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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year to Taylor Hicks and the Soul Patrol!

Happy New Year's to Taylor Hicks and the Soul Patrol! We hope you have a blessed and happy 2009! We thought we would bring back this wonderful video, that reminds us of Taylor's accomplishments in 2008. Enjoy! 2009 will bring a new journey for all of us , we look forward to seeing you there!

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

With Inspiration from Taylor Hicks, Happy Holidays from Taylor's Angels!

As we enjoy family and friends during this holiday season, we are reminded of the many blessings we have shared within the Soul Patrol Community. Not even two years ago, we each were separate, not knowing the boundless opportunities and friendships that waited as Taylor Hicks captured his dream. Now, our community is like a tapestry, woven together to support the career and artistry of the phenomenal talent of Taylor Hicks.

In celebration of the incredible accomplishments of individuals and groups within the Soul Patrol and to wish Taylor Hicks a joyous holiday season we, with your help, compiled this video that is now on it's way to Taylor himself! Our heartfelt gratitude is extended to each of you who assisted us in making this keepsake 2008 DVD.

For those who participated, a complimentary copy is on the way! Thanks also for your support throughout the year in our efforts to help others in need and to “Tay it Forward”!

And finally to Taylor himself:

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Thank you for giving of yourself and making a difference in so many lives. As you have blessed us, it is our prayer that you and your family and friends will have a joyous holiday season and that the New Year be full of blessings!

Merry Christmas and a wonderfully successful 2009! May God continue to bless and guide you!

~ Leslie, Tina and Teri

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Friday, December 05, 2008

Taylor Hicks... On The Road Again!

Taylor Hicks is on the road again reprising his role as "Teen Angel" in the national touring production of Grease! He has just finished recording a new CD which is due to be released February 10th, along with a new DVD called "Whomp At The Warfield".
Taylor will also start his own national tour later in 2009!
According to Taylor, the fans will get a preview of the single from that CD, during the Grease shows once the single is released.

" Once the album is finished, I will be doing a single off of the record. And then I will be doing a very intimate national club tour alongside the Grease tour, hopefully in each market we perform in. I'm pretty excited that the new music will start to grow legs from a live perspective. I'm actually going into really cool, intimate clubs across the country, performing new material before I go out on tour myself." ~ Taylor Hicks (interview with Sherry Lipton)

Taylor In The Studio

"My idea for this record was to try and find the greatest songs I possibly could. For me, having the time to be able to write and to be able to have those songs around me for an extended amount of time... I wanted to kind of live with the songs for awhile. I feel like my instincts on Idol were very similar to my instincts on this record. I've tried to really put great songs around me. In today's music - if you buy a CD, a whole album of songs - a lot of the songs are often similar in the way that they sound. But for me, there's a lot of different styles that I think are reflective of my artistic expression. I think with this record I've been able to hopefully take the listener on a musical journey into the songs I've written, and a lot of them touch on different styles. But the common thread is my voice. There's a lot of storytelling in the songs. I've been able to hop into different genres and pull out the greatest music that I can." ~ Taylor Hicks ( interview with Sherry Lipton)

For more information on Grease tour dates please visit :

Taylor's Angels wishes Taylor Hicks all the best on his new journey! See ya on the road!

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Friday, November 21, 2008

In the Spirit of Thanksgiving, Taylor Hicks Fans Bring Smiles to Children

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Give a smile to a child…

The Official Soul Patrol and The Taylor Hicks Community Birmingham Angel Tree

The bright lights of Christmas may be a little dim this year. We can change that…at least in a few Birmingham homes. This is a year when we really need to give from our hearts and provide a happy Christmas for another group of Birmingham area children this year. The 2008 Angel Tree is up and decorated. Angels are waiting for you to adopt them.

The and The Taylor Hicks Community have teamed up with the Birmingham Salvation Amy to operate their own online Angel Tree.

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Last year, and The Taylor Hicks Community provided a much- needed Christmas to 10 children in Taylor’s home town with over $1,000 in donations and gifts.

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The 2008 Angel Tree is like the ones you find in the mall each year. Presents of new toys and clothing are given to children of needy families in the Birmingham area. The Angel Tree will be done completely online, and the gifts you buy will be boxed up and mailed back to the Birmingham Salvation Army. Or, if you prefer, you can make a cash or credit card donation to the Angel Tree project via the link on the 2008 Angel Tree. ANY amount that you can give will be greatly appreciated. All donations will first be used for gifts for children on the Angel Tree. Any leftover funds will be used to adopt additional Angels from one of the other Birmingham Salvation Army’s Angel Trees. A Birmingham area super shopper will buy and deliver the presents to the Salvation Army.

The last day that you can adopt an Angel or make a donation online is November 30, 2008. All gifts must be received by the Birmingham Salvation Army no later than December 5, 2008. Complete information about purchasing and mailing gifts for your Angel will be sent to you with the Angel Card when you adopt an Angel.

Please adopt a Birmingham Angel!

For more information, click here:

Know the real spirit and joy of the Holidays. As we all celebrate with our family and friends, we can also light up the faces of our Birmingham Angels who will have the fun and excitement of opening presents!

Give generously from your heart!


Happy Thanksgiving from Taylor’s Angels!

At this time of the year, we are always reminded of the bountiful blessings received throughout the year. In our refection of this past year, we count each of you a true blessing and thank you for being a part of our mission- “Taying it Forward”. You have given of yourselves and helped make a difference in the lives of others. Because of you, we can look to the months ahead and know that many more people who would not otherwise have the opportunity will enjoy the phenomenal talents of Taylor Hicks and his music.

As you have blessed us with your generosity, we sincerely hope that you and your family will have a “bountiful harvest” this Thanksgiving!

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Monday, November 17, 2008

Taylor Hicks' New England Soul Patrol Inspires Others to Give


When people come together with a common goal, anything is possible! That’s been the philosophy of NESP (The New England Soul Patrol) since it’s founding in Portland, Maine in September 2006. This organization started as a regional group supporting the music and artistry of Taylor Hicks. However, the reputation of the NESP has grown beyond the boundaries of the New England states. Taylor Hicks fans from all over the country have now joined in the organization’s unique ways of celebrating the charitable giving inspired by Taylor himself.


Again this holiday season, NESP continues its’ mission of helping children and families in need. Their third annual holiday ornament sale benefits the Home for Little Wanderers, America's oldest (1799) and New England's largest non-profit child and family service agency. The Home provides services to thousands of children and families each year throughout Eastern Massachusetts. Their programs provide mentoring, tutoring and therapeutic assistance, fostering and adoption, residential care, and independent living support for children "aging out" of the foster system.


But beyond the group efforts of NESP, members are spreading their generosity in their own communities.
Mari crochets and donates hats and scarves to keep our needy neighbors warm.
Indigo810 bakes pies for Thanksgiving baskets and participates in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree, which provides new clothing and toys for children of needy families.
OBG and Indigo810 participate in Operation Christmas Child, which sends millions of shoeboxes filled with gifts to needy children around the world.
• The SegerHicks family donates to the local food pantry and buys gifts for children who have very little.
Amyrebo donates to the Maine Sea Coast Mission. The Mission provides spiritual, health, and youth programs to coastal and island communities.
Tricia and Born17yrs2Late donate coats and sweaters to the Windham Women’s Club Annual Coat drive. Born17yrs2Late also rakes leaves for the elderly and Tricia sponsors a child through Operation Santa Claus.
• The Duff family donates to the Vermont Achievement Center, which provides education and support opportunities to children and families in Vermont.
• The THawks family walks in Philadelphia for Brian’s Pride and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Uhadmeatwoohoo donates musical instruments to a Cape Cod after school program.


Taylor’s Angels salutes NESP for their spirit of giving! As they head into another year, we have no doubt that they will continue to live by the credo, “doing well by doing good.”

If you’d like to learn more about NESP, visit the website at

And once again, Taylor's Angels would like to remind you to send us your pics, greetings and short videos for Taylor's Christmas DVD! If you contribute to NESP or any of the Soul Patrol charities this Christmas, you will receive a FREE high quality copy! Submit them to:

Written by Tricia, NESP
Edited by Tina (DidNotExpectThat
Taylor Photos by Tina (DidNotExpectThat)

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Join Taylor Hicks to Help Support the Children of Alabama

As part of Taylor’s Angels series highlighting various charities that are accomplishing great things this holiday season as a result of the inspiration of Taylor Hicks, we are proud to feature our first charity, Kid One Patrol of Soul (KOPS). KOPS is a very special group who is sponsoring several incredible and fun events that we are sure you will want to support! Remember that all proceeds go to Kid One Transport, one of Taylor’s favorite charities located in his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama. And the best part is not only will you be helping countless children receive much needed medical care, you will also be eligible to win some awesome prizes! Taylor’s Angels is proud to feature the KOPS “Booking it for Kid One”, “Jolly Old St. Nick Hicks Picks” and “A Year Full of Heart and Soul” 2009 Taylor Hicks calendar! We hope that everyone will join together with Taylor and support the children of Alabama!

"Bookin' It For Kid One" Holiday Book Drive!


During the 2007 & 2008 holiday seasons, the Soul Patrol generously donated 3080 Beanie Babies for the children of Kid One Transport! The joy each baby brought to these wonderful children was priceless! The joy those of us who participated felt, was overwhelming! The feeling of making a difference in the lives of the children can never be measured.This year, Kid One has asked KOPS to organize a book drive with the Soul Patrol hoping to collect as many Children and Young Teen books as possible for the 2008 Holiday season. The books will be handed out to each of the children traveling to their medical appointments during the month of December.What a wonderful gift for the kids this year! The ages of the children range between 1 and 18, so please look for books older children would enjoy, as well!Visit your dollar stores or book stores and purchase as many books as you would like to donate to the kids this holiday season. Mail the books directly to Kid One and they will do the rest! Book donations need to be delivered to Kid One by November 22, 2008 so the children can receive their books starting December 1st!KOPS would like to thank those who participate in this project by holding a drawing for a wonderful gift package filled with some very unique Taylor Hicks items along with a one of a kind Soul Patrol necklace.

Purchase and mail at least two books to Kid One Transport for your first chance in the drawing. For every book you purchase thereafter, you will receive additional chances in the drawing!

Please mail your books to:
Kid One Transport
12 Office Park Circle, Suite 115
Birmingham, AL 35223
Attention: Tracee

After you have mailed your books, it is important that you email Karen at Let her know the number of books you donated and your name will be entered in the drawing to be held December 8.

Your donation is tax deductible.


Join KOPS and Kid One and Play Jolly Old Saint Hicks Picks

Old Saint Hicks has a bag of Goodies for the Soul Patrol!
Play, Pick, Win!

Each player will be given the chance to pick one box which will secretly hold either 1, 2 or 3 chances in a dozen drawings with the opportunity to win one of the following:

· Autographed Harmonica
· Autographed Guitar Shaped Music Box
· Custom designed Soul Patrol Necklace
· Custom Ceramic Plate Painted by Taylor Hicks
· Autographed Alabama Beanie Baby
· Autographed Photo Collage of Taylor Hicks
· Autographed Copy of Heart Full of Soul (2 copies available)
· Autographed Taylor Hicks Bookmark (2 available)
· Framed Photo of Taylor Hicks – The Early Years
· Exclusive Demo Single Recorded by Taylor Hicks

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Jolly Old St. Hicks knows his fans have been good this year and wants everyone to win something special. Everyone who chooses to support Kid One by playing will win something from his bag of Goodies, 12 lucky players will win top prizes! The more you play, the better your chances to win!

Let’s Get Started!

1. Visit and click on Jolly Old St. Hicks photo at the top of the page.
2. Choose one of the three Gift Boxes – Click your box.
3. You will be taken to the KOPS Pay Pal page where you will make your payment of $5 for Kid One Transport.
4. After the payment process has been completed, you will be redirected to a Thank you page where you will learn how many times your name has been entered into the drawing.
5. Play as often as you like – each pick is only $5 and it all goes to help Kid One this Christmas. Each time you play, you will have the chance to win up to 3 tries for the top prizes.

Please email with any questions.

"A Year Full of Heart and Soul" 2009 Taylor Hicks Calendar


The 2006 American Idol winner, Taylor Hicks introduced his fans, the Soul Patrol, to the important service Kid One Transport provides for the children and expectant mothers of Alabama. The Soul Patrol gladly took on the cause to support Kid One and helped to create this wonderful calendar.This full color wall calendar opens to a perfectly sized 11" x 14" and is filled with photos of Taylor Hicks while at concerts, events and appearances. Soul Patrol members added their own touches with pictures of Meet and Greets with Taylor as well as Soul Patrol Buddy shots and birthdays to remember and celebrate.Order your calendars now. Quantities are limited and they will sell out fast!The cost is $20.00 per calendar plus a $2.50 shipping and handling fee per order. To order just click on the link and follow the instructions!


And please do not forget that by contributing to ANY of these wonderful charities we will be highlighting, you will receive a free copy of the DVD we are putting together for Taylor! If you have not sent in your Christmas greeting for Taylor, you still have time! The deadline is December 1st. Email your pictures, 30 second videos and greetings to :

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Happy Halloween Soul Patrol! No Tricks Here, Just Taylor Hicks Treats!

Happy Halloween ! We thought it would be fun to take a look back at the Ford commercials during American Idol Season 5! Taylor Hicks and the rest of that wonderful bunch did a fantastic job ! A Halloween Treat for all!

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Taylor's Angels Highlights The Soul Patrol's Spirit of Giving

Help make a holiday DVD for Taylor Hicks!

As the holiday season rapidly approaches, we know that many of you would enjoy sending Taylor a special holiday greeting. Many are even involved in holiday projects to help charitable organizations and others in need on Taylor’s behalf. In this spirit of community, Taylor’s Angels will compile a DVD highlighting the efforts of Taylor’s Soul Patrol and also wishing him a joyous 2008 holiday season. The DVD will be given to Taylor as a keepsake of his fan’s efforts during the year. So let’s all get involved and let Taylor know that we are behind him during this special time of the year!

Please submit video greetings no longer than 30 seconds in length, pictures or any other means to highlight yourself or special projects you have been involved with on Taylor’s behalf to If you want text added to any picture, you can simply let us know what you want to say in your email and we will do that for you. We will then take each submission and compile the keepsake DVD for Taylor.

Now, here is the special bonus! We would also like to extend the DVD offer to each of you who makes a donation to your board’s designated charity/charities. After confirmation with the board owners, we will send each member who makes a charitable donation on the board’s behalf a free DVD!

In order to compile the DVD, the deadline for submission of video, picture or other media is December 1, 2008. If you have any questions, please email us at

Let’s all join together to show Taylor our support and to wish him a very special holiday!

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Friday, October 17, 2008

Taylor's Angels Set To Help Those In Need See Grease!

Now that Taylor Hicks is touring nationally with Grease, Taylor’s Angels would like to be instrumental in providing tickets to those who would not otherwise have the opportunity to experience a Taylor Hicks performance! We hope to send current fans as well as charitable organizations to his concerts across the country. If you are in need of financial help in obtaining a Grease ticket, know of someone who needs assistance, or can simply recommend a worthy charity in any of the cities in which Grease will play, please email names and contact information to: Also let us know the city and date for which you want the ticket provided. We will do our best to meet your need!

If you would like to be a part of “TAYING IT FORWARD” by GIFTING a ticket to either a fan or a charity, you may also email us at: and let us know that you are on board and ready to help by purchasing a ticket. We want as many as possible to experience a live performance by Taylor and will need the wonderful support of Taylor’s Soul Patrol to make dreams come true for those in need.

In the spirit of Taylor Hicks and his inspiration to us all, we are excited that Taylor is once again touring nationally and that many will be able to experience his wonderful performances!

Click the link below to check out Grease performance dates and venues!

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Thursday, October 09, 2008

Taylor Hicks Visits Good Day Alabama!

Taylor Hicks was on Fox's Good Day Alabama this morning with news about his upcoming CD, the Grease tour and more!

"The national tour of “Grease” will offer a unique hybrid for Hicks, he says.

“We’re going to cross-promote this record with the `Grease’ tour,” he says. “I’ll be allowed to perform my single in the show on tour.”

Most importantly, it offers fans a chance to experience Hicks live, which he says is crucial to his success."


Click here to watch the interview !

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Sunday, October 05, 2008

Taylor Hicks.. Have A Happy Birthday!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TAYLOR!!!! On behalf of all of your fans, Taylor's Angels would like to wish you a fabulous birthday and we hope all of your dreams come true! Enjoy your day, Taylor! You deserve it!

In honor of Taylor, we would like to not only celebrate by remembering the mid-70's, including 1976, the year of Taylor's birth. Please click on Taylor's picture below for a fun and funky celebration of the mid-70's.

Birthdays are also for looking back, right? So, we thought we'd revive some favorite fan-made videos from the past couple of years. Enjoy!!

An American Idol Season 5 recap to Living for the City by MyRidesHere:

Dancing Tribute to My Boogie Shoes by rugratnat14

Alabama State of Mind by twitterpated

Heaven Knows by KarinP

OldieButGoodie has made a special Happy Birthday video from the Montgomery Soul Patrol!

And to add the collection we have Karin P.'s "Trip Around the Sun" for 2007-2008.
A wonderful look at Taylor's accomplishments this year!!

Click on Taylor's picture to get Funky at the Retro Blog!

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Thursday, September 04, 2008

Grease's Kirsten Wyatt Discusses Broadway, Taylor Hicks and American Idol

Kirsten Wyatt has been performing on Broadway along side of Taylor Hicks this summer. In the role of Frenchy, Kirsten has watched the ice cream cone descend many times and has listened to the teen angel’s plea to go back to high school. Kirsten has graciously granted Taylor’s Angels an insight into her background, her career and her thoughts on Taylor and American Idol. We thank Kirsten for this fantastic interview and wish her continued success in her career!

TA: Tell us about Kirsten. Where did you grow up and how did you get involved in the theater?

Kirsten: I did most of my growing up in Clarksburg, West Virginia. Both of my parents are music teachers/musicians so there was always music in my home. When I was around 10 years old my mom asked me if I wanted to try out for our community theater's production of "The Wizard of Oz." I remember people laughing while I was auditioning on the stage and I was hooked. After my raging success as the Farmer Munchkin I stayed involved in the community theater and was lucky enough to go to a public high school with a very active theater program.

TA: We have read that you studied music in Cincinnati-- besides voice, did you study any other instruments?

Kirsten: I was very fortunate to go to college at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where I majored in Musical Theater. It is one of the most respected musical theater programs in the country and their specialty is turning out "triple threats." A triple threat is a performer who can sing, dance and act equally well. So while I was there my days were filled with acting and dance classes and I didn't have the chance to study any instruments besides voice. Although in high school I played both piano and French horn.

TA: Have you done any television/movies or did you go directly into theater?

Kirsten: My career has pretty much been exclusively theater although I would love to get a few more TV shows and films on my resume. I did do an episode of "All My Children" many years ago where I was embarrassingly bad. Please don't look for it.

TA: How many auditions would you say you went on before landing your first Broadway role? Were you already living in NY or did you move to NY in order to accept that role?

Kirsten: My first Broadway role was standing by for the roles of Sally and Lucy in the Broadway revival of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown." (FYI- A standby is an actor who is off stage and goes on when the person usually playing the role is not able to do the show.) I have no idea how many auditions I had been on but I had moved to NYC right after I graduated from college the year before so it couldn't have been too many. I was pretty lucky.

Kirsten and DiDi Cohn( Frenchy from the Grease Film)

TA: You were part of a national touring company for a Broadway production-- what challenges did you face "on the road"? How long did that last? What are the advantages/disadvantages to being part of a touring company?

Kirsten: I have toured twice in my career. The first time was the national tour of "Urinetown the Musical" and I was on the road for 4 months. The second tour was a production of "The Boy Friend" that was directed by Julie Andrews. That tour was 9 months in total, although we were in Connecticut at the Goodspeed Opera House for the first three months so we weren't too far from home. The most challenging aspect of touring or being out of town for any job is having to be away from my husband. He is a jazz musician (tenor saxophone is his instrument) so he understands that touring is part of my business. It's part of his business as well and he spends a good amount of time on the road. We are both very passionate about what we do and we know sometimes you have to be away from home to do it. Technology has certainly made it easier - when Sean was in China last year we were able to use a program called Skype on our computers and it allowed us to video chat almost nightly. We also had a three week rule that we tried to stick to when I was touring the country - he would come out to visit or I would come home for my day off every three weeks. That, obviously, got pretty expensive - but worth every penny. Speaking of days off the other challenging thing about touring is that you don't really get them. All of your days off are spent traveling to the next city. That's when it is really beneficial to love the people you are touring with because there really is no one else around. I was lucky both times to tour with a great group of people. We were like one big happy, crazy family. And I am so grateful to still call a lot of those people I toured with my closest friends. Being on the road can be a blast. It can be hard to be away from home but you get to see the country, make a little money and you always have a TON of hilarious stories to tell.

TA: Tell us about the other plays you have performed in. Which one has been your favorite?

Kirsten: I have a few favorites. When I was in college I did a show called "Das Barbecu" which is a parody of Wagner's "Ring Cycle" done Country Western style. It was hilarious. There were only six of us in the cast and each of us played at least ten different roles. So whenever you were offstage you were frantically changing costumes to make your next entrance. Exhausting but really fun. I also really enjoyed playing Peter in "Peter Pan." That was a magical show. I had so much fun fighting pirates, being the leader of the Lost Boys and, of course, flying. But I will say it took sooooooo much energy. I had to live like a nun - not much talking, a lot of gym time and no booze. I think I can say I suffered for my art. My other favorite was a show called "High Fidelity." It was a very short lived show on Broadway (10 performances after we opened) but I really did have the time of my life. It was my first time creating a role and that was such a fantastic and unique opportunity. I learned so much during the process. And the cast and creative team were spectacular. We all really gave our hearts and souls to the project. Maybe financially it was a flop, but for me, artistically and spiritually it was a resounding success.


TA: Who are your heroes and how do they inspire you?

Kirsten: I have been blessed to be surrounded by brilliant women my whole life. My mom, my sister and my mother-in-law are all amazing women who are able to maintain their individuality and take care of everyone around them at the same time. They are always kind and gracious but with strength. My Grammy Appolonia (my mom's mother) is full of light. She just glows. I think it's because she always tends toward the positive and always tries to see the best in people. Oh... and she also walks 3 miles every day. My Grandma Wyatt was a leader in both our family and our community where she served on the Board of Education. She taught me to always be true to myself no matter what. She passed away when I was 16, but her time with me was such a gift because she was such an amazing woman to look up to – she showed me it was possible to do it all.

TA: What would you say to inspire a young person wanting to become an actor?

Kirsten: I have a few things to say on the subject. The first is to learn everything that you can. Study anything and everything because you never know when it will come in handy. The best actors I know are smart and curious. The second thing I would say is to never try to be someone else. When I was first starting out I spent a lot of my time trying to be more like other people when I performed – Kristin Chenoweth or Sandy Duncan or whoever I thought people wanted me to be. As I got older I realized that the best place to start was myself. It feels a lot more rewarding to perform that way. The other thing I have to say may sound a little harsh but I want to be truthful. This business can be full of rejection and frustration. If you are not completely passionate about being an actor then don’t do it. Although, I think the same should be said for anything you do. I’m always dumbfounded by people who say to me “It must be great to do what you love.” I always think to myself “It does feel great. Why don’t you do what you love?”


TA: How does it feel to have Taylor Hicks sing to you every night? Tell us about your "Teen Angel" and these past few months with him. What has this whole experience been like?

Kirsten: Taylor has been so awesome to work with every night. I feel like we work well together and I think we’ve been pretty successful in creating our own unique version of “Beauty School Dropout.” We’ve had a blast making up all our little bits which have kind of evolved over time. He has been great for our show and we are so thankful that he chose to spend some of his time with us at “Grease.”

TA: It was just announced that another American Idol finalist, Ace Young, will be joining the cast of Grease. What are your thoughts on the additions of cast members who have not studied and trained as you have? What do you think of the “draw” that American Idol has had on Broadway?

Kirsten: We are all really excited to have Ace on board. He sounds fantastic and has been nothing but sweet and professional in rehearsals. Plus, he’s super cute. :) I think the trend of having “American Idol” contestants or people who are box office draws but who may not be as experienced is a good thing overall. The bottom line is it gets people to the theater. My hope is that after that experience people will say, “What a great Broadway show. Let’s go see another one. And another one. And another one…” And eventually theater will be a steady source of entertainment for them – whether it’s on Broadway or in their hometown.

TA: Are you living your dream? What are your future goals?

Kirsten: I am, without a doubt, living my dream. I have a beautiful and amazing husband. I have a loving and supportive family. I have a ton of friends who I consider family. I have a great apartment. And I have a fabulous job where I perform for 1100 people every night doing exactly what I love to do. Of course I have other dreams and aspirations - be on a TV show, own a home, travel the world. But I am so grateful from the tips of my toes to the top of my head for all the opportunities I’ve received. “Grease” has been such a fantastic experience for me. At some point during every show I look out and remember being a little girl sitting in the audience saying to myself, “I want to do THAT!” And here I am… it’s pretty freaking awesome.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

The Retro Taylor Hicks

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Taylor's Angels was talking about the various covers that Taylor Hicks played on his tours last year, and it occured to us that most of them were from the 70's and 80's. We thought it would be fun to go back and take a look at the original artist side by side with Taylor's version.
We got a little crazy, and before we knew it, we had gone way back into the beginning of the 70's decade. Click on the above Love poster and take a trip back in time and get a little funky with us! Enjoy!

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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Taylor Hicks' Fans remember the King of Rock 'n Roll

Today, August 16, 2008, marks the 31st anniversary of the death of Elvis Aaron Presley, the King of Rock 'n Roll.

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Born January 8, 1935 in a small, two room shack in Tupelo, Mississippi, Elvis eventually moved to Memphis, Tennessee. There, he purchased for his home the Graceland mansion, a 13.8 acre site that is now used as Elvis' museum. Graceland has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1991 and is the second most visited private residence in the United States, second only to the Whitehouse.

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Every year, thousands of fans come to Memphis, Tennessee and pay tribute to Elvis during his death week. A week long celebration culminates with a candlelight vigil, which is usually attended by tens of thousands of people. The vigil does not end until the last person passes by the Meditation Gardens on the grounds of Graceland where Elvis and his parents are buried.

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Many attempts have been made in the past couple of years to compare Taylor Hicks with Elvis. Some may be a "stretch" and some border on eerie. Whether or not Taylor is or has "channeled" Elvis in any of his performances, the fact remains that Taylor did give tribute to The King in two of his performances during his American Idol competition. Taylor's Angels thought it would be fun to look at these two performances by both men as we take a moment to remember Elvis and appreciate him for the impact that he had on modern music.

Elvis performing "In the Ghetto"

Taylor performing "In the Ghetto"

Elvis performing "Jailhouse Rock"

Taylor performing "Jailhouse Rock"

Taylor and Limbo performing "Call Me the Breeze" at the Elvis Festival in Tupelo, Mississippi -2007

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Elvis' Last Concert 1977

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Taylor Hicks - Early Works CD Available Now!

Taylor Hicks remasters his pre-idol albums, "Under The Radar" and "In Your Time" in this wonderful compilation. A special bonus for his fans and a treat for the new fan!

Available at Target and at Amazon Uk for the International Fans. As always, if someone is unable to obtain this CD and would like one, please email us at:

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

This Taylor Hicks fan goes back to her roots for an amazing evening with Robert Plant and Alison Krauss

Long before there was even the idea of American Idol, I began spending hours listening to the music of Robert Plant. From his days with Led Zepplin, marking him as the iconic rock star, to his involvement with The Honeydrippers and for the next twenty-plus years, the tall cool one has given me hours of music pleasure. I’ve had four chances to see him live in concert in the past two decades, and for reasons I won’t bore you with, the first three fell through. Finally, my dream to see Plant in concert came true last week at the Mud Island Amphitheater in Memphis, Tennessee. No—my dream didn’t come true—it was surpassed. What happened on the banks of the Mississippi River that night was pure magic.

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This spring, Plant began a US/European tour showcasing his latest album, Raising Sand, with Alison Krauss. Although those two are billed as the headliners, they share the stage with five equally amazing musicians. I suppose I expected the concert to focus on the two of them, but I was surprised to find that this wasn’t about Plant or Krauss—this was a concert that celebrated the talents of each of the seven musicians, including the legendary T-Bone Burnett.

Whatever egos there might be, they were checked at the stage door and the seemingly humbled headliners invited us into their lives for two hours of perfect harmony and melody. Plant and Krauss traded solos as well as back-up for each other, and, at times, one of them would even completely leave the stage and let the other shine. For most of the show, Burnett sat in the background, playing guitar, until he wowed the crowd with his one solo Bon Temps Rouler.

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Atop Plant’s trademark rug-covered stage, Rock, Soul, Gospel, Creole, Americana blended beautifully and resonated off the banks of the Mighty Mississippi—not far from Historic Beale Street.

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The violin seemed to become an extension of Krauss herself and her voice was nothing less than haunting when singing Trampled Rose. The near sellout crowd of five thousand people didn’t budge or whisper during this number—we were completely mesmerized by her voice. That same crowd came to its feet during a much bluesier version of Plant’s In The Mood.

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I suppose if I had to miss three other shows in exchange for this one evening and suffer over and again the disappointment of just being able to hold a concert ticket in my hand, then it was a price well paid. This night will stay with me for years to come. Yes, Robert Plant—I did see you swing the world by its tail. Thank you for this amazing evening.

Robert Plant montage from Leslie Mozingo on Vimeo.

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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Laura Osnes....Living Her Dream

Taylor's Angels had the pleasure of interviewing the beautiful Laura Osnes, who plays Sandy in the Broadway production of Grease. You will be surprised to see how much this young actress has accomplished in her career and how she is living out her dream.

TA: Tell us about Laura ! Where are you from? When did you become a triple threat?

Laura: I was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I started taking dance lessons when I was five and did my first show in second grade. I was a Munchkin in the Wizard of Oz! My parents encouraged me to follow my dreams and I quickly discovered that theater was my passion. I started taking voice lessons at 12 and continued to do shows professionally in Minneapolis until I graduated high school. I knew performing was what I wanted to do, so I went on to study musical theater at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point for a year. Ever since I can remember, I've wanted to be a famous Broadway actress, when I grew up. It's such a blessing to be living my dream! I never guessed it would happen so soon in my life and through a tv reality show.

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TA: If you weren't singing, dancing and acting what would you be doing?

Laura: Hmmm.... Like I said, this is what I've always wanted to do. But if I wasn't performing, I'd probably be writing children's books or running a dance studio.

TA: We have read that your aunt made sure you auditioned for the Grease reality show. How was that whole experience for you? What was the best/worst part of being on a reality show?

Laura: I was playing the role of Sandy in a regional production of Grease and first heard about NBC's " Grease- You're The One That I Want" in the newspaper. My aunt found out audition information on the Internet and I soon found myself in LA for the cattle-call audition. Doing the reality show was such a crazy experience. I feel like I learned and grew so much, both as a person and as a performer. The best parts were getting to work with so many professionals and sing on national television! Also, the contestants got along surprisingly well and I still keep in touch with almost everyone from the show. All of us will forever have this special bond of going through the reality show experience together. The hardest part, besides the stress of such a competitive atmosphere, was being in a long distance relationship. At the time, my fiance was back home in MN during the taping in LA, so we were apart for three months.
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TA: How did your experience on this reality show prepare you for Broadway?

Laura: The reality show was much more stressful than the Broadway experience. I grew up doing theater, so for me, performing on Broadway has a sense of familiarity to it. However, having to sing for millions of people, on tv, being judged on my personality and my talent, learning how to "work the camera" and trying to be a class-act on television all at the same time was a juggling act , to say the least! I challenged myself to be the best I could be when I competed on the reality show. I feel like my confidence, my endurance and my talent developed. That definitely helped prepare me for the 8 show weeks and critic's reviews of Broadway.

TA: What other acting roles have you had? What have been your favorites? Did you ever dream YOU would be on Broadway?

Laura: My favorite roles: Dorothy in the "Wizard of Oz", Peter Pan in "Peter Pan", Sandy in "Grease", Chava in "Fiddler on the Roof", Zaneeta Shinn in the "Music Man", Princess Jasmine in Disney's "Aladdin". And YES, I always dreamed I would someday be on Broadway!
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TA: You are living your dream. How has your rise to fame affected you on a daily basis? What is it like having a "fan-base"?

Laura: It's crazy knowing I have fans across the country and I'm so thankful for them!! They really did help my dream come true by watching and voting for me week after week. I've met so many people at the stage door who have come to New York just to see Grease because they voted for me on TV! Luckily, I am still able to have a private life and rarely get recognized on the street. It's a good balance because I know I have so many supporters who will continue to follow my career, but it's not like I get followed by paparazzi.

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TA: How long did it take to put this productions together? What is your favorite scene from the play? How many costumes changes does Sandy have?

Laura: We had four weeks of rehearsal in the studio space and two weeks of tech rehearsal on our stage at the Brooks Atkinson Theater, which is a typical rehearsal process for a Broadway show. In addition, we had a month of preview performances, where the show was still being changed and altered before our official opening night. My favorite scene is "You're The One That I Want" because I get to let go and be someone completely different and sexy! We have the most fun in that number. I have 10 costumes, actually, all of which were made specifically for me. I have a dresser who steams all of my costumes before each show, helps me get in and out of everything, and makes sure I look just right before I go on stage.

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TA: We have learned that you and Max Crumm (Danny Zucko) will be leaving the show soon. What is next for Laura?

Laura: Max and I leave the show July 20th because our contracts are up. It will be sad to say goodbye to Grease because it's been a huge part of my life for the past 2 years. I plan to stay in New York and keep doing theater, maybe branching into tv/film at some point. But it will be nice to have a little break too, and take some time to relax in August.

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TA: How has Taylor Hicks changed the part of " Teen Angel" from others who have played the part before?

Laura: Having Taylor in the show is so fun. He's really down-to-earth and has made the role his own. In fact, they designed a completely new costume for him when he joined our show. The music director changed the number so Taylor could play the harmonica during the song. He riffs the number into a blues piece and the crowd always goes wild for him.

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TA: You and Taylor Hicks were both on reality shows. Have you had a chance to compare notes with him on this?

Laura: We have talked a little bit about our reality show experiences. He told me he wishes he would have done American Idol earlier to jump start his career. He's excited for Max and Me since we got "our break" at such a young age. We both believe that God has opened these doors for us for a reason and it's awesome to be doing what we love. Neither of us would have guessed it would happen, especially through reality tv shows.

Taylor's Angels wishes to thank Laura for taking the time to answer our questions. We wish her the best in her future endevours and hope to see her career continue to grow!

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