~ Like the ripples in a pond, the work of one man spreads out and touches the lives of others ~

From The Soul of One ~ To The Hearts Of Many
Taylor Hicks "The Distance"

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Taylor Hicks ~ New Found Freedom

Last week, we had the opportunity to have a sneak peek at Taylor Hicks' new CD, The Distance which will be released on March 10, 2009. Many of Taylor's songs have a message and, for me, the title track, "The Distance", has the biggest message for humanity.

In my opinion, there is another song from Taylor Hicks which has a very personal message of self-realization and it is "New Found Freedom". As I watch some of Taylor's most recent interviews, the lyrics to this song definitely fit the man and where he is right now.

The words below, in particular, are clearly evident in the media we have been seeing and hearing lately.

"When I walk
I walk with confidence
I hold my head up high
When I talk
I’ve got a positive sense
Of who I am inside."

For those of us who boarded the Taylor Hicks Train at the beginning, we have shared an incredible ride!

We started here:
video: Taylor Hicks - American Idol Audition

We watched every week and saw Taylor evolve as an artist. This was an exciting moment for all of Taylor's supporters:

video: Taylor Hicks - American Idol Season 5 Finale

Listening to one of Taylor's most recent interviews, with Taryn Winter Brill from ABC News Entertainment - "What's the Buzz", gave me a sense of Taylor's "New Found Freedom". Taylor, as an entertainer and a man, has broadened his scope since that "first" day he appeared on our television screens. He does not just "talk the talk" with respect to the lyrics of this song, Taylor Hicks "walks the walk".

We are now here:

screencap caption: Taylor Hicks Goes "The Distance"

screencap caption: American Idol's Taylor Hicks

screencap caption: "Grease" Star Taylor Hicks

screencap caption: Taylor Hicks Singer/Songwriter

To enjoy this fabulous interview from What's The Buzz, click here

Mary Colurso, Birmingham News, has written a wonderful "up close and personal" interview with Taylor Hicks which gives us more insight into Taylor and The Distance.

To read Mary's full interview with Taylor click here

I really enjoyed reading Mary's interview, "Track by Track with Taylor". It gives us more understanding with respect to Taylor's perspective on the songs which have been included on The Distance. It's no secret that I happen to agree with his assessment of "Maybe You Should".

click here
for Mary Colurso's "Track By Track With Taylor"

Taylor Hicks now has his own record label, "Modern Whomp Records". He is looking forward to signing other artists to his label in the future. Taylor has worked continuously over the past three years. He has literally spread his "Teen Angel Wings" and with the release of "The Distance", this artist is "gonna fly" with the "Taylor Hicks' Sound"!

Today's cup:

"As long as we are persistent in our pursuit of our deepest destiny, we will continue to grow. We cannot choose the day or time when we will fully bloom. It happens in its own time."
~ Denis Waitley ~

Mark your calendar and tune in!

TV Guide's "IDOL TONIGHT", hosted by Kimberly Caldwell and Justin Guarini, will premiere it's 4th season Wednesday, March 11, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT with special guest Taylor Hicks, season five winner of “American Idol”.

blog post and screencaps by KarinP


san said...

Karin, this is very insightful about who Taylor is now. When we saw him on American Idol we had no idea the depth and scope of his talent. I saw that in Tucson where he went from Teen Angel to blue-eyed soul singer on the same stage.

I agree with his and your assessment of "Maybe You Should." This is one of my favorites on The Distance.

Good thoughts, Karin!

KarinP said...

San, your Tucson experience must have been incredible to witness. Taylor has been blessed with many gifts.

Maybe You Should is one of those songs that has the ability to really touch your soul!

Thanks for stopping by, San.

juliegr said...

Dear Karin -- love your article. It's so nice to find a blogging fan who isn't trying to be "cool" by pointing out all of their perceived "shortcomings" of the album.

I'm with you on New Found Freedom and also The Distance (first song on the CD). This is a side of Taylor Hicks' musical talents that were hidden on AI.

KarinP said...

juliegr, thank you so much for your comment. I sincerely do feel that the new CD does give us a much closer look at Taylor's ability to cross genres with his music.

I never get tired of watching the "Winning Moment" video. Many thanks to "AliceinTaylorland" for capturing that video.

Taylor saw a door open with AI and he walked through it. Needless to say, I am very glad that he did. I hope that some day I will have the opportunity to see the songs from The Distance performed in a "live" concert.

Thanks, julie!