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Taylor Hicks: The Year in Photographs

As the page turns on 2010, we take a moment to remember a few of the year’s many highlights.

January 5, 2010: The live concert DVD “Whomp at the Warfield” is made available for purchase nationwide.  Filmed at the historic Warfield Theatre in San Francisco, the DVD features several songs from the 2006 debut album “Taylor Hicks”. A bonus interview with the artist includes an exclusive acoustic performance of original songs.  Our review:  The concert builds in energy and enthusiasm to the end; bonus content alone is worth the purchase price.

He made the role his own.  From January through May 2010 Taylor Hicks starred in the national tour of GREASE, the musical.  The Variety review of his performance confirmed that “… to his credit and to the audience’s enjoyment, nobody else could be this Teen Angel, and there’s no point in even trying to compare him to Frankie Avalon.”  (Variety review: http://bit.ly/fxeqqu)  (Photo by AJC/Rodney Ho)

These were the final months of a run that began on Broadway in the summer of 2008 and that led several writers to assert that Taylor Hicks had “fallen off the face of the earth”.  We were heartened to learn that his fall was cushioned by audiences that erupted in cheers upon his stage reveal, and by a rather large sum of money.  (http://aol.it/ebIo0B “Taylor Hicks Is Laughing All the Way to the Bank”)

Taylor worked with other volunteers to install siding and paint at a Habitat for Humanity work site in Birmingham, March 2010.  The musician’s commitment to charitable work continued throughout the year; Hicks’ support of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation gave many children a reason to smile during the 2010 holiday season. (Photo by Susan Clayton)

Taylor Hicks performed the national anthem to open the inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, April 11, 2010.  Charles Barkley served as grand marshall, while Randy Owen sang “My Home’s in Alabama”.  Attendance was 50,000+ for the State’s first IndyCar race.  (Photo via taylorhicks.com)  Taylor was also tapped to sing the national anthem at Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2010 NBA playoffs (May).

The American Idol Finale, May 26, 2010.  Photographed behind the scenes with Kelly Clarkson, Paula Abdul, and Crystal Bowersox, the season 5 winner took the stage to perform “Together, We Are One” with other Idol winners. 

Later in the year Taylor would also work with several Idol finalists including Kimberley Locke, Bo Bice, Ace Young, Blake Lewis, and Jason Castro at various charity and holiday events.

Taylor Hicks and Karl Denson rock the 7th Annual Rocky Mountain Power Jam at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom, June 25, 2010.  Several Jam musicians, including Hicks, Denson, Ivan Neville, Eric Krasno, and Adam Deitch will reunite in January 2011 for Jam Cruise 9. (Photo via taylorhicks.com)

A July 25 appearance on Fox & Friends announced the opening of Taylor’s summer 2010 national concert tour in New York City.  A performance at Highline Ballroom later that evening thrilled the crowd, on their feet and dancing to an encore that included a unique and irresistible version of the La Roux hit “Bulletproof”.  (photo by John Felleca

“Back to the Gulf” aired on the CW Network on August 27.  The one hour special paid tribute to Gulf Coast residents and their efforts to recover from the oil spill disaster.  Taylor Hicks performed “What’s Right Is Right” and “Seven Mile Breakdown” from his album, “The Distance”. (Photo by NolaMar)

Taylor also served as Alabama spokesperson for the Gulf Coast; he appeared on MSNBC to discuss the impact of the disaster on his home state, and penned an exclusive editorial on the subject for CNN/Larry King Live, “The Tip of the Oil Iceberg”. 

Robin Roberts, Tuskegee Airman Mitch Higginbotham, and Taylor Hicks at the Life Changing Lives Gala, September 11, 2010.  The Gala benefited Wounded Warrior Project, Susan G. Komen For The Cure (Orange County), and Festival of Children Foundation and was held at the Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel, CA.  (Photo by Albert Evangelista

Hicks would perform at other charity events during 2010, notably the Dawn of a Dream Gala to benefit the children’s cancer research fund at the University of Minnesota, and the Big Oak Ranch Gala to benefit children in need.

The summer national tour continued well into the fall.  Here, Taylor Hicks takes the stage for the Eat to the Beat concert series at Epcot Center, October 9, 2010.  The band played to a large and enthusiastic crowd at all six scheduled shows, and a 2011 reprise is anticipated.  (Photo by Louise/4tay)

He appeared as a contestant on “Don’t Forget the Lyrics”, October 12, 2010 with a spot on rendition of Journey’s “Open Arms”.  Other national television appearances during the year included “Celebrity Ghost Stories” on the Biography Channel, “The Spirit of Mississippi”, and “The Hollywood Christmas Parade” on the Hallmark Channel.  Local television and radio appearances accompanied each stop of the GREASE national tour.

Taylor Hicks sang “Gran Torino” in honor, and by request, of Clint Eastwood at the November 14 Museum of Tolerance International Film Festival Gala.  Accompanied by Loren Gold on piano, Taylor added harmonica to his performance of the title song from the 2008 film. Pictured here are Taylor Hicks, Rabbi Marvin Hier, Mike Melvoin (partially hidden), Clint Eastwood, Tom Scott, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and George Lopez.  (Photo via Museum of Tolerance)

WorkPlay Theatre was sold out for the December 9 Taylor Hicks holiday show in Birmingham.  Ticket holders waited outside the venue for hours to ensure a spot close to the stage.  (Photo by MacPolski)

An unexpected guest appearance by American Idol season 2 winner Ruben Studdard thrilled the WorkPlay crowd; Hicks and Studdard were all smiles during a duet performance of “Woman’s Gotta Have It”.  (Photo by MacPolski)

A Broadway tour, national concert tour, television appearances, benefit performances, and a commitment to the Gulf Coast and its people produced a busy and highly successful year for Taylor Hicks. 

We just hope to keep up with all the good news in 2011!  Cheers, and a happy and healthy New Year to us all.

30 Comments Post a comment
  1. mouser1 #

    My favorite thing about the end of any year is reading “recaps” : Favorites , Bests , Most Memorable , Worsts. It adds perspective to my views and its fun to see 365 days condensed onto one page.

    Thanks girls.

    December 29, 2010
    • It is interesting that we can all look at the same event and draw different conclusions, isn’t it? Thanks for reading!

      December 29, 2010
  2. Jemrah1 #

    Beautifully done – i wonder what 2011 will bring? I can’t wait to see!

    December 29, 2010
    • Thank you, Jemrah1. We’re right there with you, and looking forward to more good music and good times in 2011!

      December 29, 2010
  3. Dee #

    Boy that makes me tired just reading that schedule. LOL. He indeed is one busy entertainer. I hope he’s getting some well deserved rest until the cruise.

    December 29, 2010
    • Yes, better to sleep now; the JC9 Jam Room will rock all night long!

      December 29, 2010
  4. Margaret #

    Wow, what a year! Fabulous recap. Best wishes to Mr. Hicks in 2011.

    December 29, 2010
    • 2010 was a great year. Thanks for all that you’ve shared with us this year, Margaret. It’s much appreciated, and the poster that you and Jenni designed remains a favorite momento.

      December 29, 2010
  5. louise #

    Thank you so much for this walk down memory lane. 2010 was a top year for Taylor and I am so happy to have been a witness to a lot of it. Thanks to the fans who share. Taylor has much to celebrate in 2010 and into the new year!9

    December 29, 2010
    • Many thanks go to you, Louise, for the stunning photos and heartfelt recaps that you’ve shared with us in 2010. The 2011 calendar that you and others created has a prominent place on my desktop.

      December 29, 2010
  6. Tempe #

    Thanks for this recap of Taylor’s year! He is everywhere! I do wish him an even better 2011 and we’ll be right there enjoying it too.

    December 29, 2010
    • Thanks, Tempe. I have a feeling that 2011 is gonna rock; got some comfortable shoes?!

      December 29, 2010
  7. Jeanne (Girl4Reba) #

    Fantastic!! Thank you so much!

    December 29, 2010
  8. Thank YOU, Jeanne. Appreciate all that you do to keep us all up-to-date, and your consistently cheerful and positive “tweets”!

    December 29, 2010
  9. medolark #

    This is a really great tool to show to those not up to speed on Taylor when they say “What ever happened to Taylor Hicks”?”, and this is only this year alone. Thanks for a quick cap of the last year minus all of the concerts. Ü

    December 29, 2010
    • Thank you, medolark. Those were some mighty fine concerts, too. Hope there will be many more shows this year for us all to enjoy. A new kind of country??

      December 29, 2010
  10. Great job THN! I know it must have taken a lot of time to do this write up and choose the perfect photos. All we have to do is sit back and enjoy. Thanks so much for all your hard work this past year.

    The same can be said of Taylor- we just have to sit back and enjoy! It was exciting to be at the Fox and Friends appearance and even though I only made it to one show this year, the memory has stayed with me all these months later. He’s a great performer.

    December 29, 2010
    • The memory of your Fox & Friends recap, and the story of the missing harmonica has stayed with me all year! Just too good. Please go to more events and send us the write-ups! It’s a small world after all, caryl; go to Mississippi!

      December 29, 2010
  11. Gr8fulheart #

    What an amazing year this has been for Taylor. Here’s to a remarkable ‘2011’ for a man who deserves all the best a truly happy life can bring.
    We Love You, Taylor♥

    December 29, 2010
  12. hicksfan7 #

    GREAT year Tay – and GREAT Recap taylorhicksnews! I still can’t believe Taylor came to MN TWICE this year – and I had great seats both times! Wooohooo!
    Cheers everybody!

    December 29, 2010
  13. tishtx #

    What a wonderful look back at Taylor’s 2010. I didn’t get to attend any of the concerts this year but thoroughly enjoyed all the reports, pictures and videos brought by the fans and by the great people here at THN. Thanks and Happy New Year. I can’t wait to see what 2011 brings for Taylor and his Soul Patrol. 🙂

    December 30, 2010
    • You’re overdue for a concert, tishtx. This is your year! Hope both the concert and your year are the best.

      December 30, 2010
  14. What a great look back at 2010! I thoroughly enjoyed remembering all these great events! Thanks for all you do to promote Taylor, THN! You’re a treasure!

    December 31, 2010
    • Thank you for reading, Diane. Thank you as well for all the media/concert recaps, not to mention the encouragement that you’ve shared throughout 2010. It’s appreciated!

      December 31, 2010
  15. J. #

    Sure was a fun year with T. Can’t wait to see what he does in 2011.

    Thanks THN. You do a great job promoting Taylor on twitter and on this blog. : )

    January 1, 2011
  16. Thanks, J. We’re anticipating some wonderful new opportunities for Taylor Hicks in 2011. Gonna be fun to see what they are!

    January 1, 2011
  17. mrzhicks714 #

    loveeee it ❤

    April 24, 2012

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