Artist of the Week: Taylor Hicks

March 09, 2009 02:08:13 GMT

Working with producer Simon Climie, Taylor Hicks is set to drop a new album titled 'The Distance' on March 10 under his newly-formed record label Modern Whomp Records.

Artist of the Week: Taylor Hicks
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After being released from his contract with Arista Records, Taylor Hicks refuses to back off from music industry. Believing that "this is turning the page on a new chapter" in his career, he forms a record label Modern Whomp Records. Taking the advantage of "artistic freedom," he is back to studio, making music for his new album "The Distance" and plans to release it across U.S. on March 10.

In the new album, Taylor steps behind songwriting table, co-penning several songs including "Wedding Day Blues", "Seven Mile Breakdown", "Once Upon a Lover of Mine" and "Woman Gotta Have It". Teaming up with producer Simon Climie, who has recorded songs for Eric Clapton, Faith Hill and Carlos Santana, he also works with guitarist Doyle Bramhall II, bassist Nathan East and drummer Abe Laboriel Jr to provide the album's sounds.

"What's Right Is Right", the lead single off the new record has been available for digital purchase since January 27. Driven by funky keyboards and sax work, the mid-tempo song about love and commitment peaked at number 25 on Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart. A music video for the track has also been debuted, providing a look into the crooner performing in a dark lounge with his trademark soulful sound.

"I wanted to create that alone, James Dean feel, and get across my point of what true love is," Taylor says when referring to the romantic set behind the moody, and mature lyrics in the song. "There's a couple with something to overcome, an obstacle. But when you know it's real, what happens with one person happens with another. It also brings out the idea that there might be a little bit of longing for true love in me. I know true, real love is out there."

Since becoming the winner of the fifth season of "American Idol", Taylor Hicks has dropped self-titled debut album, which was certified platinum and peaked at number two on Billboard Hot 200. He has also toured through Asia, performing with Willie Nelson, Widespread Panic, The Allman Brothers Band as well as Jackson Browne. In the beginning of 2009, he embarks on a national U.S. tour with Grease. Fans can log on to MySpace to check his complete tour dates.


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posted by Heh on May 07, 2009
will check it out
posted by Hollywood on Apr 04, 2009
Just loved the Distance. His best yet. Don't know how well it'll do commercially because he's not beloved by the 14 to 24 year olds who are the majority of record buyers. My favorite song from the album, "What's Right is Right.'
posted by Kathy on Mar 09, 2009
Thanks for the heads up. I liked Taylor on AI and will certainly check out his new CD.
posted by toffee on Mar 09, 2009
I love the mystic of Taylor's voice as he takes us on his journey through the Distance. He instills a deep feeling into the soul and brings joy to those who listen. His intensity becomes ours along with a craving for more. This talented entertainer provides a definite plus to the world of music. May his magic continue to grow!
posted by Lois B on Mar 09, 2009
Thanks for your review of Taylor and his new CD. When you listen to his music, you can feel and understand the love of music in his soul. He brings joy to those who really listen in every note he sings. Thanks again!
posted by alm on Mar 09, 2009 took the words right out of my mouth. Real music not computer generated. The sax in What's Right is Right is pure and amazing. Congratulations Taylor Hicks and thanks for the real music.FANTASTIC
posted by Native_son1 on Mar 09, 2009
posted by Louise on Mar 09, 2009
This CD will be a big breakthrough for Taylor Hicks. It relates to so many genres of music. The Distance is a fantastic song along with the heartbreaking Maybe You Should. Thanks for the honest review and selecting Taylor as the Artist of the Week.
posted by visitor on Mar 09, 2009
I'd hardly call a few performances in Manilla shopping malls a tour of Asia.
posted by G. Roller on Mar 09, 2009
Only ONE of many beautiful songs on Taylor's fantastic new album. Thanks for the great review and selection of Taylor as your Artist of the week.
posted by Jareth on Mar 09, 2009
Thanks, I'll have to check this album out.
posted by Eric W. on Mar 09, 2009
Taylor is a great artist and this is a great album without the gimmicktry that permeates most of today's music. A must have.

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