American Idol’s Taylor Hicks Appointed to Alabama Music Hall of Fame Board; 3rd Album Coming Soon

Published on October 28, 2019

Thirteen years since Grammy-winning and platinum-selling musician, Taylor Hicks won American Idol, the Alabama native has been quite busy digging his roots deeper into the music and entertainment space.

With gray on his head, soul in his heart, and Alabama in his palm,” Hicks just announced his appointment to the Alabama Music Hall of Fame Board on Monday, sharing the exciting news first with Grit Daily.

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Hicks, 43, started as a professional musician in his late teens and performed around the Southeastern United States for more than a decade, during which he released two independent albums. It wasn’t until he appeared on and won the fifth season of American Idol, did the Alabama native take his career into an entirely new direction.

With his debut single of “Do I Make You Proud,” Hicks saw himself climb to number one on Billboard’s Hot 100 Pop 100 and Single Sales charts in 2006, while his self-titled album debuted at Number 2 on Billboard 200 the following year.

Hicks brings more than just vocals to the Board, but rather, his knowledge, experience, and humbleness of what it takes to be a genuine and classy entertainer.

Hick’s post-Idol career included a Broadway run and national tour of the 1974 Broadway reboot of “Shenandoah,” where Hicks took on the leading role of Charlie Anderson, starring alongside The X-Factor finalist, Rachel Potter.

For those who aren’t familiar with the 1974 Broadway production, “Shenandoah” tells the story about a widower, Charlie Anderson who lives with his large family out in Virginia during the American Civil War. Believing the War to not be his fight, Anderson is forced to get involved when his youngest son, Robert, is taken prisoner by Union soldiers.

If there’s one thing American Idol has done for its contestants and winners, it’s taught them how to perform. For Hicks, he is all about the stage and loves performing for fans.

That’s what makes Hick’s recent appointment to the Alabama Music Hall of Fame that much more exciting and heartfelt.

As I’ve always said, ‘the people of Alabama will let you know if you can do three things: cook, sing or throw a football.’ I’m honored to have been invited to join the Alabama Music Hall of Fame board and look forward to the work we will do together to recognize and honor our state’s rich musical history,” expressed Hicks, who was appointed to the board by Alabama Governor Kay Ivey.

As a member of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame board, Hicks’ will support the Alabama Music Hall of Fame’s mission to honor, support and increase awareness of Alabama’s vast array of music achievers.

We are beyond thrilled to have him on our board,” added AMHOF Executive Director Sandra Burroughs. “Our mission is to honor Alabama’s music achievers and we think it is very fitting to have an artist of his caliber advocating for musicians, entertainers and songwriters throughout our state. He brings first-hand knowledge of the music industry to the board that will enhance our ability to make decisions that celebrate the state’s rich music history and also encourage other Alabama-based musicians to follow their dreams. Taylor is an unwavering advocate for the hall of fame and has performed at several of our induction banquets.”

Since “American Idol’s” record-breaking season five finale, Hicks has gone on to achieve RIAA-certified Platinum status, win a GRAMMY® and secure a prestigious Las Vegas residency.

Hicks is set to release his highly-anticipated, third album next year. The deeply personal, roots-inspired collection was recorded at Zac Brown’s Southern Ground studio in Nashville with contributions from GRAMMY®-winning musician Keb’ Mo as well as Robert Randolph. So Taylor Hicks fans can certainly expect to see him back on the road for some extensive touring.

Andrew "Drew" Rossow is a former contract editor at Grit Daily.

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