Taylor Hicks, winner of American Idol Season 5, is coming to The Ridgefield Playhouse on Friday, April 27, at 8 p.m. in his “Tour That Never Stops”. Taylor Hicks made television history in 2006 when his victory on American Idol (Season 5) was one of the most watched television programs of the decade. Hicks released his single, “Do I Make You Proud”, which debuted at # 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100, Pop 100 and Single Sales charts, not to mention his cover story as People Magazine’s “Hottest Bachelor of the Year”. Special guest is the Jamie McLean Band celebrating the release of their new album Sunday Morning which features John Popper of “Blues Traveler” on harmonica and Nigel Hall of “Warren Haynes Band/Soulive” on keys. Restaurant sponsor for Taylor Hicks is Fifty Coins Restaurant (426 Main St., Ridgefield) where diners will receive 10% off their dinner when tickets are shown the night of the show. This event is part of the Guinness Black Lager Rock Series.
It was an emotionally uplifting night when 36.4 million viewers tuned in and 63 million votes were cast to name Hicks the Season 5 winner of American Idol. Since winning American Idol, Hicks has performed with Willie Nelson, Snoop Dog, Gladys Knight, Earth Wind and Fire and The Allman Brothers. He has even made time to pen a brisk-selling Random House autobiography, “Heart Full of Soul”.
From the start, Taylor’s material set him apart, with a unique take on southern soul, R & B, country and blues. His self-titled album, Taylor Hicks, debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200. 2009 was marked by a turning point in Hicks’ career, when through his own record company, his first independent album The Distance, was released, which includes the popular roadhouse single "Seven Mile Breakdown” and the soulful “What's Right is Right”. With numerous Broadway offers at his heels, Hicks set his sights on New York City and joined the cast of the hit musical Grease that same year then took the show on national tour.
For tickets ($48), call or visit the box office at The Ridgefield Playhouse, (203) 438-5795. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a not-for-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT; ridgefieldplayhouse.org