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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Taylor Hicks Live At The Roxy!

Taylor Hicks performed at the Roxy in L.A. on March 18th. Here is his performance of the song "Nineteen" off his new CD "The Distance". For more information on Taylor's schedule with Grease and other live appearances go to: www.taylorhicks.com
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Video courtesy of HeatherlovesClay

La Times Review:

American Idol" Season 5 winner Taylor Hicks put on a show at the Roxy Theatre on Wednesday night, performing a long set with energetic charisma, reminiscent of Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, who I saw play the same stage nearly seven years ago. With Candance Devine opening, the place was relatively full, despite the bumpy run-up the show had with free tickets being given away on goldstar.com. Hicks was scheduled to start at 10 p.m., and by 10:19 p.m. with no sight of him, fans began chanting "Taylor! Taylor! Taylor!" The curtain rose several minutes later.

He opened with "The Distance," the title track from his latest album, which was released March 10. Dressed in a black shirt, black blazer and jeans, Hicks looked slender and handsome onstage. With his "Soul Patrol" guitar strap, backing band of six and a fellow "Idol" alum, Season 7's Michael Johns, in the crowd supporting him, Hicks was ready to party all night long.

The fans were too. Elba Edelstein came out from Culver City to see her favorite "Idol." She'd previously seen him in an "American Idol" concert, as well as on his 2007 tour, on Cinco de Mayo in Las Vegas. Edelstein, who had a girlfriend along for the ride, smiled wide and said "I can't wait!" before the show. Another woman I spoke with was seeing him in concert for the ninth time, as well as 10 times on Broadway in Grease -- the 11th night she opted for Chicago. Most female fans were dressed up, some in sequins, had drinks in hand and were eager to see the main event. Men were less visibly thrilled, yet definitely present -- some dragged by wives. A man next to me was performing his duty as photographer with a small digital camera as his mega-fan wife roamed the venue for an ideal view.

Hicks didn't shy away from his signature funky dance moves, but his strong voice held its own against all the instruments involved -- including harmonica and tambourine. He dedicated "Nineteen," the fourth song on "The Distance," to all the troops, calling it a "war hero story." "What's Right Is Right" was the highlight, as on the album, but he left it too near the end of the set, so many missed it. Droves of people filed out soon after 11 p.m. although Hicks kept performing past midnight. The loyal fans who stayed were raucous and enjoyed saying "cheers" to Hicks, who had a Budweiser. It might not have been a sellout, but Taylor Hicks fans got what they came for, a hearty helping of their favorite gray fox -- enough to last until they can catch "Grease."

--Leslie Anne Wiggins L.A. Times






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Sunday, March 08, 2009

The Distance by Taylor Hicks



Available NOW!


A word from Taylor ....

Tuesday, March 10, 2009
The Distance




Hello,

Well the day is finally here release day of" The Distance". I am writting you all to express how excited I am for everyone to really get a chance to listen to the record!! I also want to send a BIG THANK YOU to all of the fans, friends and family and staff who have worked so hard on this record. I really am in a comfortable place with where I want to be as an entertainer.. I wanted to record songs that can really come to life from a live standpoint as well..There is a wonderful and savy plan in place for working this record for an extended amount of time. We are still holding some exciting things for the second single as well!! I'm also excited about touring with the Broadway show "Grease" because it allows me to really be with new and old fans all across the country again and I get to sing the single every night as well... I will tour this record. I believe that people have to also understand that the buisness of tour production is challenging to say the least. Also I just want to pass along that I will be overhauling the HQ site soon with a brand new look and alot more insight to what's happening out here on the road. If u haven't noticed I'm starting to warm up to those blogs!! Thanks for being fans..This year plans to be a lot of FUN. So enjoy The Distance..I will..Best..Taylor

(from Taylor's Myspace Page)

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Taylor Hicks... "The Distance" Coming to AOL



"The Distance" by Taylor Hicks, will be on AOL the week of March 2. Watch for the preview of this highly anticipated album. Aol had a preview earlier this week and the CD is phenominal!

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Sunday, February 15, 2009

An Interview With Jake Davis - The Director of Taylor Hicks' New Music Video




Taylor's Angels had the pleasure interviewing Jake Davis,the director of Taylor Hicks' new music video for his single, "What's Right Is Right". This young director is incredibly talented and extremely accomplished.

TA: You are an incredibly talented person. Do your talents extend to art and/or playing musical instruments?

Jake: Thank you so much. I don't play any instruments but I have a great appreciation for all musicians. I also have a great respect for the arts and consider filmmaking in a lot of ways a craft, as well as an artform. So in that regard I consider myself an artist. I guess it depends what day you ask me.

TA: A lot of people view "film" as a hobby since they are not able to make a career out of it. What are your hobbies?

Jake: I really enjoy tennis, photography, and fashion.

TA: How important is it for you to "know" and understand your subjects? What kind of research do you do before beginning a new project?

Jake: Research is an essential part of my creative process. I think the better you understand an artist the better the music video is going to be. Before starting a video the most important part of creating is absorbing yourself in the music. And for me I always get a feeling from the music and start from there.

TA: How did your association with Taylor come about?

Jake: An amazing music video commissioner, Melinda Kelly, who actually got me my first music video sent my awesome rep and executive producer, Kerri Kleiner, "What's Right Is Right" and really wanted me to direct the video. They scheduled a phone date for me and Taylor to talk about the song and the creative vision of the music.

TA: Tell us about the creative process that goes into making a video. Who came up with the idea for this video?

Jake: After listening to the record a ton of times I got a few key iconic visual images in my head. I ran those by Taylor and he told me emotionally where he was coming from with the song. Also lyrically what the song meant to him. We brainstormed some important narrative elements that made sense for both of us. With this video it was a really great collaboration artist to artist.





TA: Compare Taylor with other artists with whom you have worked.

Jake: Working with Taylor was awesome. He put a lot of trust in me and was committed to the video 110%. We talked constantly through out the process and I think it really shows in the video. We were going to make a great video no matter what... Nothing was going to stop us.



TA: Since this is Taylor’s first video, was there any particular advice you offered him?

Jake: Taylor is a natural in front of the camera and has performed forever so on that level there isn't much direction he needed. I made it a point of always keeping him informed of what the scene was about emotionally and he was really amazing at evoking the emotion of the song.

TA: Can you share some stories about the making of the video that the fans would enjoy?

Jake: Something that really impressed me with Taylor was we were coming to the end of the shoot. About hour eighteen of the day and Taylor wasn't satisfied with a take. And I was pretty sure we got the shot but Taylor wanted to do another. Now we were shooting through a blizzard in Chicago with temperatures in the single digits and this was the middle of the night. Now a lot of artists and actors would have stopped shooting and gone back to their trailer to drink some hot cocoa. But Taylor wanted another take and that kind of dedication I really respect from my talent and it ultimately shows in the video.

TA: What are your goals for the field?

Jake: I'd love to make films till the day I can't make films anymore and enjoy the experience with as many amazing people as I can.

TA: What future work will we be seeing from you?

Jake: I just wrapped on a commercial shoot for skate/streetwear brand Supreme. Those spots will be coming out in March. We're lining up more music videos for the coming months and growing the Kleiner Inc. production company. I'm finishing up my short film, Coolhunter, which will lead me into feature films. I also run a style blog where I throw in some of my film work as well. You can keep up with the kid at: http://jakedavis.typepad.com

Jake: Thanks so much for the love and support! I hope you enjoy the video!!! I really have to say the fans have been behind us 110% and that means a lot. So thanks again!!!

Important links:

http://www.kleinerinc.com
http://www.jakedavisfilms.com

Taylor's Angels would like to thank Jake for taking time from his busy schedule to answer these questions. We wish Jake much continued success!

For more questions and answers with Jake Davis visit:
The Taylor Hicks Community !


Watch for the world premiere of Taylor Hicks' music video "What's Right Is Right", on Yahoo Video February 17!


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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Taylor Hicks at Disney's American Idol Experience!








Can't take the day off and go to Disney today? Don't worry the American Idol Experience Press Event will be streamed live via webcam today! Taylor Hicks and all your favorite Idols will be at the motorcade and blue carpet event from 4:00 to 6:45 pm EST. So make sure to tune in and catch all the fun!

Celebrities Scheduled To Appear:

Paula Abdul
David Archuleta
Fantasia Barrino
Bo Bice
Jason Castro
David Cook
Bucky Covington
Diana DeGarmo
Melinda Doolittle
Simon Fuller (Idol Creator)
Josh Gracin
Justin Guarini
Taylor Hicks
Michael Johns
LaKisha Jones
Kimberley Locke
Sanjaya Malakar
Mandisa
Syesha Mercado
Ryan Seacrest
Chris Sligh
Carly Smithson
Jordin Sparks
Phil Stacey
Ruben Studdard
Carrie Underwood
Brooke White
Ace Young


Click here to watch from the Studios Central Site:



If you missed the live web event, you can catch all the media and recaps at:
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Monday, February 02, 2009

Win A Date With Taylor Hicks! Taylor Calls In To Regis and Kelly!

Regis and Kelly are hosting a Valentine contest and you can win a date with Taylor Hicks! Taylor called the show this morning and spoke with them.....




For more information log in at : Live With Regis and Kelly

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Friday, January 23, 2009

Taylor Hicks.....What's Right Is Right








The highly anticipated single "What's Right is Right" will be available for purchase on Amazon and iTunes January 27th. A video of the song will follow and Taylor's new CD "The Distance" will be released on March 10th! Taylor will continue to tour with Grease and promote his own music in clubs at each city. For all the latest details, media and upcoming events visit : www.taylorhicks.com.



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Friday, January 09, 2009

Taylor Hicks.... The Windy City Stop

Taylor is in the windy city for the 2 week run of Grease. He stopped by CBS2 studio for an interview and performance of "Hold On To Your Love" from his Early Works CD. Taylor will also perform at Martyrs!


Watch the interview HERE!

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Taylor Hicks Media Campaign For The Distance


Taylor Hicks and his marketing/distribution team of Artist 2 Market and My Rocket Science have released a major media campaign for his upcoming CD The Distance.

For all the latest information visit: www.taylorhicks.com.

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