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Saturday, December 27, 2008

The Making of a Timeless Record, According to Taylor Hicks

Taylor Hicks gave a few more minor details about his forthcoming album in this new interview with the Minneapolis Star Tribune. A good read if you can get beyond the unnecessary crap in the first sentence. Some things never change I guess...

"...Winning "American Idol" doesn't guarantee a successful recording career. Taylor Hicks, the 2006 champ, can't match the CD sales of Chris Daughtry or Kellie Pickler, whom TV viewers rejected that season. But the "Idol" title does open doors, and Hicks is proving to be a careerist.

After parting company with J Records, he took the role of Teen Angel in "Grease" on Broadway in June. This month, he began a six-month road tour with the show that will bring him to the Twin Cities next weekend. During the tour, he will play an occasional club to promote his forthcoming album, "The Distance," due in March on his own label, Modern Whomp. He is previewing his new, untitled single during "Grease" as sort of a curtain-call encore.

Q Why are you performing only the last three days of the Minneapolis engagement?

A I'm gearing up for my new record. I previously booked [some gigs] and the mixing of the record.

Q How have you Taylor-made the part of Teen Angel?

A I took the song and made it fit my style more, with the arranging of some horn parts and also adding harmonica. The costume has a Taylor flair to it, to say the least.

Q What does your famous hair look like in "Grease"?

A Let's just say it's definitely a 1950s look.

Q Tell me about your new album.

A I'm really excited about it. There are some really great story songs on the record. I co-wrote most of the material. Doyle Bramhall plays guitar, Nathan East plays bass, Abe Laboriel Jr. plays drums. My producer is Simon Climie; he's done a lot of Eric Clapton and J.J. Cale records. I wanted somebody who could help me create a timeless record. The album is a great representation of who I am as an artist right now, and that's all I can ask for.

Q Do you keep up with our "Idol" homegirl Paris Bennett?

A I do. I think the world of her. I think she's a wonderful singer. She has a natural ability to perform and sing. I hope I get to see her when I come there.

Q Are you happy with your career path?

A I couldn't be happier. For me, this is a marathon, not a sprint. The longevity aspect to me is the most important. Doing Broadway theater and looking at movie roles and writing music and putting out CDs -- you have to be well-rounded if you want longevity in a career..."

2 comments:

Trixi said...

Some people just can't help but to compare. Once again comparing apples with oranges.

As Taylor states..he wants to be a well rounded entertainer. Can't ask for more than that.

taylorfan06 said...

Taylor is head and shoulders above all the "idols".
His talent, charm, AND looks will always keep him #1 in my book. I can't wait for the the new CD and I REALLY hope the new single makes it onto the airwave early next month. Taylor said long ago "give me a chance". I'm SO glad I did and I love all you other fellow fans who did the same.

I think that 2009 will be a GREAT year for Taylor and I hope to see those not with Taylor yet will give him that chance. Seeing him LIVE will be an experience they won't forget.

I love ALL his music and look forward to loving the new tracks from "The Distance". In my opinion he has already gone the distance, but with the Taylor the sky is the limit.

I plan on seeing Taylor in Grease in March AND May, buying his CD, and his DVD (WATW), as well as the tour which hopefully be here (West coast) in Summer or Fall. I'll definitely "be there, be there, BE THERE!!!)