Taylor Hicks

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Birthday: Oct 7, 1976
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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 -- whom 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. Hicks' 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, Hicks 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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No Score Yet Taylor Hicks - Whomp At The Warfield Actor 2008

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No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Apprentice
2004-2017
Appearing
  • 2013
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
Reality-Show Judge
  • 2013
  • 1999
No Score Yet The Choice
2012
Appearing
  • 2012
72% American Idol
2002-2016
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  • 2009
  • 2007
  • 2006
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Performer
  • 2009
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest Performer
  • 2006

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