NASHVILLE, Tenn. (January 6, 2016)
– Taylor Hicks, the platinum-selling artist and entertainer from
Alabama whose soulful vocals won over America’s heart and the fifth
season of American Idol at the height of the singing
competition phenomenon’s ratings heyday, has signed with APA, it was
announced today by the agency’s Seth Rappaport. Hicks, who is currently
in-studio finishing his latest album to be released this year, will be
announcing upcoming tour dates soon.
“I’m a long-time fan and thrilled to be working with Taylor Hicks,”
commented Rappaport in making the announcement. “His soulfulness and
passion is evident in his music and live performances.”
One of the most beloved and popular American Idol winners in
the 15-season history of the global broadcast juggernaut, Hicks unique
take on Country, Southern Soul, R&B and the Blues set him apart from
his fellow competitors during one of the show’s highest rated seasons.
In the end, after 64 million votes were cast, 200 million viewers
worldwide tuned in to see Hicks crowned the fifth season winner of American Idol — one of the most-watched television events of the last decade.
Less than three weeks after his Idol victory, Hicks’ debut single,
“Do I Make You Proud,” entered at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100, Pop 100,
and Single Sales Charts. His self-titled album (Arista) debuted at #2 on
the Billboard 200 and was quickly certified RIAA Platinum. Hicks is
also 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. Digitally remastered versions of his two previous albums — In Your Time (1997) and Under The Radar (2005) were recently released for the first time. The artist has also made his mark on the culinary world as a partner in Saw’s Juke Joint,
a local eatery in Birmingham, Alabama, which has become one of the most
popular BBQ and live music bar restaurants in the region.
In addition to headlining the Paris Casino in Las Vegas, as well as
other Caesars Entertainment properties across the United States, Hicks
has performed alongside an amazing variety of artists such as Willie
Nelson, Snoop Dogg, Gladys Knight, Earth Wind & Fire, and The Allman
Brothers. e also performed on Broadway in 2008, and in the national
tour of the famed musical Grease in 2009, playing the Teen Angel role originated by Alan Paul.