Taylor Hicks launched his career as one of the most popular AMERICAN IDOL winners of all time, going on to prove himself a multi-faceted powerhouse, dominating in music, on Broadway, as an author, an actor and entrepreneur.
From the start, Hicks’ material on the mega-hit show set him apart, with a unique take on Southern soul, R&B, country and blues. 64 million votes were cast when Hicks won. Over 37 million Americans- 200 million viewers worldwide, tuned in to crown Hicks the Season 5 winner of AMERICAN IDOL, making it one of the most-watched TV events of the last decade.
Hicks’ star continued to rise after he stepped off of the IDOL stage. Less than three weeks later, his debut single, “Do I Make You Proud,” entered at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100, Pop 100 and Single Sales Charts. People magazine named him “Hottest Bachelor of the Year”.
His self-titled album (Arista) debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 and was quickly certified RIAA Platinum. In 2007, he penned a best-selling autobiography, “Heart Full of Soul” (Random House). Hicks is the first male IDOL winner featured on a Grammy Award-winning album, Jimmy Fallon’s, “Blow Your Pants Off,” (2013’s Grammy for Best Comedy Album).
On Broadway, Hicks starred in the hit musical, GREASE, as Teen Angel, subsequently joining the 18-month national tour.
In 2012, he began his residency at Bally’s Las Vegas. As a testament to his musical talent and showmanship, Hicks received a year-long extension at a larger venue, Paris Las Vegas, making him the first Idol winner in history to secure a long-term residency in Vegas.
As his act became one of Vegas’ most sought after, he earned an exclusive commitment to Caesars Entertainment, bringing his soulful sound to Caesars properties across the country.
During this time, he returned to TV as an actor, guest-starring on LAW & ORDER: SVU.
Hicks applied his entrepreneurial nature to food opening Saw’s BBQ and Juke Joint, a restaurant and live-music venue, in his hometown of Birmingham, AL. Saw’s has earned accolades in ‘Best of BBQ’ lists from NY Times Magazine, Men’s Journal, GQ and more.
Hicks has shared the stage with Snoop Dogg, Willie Nelson, Gladys Knight, Earth Wind and Fire, The Allman Brothers and more.
As a young adult, he was a fixture in the Southeast music scene, performing with stars like James Brown, Tom Petty, Jackson Browne, Robert Randolph, Keb’ Mo’, and Widespread Panic.
He released the independent albums “In Your Time” and “Under the Radar.” Later, they were compiled and released by Vanguard Records as “Early Works.”
Hicks recently joined the star-studded IDOL series finale with millions tuning in to say goodbye.
In true Hicks fashion, he’s plowing ahead full steam – touring the U.S., writing an album and filming for his latest venture in television. He will star in his own show as the host of STATE PLATE, a new food and travel series, premiering this fall on INSP.