Taylor Hicks

Taylor Reuben Hicks ( born October 7, 1976 in Birmingham, Alabama) is an American soul singer, songwriter and musician. His breakthrough came in early 2006 by winning the fifth season of American Idol in.


Taylor Hicks grew up in the state of Alabama, and developed his musical talent without any formal training. His interest was primarily in the soul and R & B music, especially Ray Charles was one of his musical heroes. His first music competition he won in high school. Then he began to study economics at Auburn University, but the study then broke in favor of a musical career and moved to Nashville.

Already in 1997, a live album was released under the title In Your Time. In the following years he established himself as a live musician and was engaged for artists such as James Brown and the Drive-By Truckers for the preliminary program. In the meantime, he also appeared with the band Passing Through. In 2005 he undertook his first studio album, Under the Radar trying to get into the music business. He also competed in the same year to participate in the talent show American Idol. Although he was one of the older candidates with 30 years and more was an atypical candidate, which was reinforced by his prematurely gray hair, he was able to convince the audience musically and could win the competition without even having to jump-off.

Already pre- released the song Takin ' It to the Streets, originally performed by the Doobie Brothers, with Hicks in the round of twelve had come and was released on the compilation album of the show. He first came into the U.S. charts. After the final then end of June 2006 was the official winner of the Song Do I Make You Proud? brought out. He sold in the first week more than 100,000 times and popped straight to # 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, stayed there only 1 week. Overall, his single Do I Make You Proud? only 2 weeks in the Top 10 singles chart. At the end of the album then appeared Taylor Hicks. It debuted at # 2 on the Billboard 200 and reached platinum status in a short time. Other songs did not make it into the official singles chart, but he was able to place Just to Feel That Way and Heaven Knows two songs in the top 20 of the adult contemporary charts.

In the following years, Taylor Hicks was to be seen, inter alia, as a musical actor in Grease in the role of Teen Angel on Broadway and on tour. The next album, The Distance appeared in 2009. It reached the top 58 and contained with What 's Right Is Right another adult contemporary hit.




  • 2006: Takin ' It to the Streets
  • 2006: Do I Make You Proud
  • 2007: Just to Feel That Way
  • 2007: Heaven Knows
  • 2009: What 's Right Is Right
  • 2009: Seven Mile Breakdown
  • 2010: SOS (Save My Body, Save My Soul )