Taylor Hicksby Taylor Hicks
Taylor Hicks, the oldest contestant to take the American Idol crown, won Season 5 with an affable, wedding singer persona and a repertoire of soul-influenced material that included Ray Charles, Joe Cocker, and Elvis Presley. Taylor's inspired take on "In the Ghetto" was a highlight of the season and earned this son of the South favorable comparisons to the King/i>… See more details below
Taylor Hicks, the oldest contestant to take the American Idol crown, won Season 5 with an affable, wedding singer persona and a repertoire of soul-influenced material that included Ray Charles, Joe Cocker, and Elvis Presley. Taylor's inspired take on "In the Ghetto" was a highlight of the season and earned this son of the South favorable comparisons to the King. And while there are no Presley chestnuts on Hicks's self-titled major-label debut, there are plenty of nods to this Birmingham native's rhythm and blues influences. On "Heaven Knows," Hicks interweaves punchy horns and handclaps with instrumental snippets of Marvin Gaye's "Ain't That Peculiar" and Ray Charles' "What'd I Say." Elsewhere, Hicks puts his pliable tenor to good use on a cover of Gaye's "Wherever I Lay My Hat" that radiates an ethereal and thoughtful ambiance reminiscent of Rod Stewart's "Forever Young." Brother Ray gets a further nod via "The Right Place," a gospel-flavored slow burner originally penned for the late legend by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance; Hicks infuses the song with a raspy, unforced growl. Alongside numbers contributed by the likes of professional songwriters Dianne Warren and Rob Thomas, the prematurely gray vocalist holds his own with two self-penned cuts originally recorded for his second independent release, Under the Radar. His fans call themselves the Soul Patrol, and Hicks's R&B- and rock-infused album reveals him to be the most multi-talented American Idol winner to date.
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Performance CreditsTaylor Hicks Primary Artist,Harmonica,Drums,Background Vocals,Soloist
Louis Price Background Vocals
Rusty Anderson Guitar
Curt Bisquera Drums
Stevie Blacke Strings,Cello,Lap Steel Guitar
Chris Bruce Bass,Guitar
Paul Bushnell Bass
Lenny Castro Percussion
Reggie Hamilton Electric Bass,Upright Bass
James Harrah Guitar
Nick Lane Trombone
Greg Leisz Pedal Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar,Soloist
Eric Marienthal Tenor Saxophone
Jamie Muhoberac Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Clavier,Wurlitzer
Joseph Powell Background Vocals
Lee Thornburg Trumpet
Patrick Warren Keyboards
Oren Waters Background Vocals
Terry Young Background Vocals
Kara DioGuardi Background Vocals
Leland Sklar Bass
Greg Adams Trumpet
Matt Serletic Keyboards,Background Vocals,Wurlitzer
Mark Hollingsworth Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Tom Leonard Background Vocals
Kevin Kadish Organ
Jason Migas Morales Background Vocals
Nikisha Grier Background Vocals
Almost Exhausted Tabernacle Choir Background Vocals
Matt Tryggestad Background Vocals
Weekend Warrior's Drum Corps Drums
Johnny Bamont Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Judith Hill Background Vocals
Technical CreditsMarvin Gaye Composer
Smokey Robinson Composer
Barrett Strong Composer
Jess Cates Composer
Scott Cutler Composer
Pete Davis Programming
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Warren "Pete" Moore Composer
Jamie Muhoberac Contributor
Alexander Richbourg Programming
Jess Sutcliffe Engineer
Jim Vallance Composer
Diane Warren Composer
Norman Whitfield Composer
Rob Thomas Composer
Kara DioGuardi Composer
Greg Adams Horn Arrangements
Mark Dobson Engineer
Corey Rooney Composer,Original Concept
Matt Serletic Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements,Audio Production
Emanuel Kiriakou Composer
Brent Paschke Digital Editing
Anne Preven Composer
Greg Collins Engineer
Lindy Robbins Composer
John Hanes Digital Editing
Patrick Woodward Engineer
James Renald Composer
Kevin Kadish Composer
Makeba Riddick Composer
John OBrien Programming
Taylor Hicks Composer
Rhea Willis Groomer
Paul "Earthquake" Pena Composer
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This album's Title Taylor Hicks. What can you say you get what you see that's whoooo he is. It has great moving songs. My daughter and I love to dance and sing along. I would enjoy buying other CD's by Taylor Hicks!!!!!!
Even though this CD was somewhat rushed, I give Taylor Hicks 5 stars for his powerful vocals that convey so much emotion and are refreshingly unique in today's mainstream music scene. This CD offers a great overview of the versatility for which Taylor was already known for during American Idol as well as in his pre-idol performances. This man can definitely sing anything, but the true beauty of his voice and talent shines through in the soulful ballads of which the Right Place is a prime example on this collection. The Deal and Soul Thing are other beautiful examples of Taylor's true talent and give us a glimpse of what he may have in store for us in the future. Having given these highlights, I must say that there is not a song on this CD that does not captivate me at one time or another. There is something to listen to no matter what mood I am in.
Despite a few songs with rather ridiculous lyrics, Taylor's unique voice and personality shine through on this album. Although he is best as a live performer, his voice translates well onto a CD. My favorite songs? The Runaround, and The Right Place. Soul Patrolers will mostly love this album, while others may find themselves surprised.
Gritty, soulful, tender, hyper, foot tapping are all words I would use to describe Taylor Hick's new CD. I bring him to the gym with me while I run on the treadmill. He can really get my energy up with his lively music and I just love his voice.
This is a truly marvelous CD. Taylor's voice is beautiful and the band is marvelous. I expect this CD to do very, very well. There is something for everyone here and not a bad cut on the entire CD. "The Right Place" alone is worth the price of the CD.
Taylor, you are an amazing performer, you make people get off the couch and dance and grin from ear to ear. Thanks so much for bringing back the music. The band is awesome too. I can't get enough of you!!!!! The Runaround is amazing.
Soul Patrol...Soul Patrol! WOO! I know this CD will be as cool as Taylor's hair :oD I've been a fan since the beginning of American Idol. Keep up the great work..WOO!!
I wish American Idol would go off the air if it can't produce anything better than this. Taylor Hicks talent is marginal at best. I saw him recently on television, and his performance was embarrasing. Don't waste your money (or your time) on this or any of his CDs.
I have been waiting for an artist like this to make their way to the forefront! Taylor has done a wonderful job of uniting the sounds of the legends and reviving that with his own fresh flair! My favorite song would be hard to pin point because there are truely about 6 that stick out. 1) The Right Place- Written for Ray Charles before his passing. Taylor channels Ray's vibe and infuses his own pleading, moving emotion into this beautiful song...it is haunting! This song is destined to be a classic for him! 2)Just To feel That Way- a powerful and romantic ballad. Beautifully written and performed. His voice takes this song and gives it strength and tenderess all at the same time. 3)Runaround- definatly written for Taylor. His fun energetic personality comes out in this one! This one ROCKS! 4)Wherever I Lay My Hat- This song has an old school vibe and it is perfect for taylors tender and soulful voice. His performance is very convincing. I think he might have lived a line or two of this song. 5)The deal- Sounds like James Taylor meets Taylor. Actually I think this is a Taylor original...and it's just a groovy tune. I could hear this song being used for tv or movies. 6)Gonna Move- I have to say I like this one LIVE. He does a great job of changing it up for the cd. Love the story this song tells. Having said this...there is one song that I tend to skip...just because it really does not capture me...just my opinion/ Places I've Been. This song just kind of seems like a filler song. ALL the other tracks are great! This is his first major release. I think that he has put a lot of his heart and soul into this cd. For having come out of AI..he has done a tremendous job of making those fans pleased as well as those who just love him for his REAL approach to music!
Two thumbs up to Taylor Hicks. Strong CD with excellent vocals and powerful music. Continues with the music he loves Soul. Also delivers a Beatles style with Just To Feel That Way. Our favorite Give Me Tonight,GREAT! You will not be able to stop the CD player with this one in it.
Amazing. Especially The Right Place and Just To Feel That Way. Taylor did a magnificent job and should be very proud of this album.
This is an outstanding cd! Considering that he recorded this in six weeks, it is absolutely astounding.
Way to go! Awesome Music, every time I hear it it continues to grow on me. Can't choose a favorite as of yet!! Congratulations!! Highly recommend for the soulful!
First album I've ever seen that all tracks are great. I can't pick a favorite. First time I listened to it, I thought all the songs were pretty good. The next time I listened to it, I thought all tracks were good, but a few were excellent. By the third time I listened to the album, I could not pick a favorite. I love all the songs on this album. Each one is different in it's own way and all of the songs are fabulous. Taylor thank you for this wonderful album of great music. LOVE IT!
Firstly, about my own musical taste. I have an eclectic taste in music ( from opera to classical music to blues to funk to modern) and this CD is tailor made for me (pun intended). Well, what can I say after several rounds of listening ? It is absolutely one of the best CDs I have ever heard this year and most definitely one of the best one recorded in the past few years! Taylor never ceases to amaze me! How anyone can compile and record a CD of this great quality and versatility in such a short time is beyond me, but he definitely did it. It simply shows that he has been thinking about doing something like this for sometime. It might have been created in a few weeks, but based on interview after interview with Taylor, it is obvious that a lot of thought went to it LONG before Taylor joined American Idol. I listened and re-listened I keep hearing something new with each listen. Taylor's vocals are amazing. The songs are all so different and I love the way I can hear each word in every song Tayor sings. Taylor certainly has delivered. I can't decide on a favorite. With each listen, it changes. The songs range from GREAT ( e.g. THE RIGHT PLACE ) to acceptable ( PLACES I'VE BEEN ). I even love the "electronica" they've used on some of the cuts and usually I prefer less of the "high tech" sound. Taylor Hicks does not disappoint. He has exceeded my expectations and all I can say is this album deserves a Grammy Nomination. One thing that I realized after listening to this CD is that Taylor never could have made a record like this simply with his own band --- LiMBO. While they are great and highly talented, they have a style that isn't as diverse as what is being shown here. The musicianship on this CD is superb, especially for the diversity of styles represented. It Crosses over into virtually every genre ( cajun,funk,soul,pop,etc.) and I believe it IS something that HE assembled from his musical experience with his personal "stamp of approval". There is something for everyone here. This album is a great compilation of songs and a showcase of his broad range and appreciation for all things musical. Overall, I give it 8.5/10. If this is a fortaste of things to come, I say Taylor will have a long, enduring career. Like so many others who have heard this album, I think my favorites will rotate. The one constant for me is this -- THE RIGHT PLACE is the masterpiece of this CD ! But really, you have to listen to the CD more than once to mine the many precious musical nuggets it contains. OVERALL : Outstanding vocals, stupendous instrumentation by the musicians - plenty of Whomp, Funk, Soul - both fast & slow. As one poster commented --- This CD is one groovy EARGASM! It will be a cultural crime if they overlook this album for a Grammy Nomination.
He sang that it would, and it has.
I am looking forward to having some Taylor in my Chritsmas stocking, or under my tree. The album sounds great...it is a sample of what is the first of many musical fruits.
The songs they chose to give Taylor are mediocre - that's the best I can say about this disc. I can't help but wonder how good it would have been if they had let Taylor have as much creative control as Chris Daughtry had. We only get two re-hashed songs from Under the Radar and nothing new! I'm disappointed because I know Taylor can write decent songs. Most of the songs on this CD just come off as 'cheesy' and I know Taylor deserves so much better than this. In summary, I'll say Taylor manages to make some very bad songs listenable, but only because he has a great voice and immense talent. Unfortunately, I think this collection of songs may have trouble finding a home on radio station playlists for various reasons, but maybe that doesn't matter.
For the peeps who already love Taylor Hicks from "American Idol," of couse they are going to love his debut album. "Heaven Knows" is the Taylor we all know, and "The Right Place" is the right song for those who love Taylor's affinity to Ray Charles. "The Runaround" and "Dream Myself Awake" should appeal to many music lovers, but "Just to Feel That Way," is Taylor at his best and should please his die-hard fans as well as pop music lovers. With the variety on this CD, there should be something for just about any music lover to love.
I am so excited about Taylor's new album. The songs are wonderful and have amazing star quality. There's something for everyone on the album: it's soulful, funky, groovy, modern "WHOMP" music. I LOVE IT!!
You are amazing, this album is amazing, all the songs make you smile and want to dance. I love your whomp music. The world is about to be Taylorized..
WOW & WOW - I have never enjoyed an entire album the was this one has thrilled me. Every song is a winner and a potential #1 hit!! It's got something for everone wheather you are 18, 28 or 88... A little blues, a little soul, a little rock and a LOT OF WHOMP!!!! Put a smile on someone's face that you care about. Get it for your friends and loved ones, because they will thank you for it.
I can't wait to get this CD in my hands. Not very often do I find a CD that I love just about every song. He has such soul and such a beautiful voice.
This cd is so wonderful. There is music that makes you want to dance...and music that makes you want to dance...closely. Horns, harp, outstanding percussion, and the velvet and earthy voice of this Southern gentleman. This cd will be one listened to with every listen revealing another layer of musical genius. Out of all the songs, I love 7, like 4, and one is so-so. For a first commercially produced cd, this is great. I think Taylor is here to stay...and will take many people on a wonderful and unexpected journey with him.
The right mix of songs the right voice the right instruments the right everything. There is something on this CD for everyone. And there is just one word to describe THE RIGHT PLACE....SOULFUL. What a talent. I am a 49 year old mother of 4, Nana of 7, and I ran music stores for years this CD is everything that is right with music today. Buy and enjoy!