“For me, this is a marathon, not a sprint.
The longevity aspect to me is the most important.
Doing Broadway theater and looking at movie roles and writing music and putting out CDs — you have to be well-rounded if you want longevity in a career.”
~ Taylor Hicks ~
The Providence Journal
After 10 years playing in clubs in and around his native Alabama, winning American Idol in 2006 was a blessing.
“I’m thankful for the opportunity that it gave me to continue to keep exploring my artistic expression,” he says, and it gave him the chance to learn the ins and out of recording.
At the same time, Hicks was “a working musician — that’s who I am, and that’s who I’ll always be” — before the TV show came along, and the pop-chart game is a different deal.
“It definitely has its positives and negatives.
It’s very short-lived, it seems, along that side.
For me, the key is that you always have to stay in front of people and work,” says Hicks, who adds that he did 282 shows in 2006, the year his self-titled post-Idol album came out.
“That’s something that I’ll always hang my hat on.”
Touring is also where the money is, because it’s something that can’t be taken away from you, and because you can always sell your records at a show.
“If you’re a working musician, you’re always going to have a chance to sell your records.”
Hicks has some serious backing players — guitarist Doyle Bramhall II, bassist Nathan East and drummer Abe Laboriel Jr. — on his forthcoming record, and says that “I think people are going to be pleasantly surprised about me as a songwriter."
“I think this record is going to allow me to touch on a lot of different styles, not just from a songwriting aspect but from a musical aspect as well.” The record will come out on his own label, and Hicks has signed a distribution deal with A2M.
He says that going his own way was the way to go.
“I must admit, having your own label is being out on the edge in your art.
You don’t get the cushion, but I like that. … “I think this release is going to define who I am as a singer-songwriter. And I want to put myself on the edge that way, because I feel like that’s where I can create my best work … without people telling me what songwriters I need to work with, or what I should do.”
The scheduled release of Taylor Hicks' first single from his new album "The Distance" is January 6th!
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Mark your calendars!
"The Distance" is scheduled to be released March 10th, 2009!!
"Perseverance is a great element of success. If you knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody."
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ~