimme Shelter benefit at the Roxy nightclub is Los Angeles. Proceeds of the show will benefit the Spectrum Program, which is a school for autistic children. Also performing are the Cold War Kids, The Like, Mellowdrone, Simon Dawes, and Starsailor. Tickets are $23.50 thru Ticketmaster.

And, if you haven't yet listened to the three new tracks from Taylor's upcoming CD, check out

Now it is November 2008 and we anxiously awaiting Taylor’s Sophomore CD being released Feb 10th. Once again the excitement is building.

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Taylor Hicks Hard at Work in the Studio

If you are wondering what Taylor Hicks has been up top lately, then wonder no more? December 2nd is the start of The National Tour of the Broadway hot “GREASE” with Taylor starring as Teen Angel. He will also sing a single off his upcoming album due out February 7th and a concert DVD titled Whomp at the Warfield filmed at the Warfield Theater is up on Amazon for pre-order with sales starting February 17th.

But this past week Taylor has been hard at work in the studio recording for the CD.

A audio blog was posted is posted at Taylor Hicks Headquarters and Taylor’s MySpace. But if you want to listen to it now click player below.
Great times and great music is right around the corner. SOUL PATROL!

Taylor Studio Audio Blog 11-14-08 - Taylor Hicks

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Saturday, November 08, 2008

Taylor Hicks - Whomp at the Warfield

Finally the long wait is over. Taylor Hicks fans have been waiting a long time to get the video of the concert Taylor did at the Warfield Theater. Now you can pre-order Whomp at the Warfield at Amazon. The release date is February 17th. This is such great news Taylors Sophomore CD goes on sale February 10th. The National Tour of Broadways show Grease starts December 2nd with Taylor Hicks starring as Teen Angel, with Taylor singing a single of his CD after the show. I am sure once the tour of Grease is over Taylor will then start touring his CD. Fans of Taylor’s have a great year ahead of us with more great music from Taylor.

If you haven’t seen Taylor Hicks live then you need to make plans to as soon as you can. Taylor puts on a great show that is never same twice. If you love great music and seeing someone who gives there all to please concert goers I advise you purchase Whomp at the Warfield. You will not be disappointed.

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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Taylor Hicks - Do I Make You Proud?

I got a Google alert today about Taylor Hicks single “Do I Make You proud?” The Mormon Home Evening blog has used Taylor’s song and a video at YouTube to dedicate a tribute to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. I have always loved this video and am so glad that someone else realizes how touching the song and the video is to remind us of all the troops are doing and risking for us.

So after I went to this site I went to search and see how many copies have been sold thus far of “Do I Make You Proud?” I didn’t find any updated info but for those who don’t know in its first week of sales, Taylor’s hit sold 190,000 copies to lead the Hot 100 singles chart put out by Billboard. In addition, Taylor’s single sold 38,000 digital downloads, according to Nielsen Soundscan. The single, which includes a cover of the Doobie Brothers' "Takin' It to the Streets" as a b-side, also led the Pop 100 and Single Sales charts.

If anyone knows how many it has sold now please post that information here. Also I read at that the video which is the one I saw used at as had over 1 million views of this video of 'Do I Make You Proud' on YouTube. 1,037,404 to be. You can see the video at either site.

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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Getting Rich Being Rude - My Vent

This past week the New York Post published a piece that Simon Cowell earns 36 million dollars a year from Fox’s reality show American Idol. I still do not understand what on earth Simon Cowell offers that entitle him to that kind of pay. He has no talent, unless you call insulting others a talent. What about the firefighters that risk their life’s every day, the policeman who encounter people every day that are breaking the law and may shoot them, the ordinary people who are out working hard every day sometimes in extreme rather conditions or being exposed to chemicals that put the health at risk, the troops who are risking their lives 24 hours a day 7 days a week. What about all the elderly who cannot afford their medicines, the children who have horrible diseases and their parents cannot afford the medical treatment they need?

I know all celebrities and musicians receive way too much money but at least these people have a talent and do things that entertain us and bring joy to our lives. But Simon Cowell, come on all that man can do is call people names and find ways to put them down. If he can’t find fault with their singing he will insult their hair, clothes or dancing ability. As he looked in a mirror he isn’t all that. Then on top of that he makes way more than Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson. Both of whom have talents and firsthand experience in the music industry. It just seems crazy to me for anyone to think Simon is worth that money. I wouldn’t even spend the cost of ticket or the cost of gasoline to go see him spew his dribble somewhere. I guess the world takes all kinds of people to go around but really we have people all over who put people down and degrade them every day for free why pay Simon Cowell such a huge, ridiculous amount to do it?
Last updated: 10:39 am
October 13, 2008
Posted: 3:46 am
October 13, 2008
WHAT has been long suspected about bad blood among the judges on "American Idol" over money was confirmed over the weekend.
Nigel Lythgoe, the former executive producer of "Idol," says that Simon Cowell is earning $36 million a year from Fox for the show - far more than his counterparts, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson.

Jackson's and Abdul's "salary has never been advertised and Simon has been in Forbes which is why I am talking about it," Lythgoe told an Australian newspaper.
"But there is always jealousy in every job.

"Why is he getting more than the other two judges? Because it is believed that he brings more to the table."

Lythgoe, who quit the show at the end of last season to concentrate full-time on his own series, "So You Think You Can Dance," believes Cowell is worth every penny that he's paid.

"He has actually handled his negotiations quite brilliantly," Lythgoe says.
Cowell's negotiating strategy has been never to sign a contract for longer than 12 months.

"He's only ever negotiated by the year," Lythgoe said. "And now he is getting something like $22,000 per minute."

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With Christmas right around the corner and Taylor Hicks starting in Grease, it would be great to win some extra spending cash. So head over there now and sign up. Don’t forget to let them know sent you. Here is the link to signup. If you are one of the lucky winners please let me know. It would be so cool for one of my readers to win. Video about contest is below.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Helping a Soldier

My sister has been sending emails back and forth to a soldier stationed in Iraq for about 6 months now. She is starting to get a box of goodies together to send him for Christmas. She has all the traditional stuff she is going to include, toiletries, crossword puzzles, candy and cookies. She asked me what other stuff he might like. I told her to send him CDs and books that those would help entertain him, which I am sure is something that he needs.

So of course I told her I would help fill her box by putting in Taylor Hicks CDs and his book Heart of Soul. I told her about jewelry sprout and the Proud of our Troops Drive. She thinks it is great that people do stuff like this to send stuff to the troops and is thrilled I am helping fill her care package.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Taylor Hicks - Video Interviews

There have been many interviews with Taylor hicks. There are audio, printed and video interviews. Today I am going to cover a few video interviews with Taylor Hicks. Below you will find 5 video interviews. There are many more and you can find them at YouTube. If you have one you especially like and wasn’t others to see it post the link to in the comments sections.

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On my Mind

Ok so this post isn’t a Taylor Hicks post but it is on my mind. It seems this year has flown by. Halloween is right around the corner, which means Christmas will be before we know it. It seems every year I swore that I was not going to spend as much as the year before. Then every year I spend more than the year before. When kids get older the price to get items they truly want goes way up. Just one gift alone will cost me over $300. The WII is a gaming system I have to try my best to get this year (I’ll enjoy that one to) and mp3 players, I-pods and cell phones just to name a few. I wonder if they would settle for an antique Christmas it could consist of an Atari System, cassette recorder, am/fm radio with ear phones and a couple tin cans with string in between them. I know, I know, not likely. But it would sure save my pocket book. Guess I better start checking the Black Friday ads after Thanksgiving. Umm maybe they could have those ads to save us money in getting Tickets to see Taylor in Grease. That way we could buy more tickets and take others to see the show. Hey it’s a idea, whether it’s a likely idea or not, it is an idea.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Taylor Hicks E! News October 20 2008

E! News hosted by Ryan Seacrest gave us a quick glimpse of old footage of Taylor Hicks with Katherine McPhee after the Season Five finale announced Taylor Hicks as the 2006 American Idol winner. It wasn't much footage but even a quick glimpse of the Soul Man looking Hot is a good thing. Ryan was talking about 60 illion votes being cast for Bush as president verses 63 million for Taylor Hicks and Katharine. Even though it wasn't "new: news it was still great to hear Taylor mentioned and see is handsome smiling face.

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Sunday, October 19, 2008

How the Internet Changed Music

The internet is a huge place. There are no limits on where you can visit or what you can discover with the internet as your guide. The internet has changed music and continues to change it more every day. Before the internet and sites such as Face Book, MySpace, Live Journal and Yahoo Groups to name just a few getting your music out to those who would enjoy and appreciate it consisted of relying on a record contract or doing live gigs and getting a following that way. With the internet you can post your music online and get it out to many more people. Even if you do not have a record deal you can still get a large fan base that love and appreciate what you do. The internet has changed music so much.

The artist can interact more with their supporters though blogging, emails, journal entries and so many more ways. You build a more intimate relationship with you fans with the help of the internet than ever before. The fans feel more connected to the artist and are very supportive of everything they do. It almost builds a friendship of sorts between the artist and the fans. An artist who spends their time building the fan base and devoting some of their free time becoming personally involved on some level with the fans reaps the benefits for the rest of their career.

Many artists use the internet for this very purpose. For examples I will name a few that I follow.

Taylor Hicks is the first artist that I started keeping track of on the internet. There was a site Gray Charles that posted almost daily about Taylor. Taylor would check in now and then to leave audio blogs for his fans about things going on in his career. Fans loved every audio blog that Taylor left and talked together about the goings on in Taylor’s career. Taylor still leaves blogs now and then at other sites such as his MySpace about what is going in his career and so forth. His fan base has created many fan montages of Taylor and there are many fan run websites that keep up with all things Taylor Hicks. The fans have become friends with one another and meet when concerts are going on to go together, sometimes having pre concert parties or going to dinner together and the talk is Taylor Hicks.

Go here to read the rest.

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Friday, October 17, 2008

Articles about Taylor Hicks

There have been many, many articles written about Taylor Hicks. It would take forever to search and find them all. So today I am just going to focus on the articles posted at Associated Content. I am a content producer at the site. I myself have written quite a few articles on Taylor but there are several others at the site written by other content producers. Mostly glowing reports but some not so glowing.

I will list the links to each article.

Taylor Hicks buys Lakefront Property by Amy Gayle

American Idol’s Taylor Hicks by Leigh Egan

Where is Taylor Hicks Now? By Adriana Cherry

Taylor Hicks – Little Known Facts About by Kassidy Emmerson

Taylor Hicks performs in Kansas City by Amy Gayle

American Idol’s Taylor Hicks Rocks Chicago’s House of Blues by Amy Gayle

American idol’s Taylor Hicks Looses it by Sara Martin

Taylor Hicks Selected as Grand Marshall for Mardi Gras Celebration & Endymion Parade by Karen Gross

The Next Step for American Idols’ Taylor Hicks

Taylor Hicks Launches Own Label by Claudia Oakenfull

A few Articles by Me
Taylor Hicks an Interview with Cindy Wright

The Taylor Hicks Experience
Taylor Hicks the Soul Patrol

Taylor Hicks Taking it to the Streets…

There are many more articles. Too many to list. Go here to see the full list

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Taylor Hicks Golfing Pictures?

My sister is vacationing in Florida. Her husband is a big golf lover. She told me he is thrilled because there are lots of places for Orlando golf. So I remembered Taylor also enjoys golfing and I emailed her some pictures of Taylor on the golf course. She thinks he looks very handsome in his golf attire. I was only able to find a few pictures of Taylor on the golf course. If you have or know of some great picture of Taylor o the course please send me the link to them so I can show her some more of these great pictures.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

What are Soul Patrollers and Who is Taylor Hicks?

I went yesterday to try and find a good used car. I stopped at one car lot and the guy had several cars and vans but none of them were what I wanted. Either because of price or the vehicle itself. The man kept having us follow at him to look at yet another vehicle.

When I still found nothing I wanted he said I have a bus for sale out back you might be interested in. I laughed and said no I don’t think I need a bus. He laughed and said well ok if you are sure. The next words out of mouth had my husband saying here we go again. I told the man well the bus may be a good idea if I can get a bunch of Soul Patrollers together to go see a Taylor Hicks concert.

The man asked, what are Soul Patrollers and who is Taylor Hicks? Is that some kind of religious thing? I started laughing; my husband said did you have to ask? I told the guy some about Taylor. He said he likes Ray Charles and Sam Cooke so I told him he ought to check out Taylor Hicks.

When we left the man said he would have to see if he can find Taylor’s CD. I told him if not go online and you can order them. I don’t know if he will or not but at least now he knows who Taylor Hicks is and what a Soul Patroller is.

In the theme of a bus here is a video. A oldie but goodie The Adventures of the Purple Bus.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Taylor Hicks - Live Videos

So in an earlier post I covered Fan made video montages of Taylor Hicks. Now I think it is only right to cover some of my favorite live Taylor performances. YouTube is filled with great videos of Taylor performing whether it is in concert or on television. There is a sure to a song favorite for everyone. Taylor Hicks never fails to give 100% to anything he sings so without further ado here are some great videos.

The Right Place on the View

Sweet Home Chicago

Take the Long Way Home

Heaven Knows


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Taylor Hicks Photo Montages

Taylor Hicks is a very popular subject for fans to use to make YouTube photo montages. Fans sometimes use one of Taylor’s own song to help with promoting the song or they may use a song by another artist if it reminds them for some reason of Taylor. In this post I will be sharing with you some of favorite montages.
Heart Attack

Love Man

Just One Look

Soul Thing

He’s So Shy

And a couple I have created
Taymeo is Romeo

Get Up and Move

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Taylor Hicks Forums, Blogs and Websites

There are so many websites. Forums and blogs based around Taylor Hicks and most are run by fans of Taylor Hicks. Sometimes finding a good site can be hard. In the post I will list several of the sites. If you are too new to the Taylor Hicks fandom then this will be a great place for you to start if finding places that will provide lots of information on Taylor Hicks. Join in on the forums and chat and makes some friends with people you have at least one thing in common with, Taylor Hicks.

TAYLOR HICKS Official Website
Taylor Hicks - The official website for the American Idol winner, Taylor Hicks.

Taylor Hicks - MySpace
Official MySpace profile for Taylor Hicks from American Idol season 5.

Taylor Hicks
Fan site of Taylor Hicks which features picture gallery, discussion forum, news reports, and lyrics of songs performed by Taylor Hicks.
Taylor Hicks' Official Soul Patrol Headquarters
Fan site for the gray-haired American Idol contestant Taylor Hicks. Find T-shirts for sale, performance sound clips, podcasts, videos, and more.

Taylor Hicks HQ
Membership for the Taylor Hicks Headquarters web gives you the latest Taylor Hicks news, photo galleries, contests, ticket pre-sales, message board, chat room and more.

Taylor Hicks - AOL Music
Taylor Hicks videos, bio, albums, and more.
Taylor Hicks from American Idol Fan site Forums - Powered by vBulletin
Fan site forums for Taylor Hicks, the American Idol winner in 2006.

The Taylor Hicks Community
The Taylor Hicks Community - Bringing together soul patrol fans to share news, concert information, music education, soul music, blue-eyed soul, whomp and their love of Taylor Hicks

Taylor Hicks Inspired.
Taylor Hicks The Capitol Fourth Rehearsal! ... Taylor Hicks says, "I Came From Alabama With A Banjo On My Knee" ... spirit of Taylor Hicks and his inspiration ...

Taylor Hicks . . . and other guilty pleasures
... Categories: Taylor Hicks ... Taylor Hicks Early Works (for a fan whose nearest Target is ... Categories: Guilty Pleasures • Modern Whomp Records • Taylor Hicks ...

Taylor is the Boogie!
(And don't think your kind words on message boards like Taylor Is The Boogie! ... Taylor Hicks Official Site. Visit The Boogie Board. Etc. Boogie Shirt Shop! ...

The Real Deal Forum
The Real Deal forum is a discussion board for the season five American Idol winner. Taylor Hicks. Singer, Song Writer, Author and Actor!

The Blues Historian
Taylor Hicks is finding out what it it like to be a bluesman. Corporate music companies who have squandered and destroyed the music business and radio ( I mean when is the last time you have seen music on MTV, or VH1?
Blues Historian -

It’s A Soul Thing
Put on your seatbelts because we're gearing up for the next chapter in the wild ride that is Taylor Hicks! He's off to start pre-production on his new CD in Nice, France, where his producer, Simon Climie, lives. ...
It's a SOUL Thing! -

A Caryling
I planned to do a real thinky piece about this "cutting edge deal" Taylor Hicks signed recently. I wanted to examine Taylor's interviews from the last week, analyze them, do a bit of know, allow my college degree to fly ...
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Tays Harmonica
Happy 32nd birthday to Taylor Hicks today! Since it’s Taylor’s birthday, I thought I’d post some “early” pictures for today’s post. In this first picture, Taylor is celebrating his eighth birthday. This next picture is of Taylor (in the ...
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Thursday, October 09, 2008

Taylor Hicks - Have a Little Faith in Him

Sometimes we can get very involved in keeping up with the goings on in someone’s life that we care about. That is defiantly true when it comes to Taylor Hicks and his devoted fan base The Soul Patrol. We naturally want the very best for Taylor in everything he does. That is called being supportive but sometimes we just seem to want to see things happen at warp speed.

The music business can be very complex and things that are planned to happen sometimes have to be postponed or pushed back, sometimes canceled all together. You never know for sure know what will happen from one day to the next. Sometimes some may think (someone) in this case Taylor Hicks is wrong in the decisions he makes about his career. It is his career so whatever he is does and whenever he does it is his business. But I think that most times this thinking of he should do this and he should not do that isn’t so much about trying to control, but being afraid that something will not work out as it was hoped to work out. When you care about someone and you want to see them succeed and that can sometimes make a person worry that their success will not happen. However I think now everyone should look at Taylor’s past decisions and see that they mostly work out every time. Have a little faith in him.

For instance, I am sure many thought Taylor was crazy to go American Idol. His image did not fit for the American Idol stage. But look what ignoring the naysayers and doing what he wanted accomplished.

Some think his first CD after winning Idol wasn’t up to par. I so disagree with this. I love Taylor’s album Taylor Hicks. I play it all the time and he has sold 800,000 copies and it has been certified platinum. Now I would like to know how that is concidered a failure. He had nearly no radio play but still has sold 800,000 copies. That seems like a major success to me. I am sure there are many artists out there that wish they could sell that many. Who cares what this one or that one sold. Keeping up with the (Jones) as the saying goes has never made since to me at all. Just be yourself and be thankful for what you have and celebrate the good things in your life.

I think Taylor Hicks has a lot to celebrate and be happy about.
So then comes Grease many felt Taylor was selling out by doing Broadway and would be put down by the critics. Quite the opposite happened. Taylor made the role of Teen Angel his and owned the stage. Broadway, the press and New York loved him.
So then Taylor decides to go on tour with Grease starting in December. Again many think this decision is wrong. They feel it means Taylor won’t be putting out a CD soon and a tour won’t happen anytime soon. Then comes news Taylors CD will be out February 10th and today news broke that Taylor will be singing his single after the Grease performance every night. So we will get to see Taylor performing as Teen Angel and perform a new song plus get a CD in February.

So I think all this shows just to keep the faith in Taylor. It his career, he loves music and he loves to perform but everything takes time and planning. So have faith. It makes me think of the song Have a little Faith in Me. Below you will see I rewrote the lyrics a little to fit and also a video of the actual song.

When you think things are looking stark
And you wonder what’s going on with him
Just remember he will never lose the musical spark
And have a little faith in him
And when you wonder when there will be new music to buy
Just keep the faith, his dreams he will achieve
Just know he can combine it all for a musical weave
And have a little faith in him
Have a little faith in him

Because we’ve been supporting him for such a long time
Sometimes we may expect too much, to quickly in return
Just remember to have a little faith in him
You see time, time is our friend
Because for his talents there is no end
And all you gotta do, is have a little faith in him
Have a little faith in him
Hey hey
All you gotta do for the Soul Man
Is have a little faith in him.

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Taylor Hicks, Teen Angel, New Single

The news about Taylor and his CD set to come out February 10th keeps getting better and better. December 2nd Taylor starts touring with the National Tour of Grease as Teen angel. Many fans were upset thinking it would push back a CD release and they didn’t think there would be a new CD until after the Grease tour ended. I too thought that might be so but I want to see Taylor as Teen Angel and so didn’t mind waiting for a new CD. Then October 7th on Taylor’s 32nd birthday it was announced that his sophomore CD would hit stores February 10th Now today even more great news as surfaced.

In an interview with Birmingham News today Taylor let us in on some more great news.
The Birmingham News

Hicks is the word
Thursday, October 09, 2008
News staff writer

Taylor Hicks is rarely at a loss for words.

But he's had to contain himself this year, hearing and reading that his 800,000-unit-selling self-titled CD was a one-shot deal. That he wouldn't sign another record deal. That the 2006 "American Idol" was through.

"It's about driven me crazy to hold my tongue," Hicks says. "I've wanted to talk about this for three months, but I've been patient and trying to be smart about choosing my battles."

The battle, it seems, is over.

Hicks, who turned 32 on Tuesday, announced on his birthday that he had signed a deal to release his new CD in February 2009. It'll be on his own Modern Whomp Records label through Artist to Market (A2M), which gives the Birmingham native control over his recording destiny.

"I was offered a plethora of record deals, some traditional record deals and some non-traditional record deals," Hicks says. "It's been very hard not to just hop on the first one that was offered, but during that time when there was a lot more speculation that I might never sign one again, it couldn't have been further from the truth."

He calls the A2M deal "very cutting edge."

"In today's marketplace, having the control as the artist is key," Hicks says. "I'm in control of where I spend my marketing dollars, who I want to record with, and in control of the companies I hire out. It allows me a really focused release. Basically, I am my own record label."

What that means for the upcoming CD is that the bulk of it will be written or co-written by Hicks, who cut his musical teeth in bars in and around Birmingham.

"I've always been a singer-songwriter, and that's going to be able to surface a lot more than it did on the last record," he says. "On the last one, things had to move at such a quick pace that the actual art of songwriting couldn't really be seen on the last record."

Hicks is in pre-production of the CD now, working with producer Simon Climie (Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Faith Hill) in the studio.

"I don't have a title for it, yet," Hicks says. "I'm kind of waiting for it to hit me."

Announcement of the new record deal comes just after Hicks' stint in the Broadway production of "Grease" comes to an end, and just before he hits the road as that show's Teen Angel for the national tour beginning Dec. 1.

"It was such a success and such a great way for me to learn a new craft," Hicks says of his Broadway debut. "I feel like if I'm going to have longevity in the entertainment industry, I've got to cover all aspects. I have to reinvent myself."

The national tour of "Grease" will offer a unique hybrid for Hicks, he says.

"We're going to cross-promote this record with the `Grease' tour," he says. "I'll be allowed to perform my single in the show on tour

Most importantly, it offers fans a chance to experience Hicks live, which he says is crucial to his success.

"There's such a live aspect to me," he says. "You put me on the radio, and you can't see me, you can't feel me, you can't touch me, so it's easy to count me out in that regard. On the road, that's where you really make your mark and have your longevity."

So don't count Hicks out just yet. He's only getting started, he says, and he doesn't pay attention to the naysayers.

"I hear those things, but I'm not into the talk, I'm into the walk," he says.

So not only will we get to see Taylor as Teen Angel we will also get to hear and see him perform a new single. I for one cannot wait to get the tickets and attend the show. Like the article says don’t count Taylor out. Taylor Hicks is different than artists on the market today and I think he has the talent and the brains to pull off about anything he desires. Get your compact flash cards ready to store all the great audio, video and pictures that will be coming are way. Soul Patrol are you ready to jump on the Hicks bandwagon again for a wild ride in 2009 and beyond?

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Happy Birthday Taylor Hicks and The Soul Patrol

Lets get this party Started!!

Today brought some great news that the Soul Patrol has been waiting for. What a great day for the news to break as it is Taylor’s 32nd birthday. The below release was just released today.

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ — He’s “Takin’ It to the Streets” on “American Idol” — now Season 5 winner Taylor Hicks will be takin’ it more directly to the people. Celebrating his birthday today, Hicks has tapped the independent artist services company Artist To Market (A2M) to release his much-buzzed-about new album, due in stores on February 10, 2009. The platinum-selling singer-songwriter will be releasing the new title with complete control of direction and ownership of his masters on his solely owned and operated, Modern Whomp Records label. Hicks is currently in the studio with producer Simon Climie (Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Faith Hill).
“In this digital age, when artists can connect more directly with audiences, this is a partnership that makes a lot of sense,” says Hicks. “I’m very much enjoying being in the studio with Simon working on the new album and look forward to releasing it through A2M early next year.”

“We at A2M are very excited to be working with the team at Modern Whomp Records on this release,” said Paul Ignasinski, General Manager of A2M. “As the industry continues to evolve, it’s exciting to see significant artists approach the marketplace in a new way, and truly take control over their own destiny. This is exactly why A2M was built in the first place — to provide a service platform for these artists to prosper on their own terms.”

During the last two years, Taylor Hicks has seen his self-titled Arista debut album certified platinum, performed with the likes of Willie Nelson, Widespread Panic, The Allman Brothers and Jackson Browne, toured through Asia, penned the brisk-selling Random House memoir Heart Full of Soul, spent time in NY this past summer for his three-month Broadway debut as “Teen Angel” in Grease, and will take Grease on a national tour beginning December 1.

In August Hicks’ Modern Whomp Records released Early Works (a reissue compilation of his two independent albums, In Your Time and Under the Radar) through the Welk Music Group. Hicks is also planning the release of Whomp at the Warfield, a DVD showcasing a live performance by Hicks and his band at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco.

About Artist To Market Distribution:

Launched in 2005, Artist To Market Distribution (A2M) is an independent music distributor and artist services company designed to work directly with artists, labels, and content owners to streamline the supply chain, provide flexible service solutions, and deliver new product to the marketplace at a lower cost. Over the past two years A2M has partnered with a diverse group of platinum and multi-platinum artists including Dolly Parton, Tracy Lawrence, Tommy Lee, John Michael Montgomery, Sinead O’Connor, Unwritten Law, and Tracy Byrd, in addition to critically-acclaimed newcomers, The Cool Kids. More information can be found at

SOURCE Taylor Hicks

Published Oct. 7, 2008
It is time to start getting excited agin. Not only will Taylor be traveling around the country as Teen Angel in Grease. (Which I will be seeing) we will also have a new CD to listen to and talk about on February 10th. Things keep getting better and better for Taylor.

With the News today below you will find a video that I feel fits for the new CD deal

Taylor Hicks The Deal Video by PayTheDevil

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