It's been a tough years since his "American Idol" winning in May. Yet, Taylor Hicks can get through it very well and as a result of a period of hardwork he will on December 12th later this year have his first ever music album released via Arista.
On the self-titled set, the singer reveals that it will among others consists of such songs, as his versions of the Smokey Robinson classic "Ain't That Peculiar," originally performed by Marvin Gaye, "Wherever I Lay My Hat," written by Gaye, and "Dream Myself Awake," by Rob Thomas.
The LP will, moreover, include "The Right Place," written by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance for Ray Charles shortly before his death. In addition to all, "Taylor Hicks" also includes songs "Soul Thing" and "The Deal", both written by Hicks and released on his second independent album, "Under the Radar," before he auditioned for American Idol.
"It's my take on modern soul music. My album takes pieces of what I learned from Ray (Charles) and from what I hear in today's music. I like some John Legend, Ambulance LTD. I like some of the modern beats of Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake. I like some John Legend. My musical sensibility goes way beyond the two minutes of Idol," Hicks told People.