Taylor Hicks performs at the 2012 Republican National Convention

The main musical act of the 2012 Republican National Convention was none other than Taylor Hicks, backed by the G.E. Smith Band led by Taylor’s musical Director Brian Less.

After a round of media interviews earlier in the day. Taylor took the stage just before the now legendary speech by Clint Eastwood. Taylor had the crowd rocking with his version of the Doobie Brothers’ “Takin It To The Streets”. Delegates on the floor were boogie-ing during Taylor’s blazing harp solo. Watch the performance below courtesy PBS.

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Taylor Hicks completes his first residency at Bally’s Las Vegas

Taylor Hicks’ first residency at the Indigo, Bally’s, Las Vegas was a huge success and met with rave reviews from the Vegas press and fans alike. Backed by a six-piece band featuring  guest guitarist Jamie McClean of Jamie McClean Band, For two months in the summer of 2012, five nights a week, Hicks roared through an eclectic set featuring Southern Rock, Country, Original Tunes, American Idol favorites, and songs by Quintessential Vegas artists such as Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra.

Within the intimate Indigo showroom, crowds kept getting  bigger as buzz of Taylor’s high-energy show was spread by word-of-mouth. Eventually the show was extended an extra week, and rumors abound that talks are in the works for the Taylor Hicks show be extended long-term.

Further dates will be announced at http://taylorhicks.com

Taylor Hicks announces Residency at Bally’s Las Vegas

The Birmingham, Ala., native has signed on with Caesars Entertainment-owned Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel and Casino for a three-month residency starting June 26. “It’s a true full-circle moment for me,” Hicks tellsThe Hollywood Reporter.

This marks the first time an American Idol alum has secured a residency on the Las Vegas Strip.

Advance ticket sales begin Monday, April 23 at 10 a.m. and are available by calling (888) 746-7784 or (702) 777-7776, and will be available in person at the Bally’s Box Office and online at ballyslasvegas.com beginning Monday, May 21, 2012.

After “American Idol” What Next? Taylor Hicks Follows TV Success with Solo Career

by Dean M Shapiro

…Hicks, whose latest tour will take him to Beau Rivage Casino & Resort in Biloxi this weekend, hasn’t let any grass grow under his feet either. Five years after his big win he may not have the instant name recognition as some of his other fellow winners but he is following his dream and doing what he loves and enjoys: a path he began following long before he showed up on the radar screen of national TV….

Full story here: http://www.neworleans.com/attractions/entertainment-articles/new-orleans-music/562008-after-american-idol-what-next-taylor-hicks-follows-tv-success-with-solo-career.html

Taylor Hicks On Jam Cruise: ‘I Had a Blast!’

From The Hollywood Reporter:

Taylor Hicks On Jam Cruise: ‘I Had a Blast!’

The Season 5 ‘American Idol’ winner tells THR it was an honor to sit in with musicians like Robert Randolph, Maceo Parker and Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir.

“I had a blast on the cruise,” Hicks tells the Hollywood Reporter’s Idol Worship. “Fesitval sound and lighting everywhere on the ship, world-class musicians, it was an honor sitting in with them.”

Full Story at the Hollywood Reporter site

Taylor Hicks with Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk

The 7th Annual Rocky Mountain Power Jam was Held at Cervantes in Denver Co, on June 25th, 2010. It was the afterparty for Widespread Panic’s Red Rocks show on Saturday. Taylor Jammed onstage with Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, and the Dyrty Byrds.

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Taylor Hicks at Rocky Mountain Power jamPhoto credit TaylorHicks.com

Taylor with the Dyrty Byrds