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Taylor Hicks

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. ~ Heather Phares, Rovi
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auntroro81
I just love me some Taylor Hicks! He is so very cute! I got to meet him,so sweet and kind! When he won I was jumping up and down cheering! Taylor is a hottie!:))
davidg9414
Must be the water around Tupelo.
I love this guy somethin' awful so if any of you say somethin I don't like start runnin' NOW! Hah jes kidding! but I am serious about the MAN. Incredibly gifted and talented, and loved.
This dude is cool
my mom is a Taylor nut,i think its cute!!!
For me, Taylor is a true artist...... h e mimics no one!
sweet voice!!!!
He seems like a nice guy...
I liked Taylor the first time I heard him and was one of his #1 fans from the beginning.Go Taylor Go!!!!
davivstar54
I think Taylor is a wonderful spirit. He is a kind person. Rare to find these days.
Taylor was the rightful winner of Season 5 of AI. The man has talent, brains, and looks. Not mention charisma plus! I voted for, and would do so again. Season 5 was the best season of AI, and got the highest ratings. Taylor rocks!
Over Mcphee Taylor should have one. He has soul and that's what people saw but anyway I was so suprise when daughtry got off.
He had stage presence and mcphee was so stupid
Yeah Daughtry should have won
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The reasonMcPhee did not win is her dismal stage presnce and lack of ANY personality at all. Yeh, she has an amazong voice but the overall package was B O R I N G and very old fashioned. What s she doing now with that amazing voice? Anybody?
i listened to a couple samples, not sure how he won. has anyone actually bought one of his records? no? didnt think so. you couldnt give them away to deaf children.
hairdresser2 5 6 6 7
Taylor Hicks Wow he is amazing.
i think that kat mcphee should have won not taylor he has no talent simon didn't even vote him to hollywood
I enjoy Taylor Hicks style of singing. I was rutting for him all the way through American Idol. He is very soulful and that makes him a joy to listen to.
I love Taylor! He is an amazing soul singer! :)
Awesome vocals, enormous contageous energy and oh so cute :-)
I saw him in concert 4 times last year and can not wait for his new cd and tour.
he just needs to sign up with the right company..... . h e can truly sing....and he sings from his heart.....I really like him
Loved him and his style at American Idol and still do. I wish him success in an obviously loved career in singing and song writing. bsa
gotta love the blues man!!! Soul Patrol Rules!!! Rock it out, you sexy silver fox!!!!!
One of my favorite songs Taylor sang on American Idol was Sam Cooke's "You Send Me." I wish he would make an album with this and other similar songs....his voice was so right for it.
Happily surprised that people still care.
Haven't heard this singer since American Idol. Nice sound!
One of the best albums I've ever heard!

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