Taylor Hicks, the silver-haired soulman and winner of Season five American Idol can be proud. His CD, "Do I Make You Proud", is now the number one selling single riding the Billboard Charts. Idol winners are contracted to release a CD single for the show, written by the writers in the A.I. camp historically notorious for creating some version of drippy pop shlock.
Taylor Hicks' single, "Do I Make You Proud", with the flip-side, "Taking It to the Streets", released by Arista Records on June 13, engenders some surprise carrying not a bad title tune, but the flip-side rendition of the Doobie Brothers' tune is really enjoyable and completely in-line with Taylor's sound.
I love the jazzy instrumental riffs and the way Taylor's voice is so well suited to the saxophone accompaniment. As far as Taylor following Michael McDonald, who is undeniably endowed with one of the most recognizable voices in music, I compare it to the Elvis' song, "In the Ghetto", Hicks performed during the Idol competition. Taylor takes a well-known song and works it to a new creative level giving it a fresh life.
Sales of this CD mirrored Taylor's ascent to win on the American Idol program. It was slower to rise than some of the previous contestants' CDs, but as word got out about the tone of the tunes on the CD, it built momentum. "Do I Make You Proud" now soaring in the numero uno slot, has put the stop on pretty much every pop ranking single in sight as of the June 22, 2006 results. The single has simultaneously hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, the Billboard Single Sales chart, and the Billboard Pop 100 chart making it the best selling song in the country with over 190,000 copies sold in its first week of release. "Do I Make You Proud", has also upset the two-week reign of Shakira's "Hips Don't Lie" featuring Wyclef Jean, which falls to No. 2 on both the Hot 100 and Pop 100.