Filmed at The Workplay Theater in Birmingham, AL 9-26-09 with Ona Watson.
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Saturday, February 23, 2008
Taylor Hicks Accepts American Music Award from Alabama Hall of Fame
Alabama's own American Idol 2006, Taylor Hicks never expected to see "Soul Patrol" signs when his plane landed in Jakarta, Indonesia.
"It's amazing the responses I had in Asia," said the Birmingham native, who's as famous for his head of salt and pepper hair as he is for his soulful singing and harmonica playing. "I'm blessed to have such a dedicated group of fans."
These days, he's living on the road. "There are four pieces of luggage that I carry with me at all times, and I call that my apartment," he said. "I'm letting the music carry me where it needs to go."
He's also doing a lot of writing and making plans for his next project, for which he will have more creative control. That pleases him a lot.
It's thrilling to be part of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, he said. On Friday, he received the 2008 America's Music Award. It was thrilling to just be in the same room with all the legends of music.
"I'd buy a ticket just to go," he said.
Taylor and the legendary Percy Sledge ("When A Man Loves a Woman")
Musicians and movie stars Donnie Fritts and his buddy Kris Kristofferson made time after a press conference Thursday to be part of a video salute to the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind's 150th anniversary.
The two are in town for the Alabama Music Hall of Fame's annual induction ceremony and dinner. Fritts is being honored with a 2008 Lifework Award. He has known Kristofferson for about 40 years. Kristofferson turned down a movie project to be here to support his friend and will perform for the crowd.
American Idol Taylor Hicks also stopped by to record a greeting for the AIDB. Check Saturday's Montgomery Advertiser for more details.
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Reporters Teri Greene, Robyn Bradley Litchfield and Ken Mullinax contributed to this story.
American Idol and 2008 America’s Music Award honoree Taylor Hicks also stopped by to record a greeting for the AIDB, capping it off with his signature head jerk and “Woo, Soul Patrol!”
Hicks followers like Rhonda Huffman of Montgomery were out in full force.
“I am a Soul Patrol member, which means I’m a BIG Taylor Hicks fan. He has the voice of an angel, and he’s a non-stop entertainer,” she said. “His performance always knocks it right out of the park, and it’s great that he’s from Alabama, too.”
Videos to check out:
Taylor singing "Soul Thing"
Taylor singing "Before He Cheats"
Taylor accepting his "American Music Award"!