As season eight of the hit show American Idol gets underway, season five winner Taylor Hicks is preparing to release his new studio album, The Distance, on March 10. Hicks’ fans have been long awaiting the new release, many looking forward to a more soulful sound than what was heard on his first post-Idol album (Taylor Hicks). The album will be released on Hicks’ Modern Whomp Records label. The first single, “What’s Right Is Right,” will debut digitally on January 27.
The album was produced by Simon Climie (who's worked with Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, and Faith Hill), and employs the talents of several notable musicians including guitarist Doyle Bramhall II, bassist Nathan East, and drummer Abe Laboriel Jr. The musicians have worked with several prominent blues, country and pop artists including Eric Clapton and Paul McCartney. The Distance includes eleven tracks, with some co-written by Hicks: “Wedding Day Blues,” “Seven Mile Breakdown,” “What's Right is Right,” “Woman’s Gotta Have It,” “New Found Freedom,” “The Distance,” “Nineteen,” “I Live on a Battlefield,” “Maybe You Should,” “Once Upon a Lover of Mine,” and “Keepin’ It Real.”
Hicks has been busy since being crowned Idol champ in 2006. He has seen his self-titled debut album certified platinum, performed with country superstar Willie Nelson and classic rock artists like The Allman Brothers, and Jackson Browne. He has also toured through Asia, penned the Random House memoir Heart Full of Soul, and made his Broadway debut as Teen Angel in Grease. At the beginning of 2009 Taylor embarked on a national US tour with Grease, with stops in Chicago, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle.
As Hicks indicated in a recent interview with Blogcritics, he is focused on doing his music his way. In conjunction with the Grease tour Hicks will be playing several intimate club dates. The performances will bring his new music to his fans and give him a chance to do what he loves best — play his music to a live audience.
For more information on Taylor Hicks please visit Hicks’ official website .