NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Alabama Music Hall of Fame is proud to announce the appointment of GRAMMY®-winning, platinum-selling American Idol Taylor Hicks to its Board of Directors. Hicks, a Birmingham native, won “American Idol’s” blockbuster fifth season “with gray on his head, soul in his heart, Alabama in his palm (Los Angeles Times).” As a member of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame board, Hicks’ will support the Alabama Music Hall of Fame’s mission to honor, support and increase awareness of Alabama’s vast array of music achievers.
“As I’ve always said, ‘the people of Alabama will let you know if you can do three things: cook, sing or throw a football.’ I’m honored to have been invited to join the Alabama Music Hall of Fame board and look forward to the work we will do together to recognize and honor our state’s rich musical history,” expressed Hicks, who was appointed to the board by Alabama Governor Kay Ivey.
Since “American Idol’s” record-breaking season five finale, Hicks has gone on to achieve RIAA-certified Platinum status, win a GRAMMY® and secure a prestigious Las Vegas residency. Hicks’ theatrical and television roles include touring as Teen Angel in the popular Broadway musical “Grease,” starring as Charlie Anderson in the Serenbe Playhouse production of “Shenandoah” in addition to appearing on “Law & Order: SVU” and hosting the INSP series “State Plate.”
As host of “State Plate,” Hicks takes viewers on culinary and cultural experiences throughout the country. During the show’s Alabama episode, the singer-songwriter stopped by the restaurant he owns in his hometown, SAW’s Juke Joint, which was crowned one of the “25 Best Barbecue Spots in America” by Men’s Journal. Hicks also regularly returns to Birmingham to perform for sold-out crowds at the historic Lyric Theatre.
Hicks is set to release his highly-anticipated, third album next year. The deeply personal, roots-inspired collection was recorded at Zac Brown’s Southern Ground studio in Nashville with contributions from GRAMMY®-winning musician Keb’ Mo as well as Robert Randolph. Produced by Hicks along with GRAMMY®-winning guitarist Bryan Sutton, the project will bring Hicks back on the road for extensive touring.