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Hicks was named the new American Idol on May 24, 2006, winning the title over Mc Phee, with over 63.4 million votes cast in total.
Hicks has allowed audience members to record his concerts for personal, non-commercial use, and has authorized the Internet Archive to create a section for fans to upload and share their recordings.No one expected Season 5 winner, Taylor Hicks, to make it to the top.Sure, he's got soul for days, but his non-pop star looks threatened to doom him from the start.Hicks got his start as a professional musician in his late teens and performed around the Southeastern United States for well over the span of a decade, during which he also released two independent albums.Upon winning Idol, he was signed to Arista Records, under which his self-titled major label debut was released on December 12, 2006. Taylor Hicks at "American Idol" auditions in Denver - July 10, 2015 Taylor Hicks stopped by American Idol auditions in Denver, CO and recorded a special video for Idol hopefuls.
The soulful singer beat out tall, leggy beauty Katharine Mc Phee to the surprise of most 'Idol' viewers.
He then pursued a major in business and journalism at Auburn University, but lost interest and dropped out after three years.
In 1997, he independently recorded In Your Time, an album which included both studio and live tracks.
With his win at age 29, Hicks became the oldest contestant to win American Idol.
He was also the first male contestant to win the competition without ever being in the bottom two or three, as well as the first Caucasian male winner.
The second single was confirmed to be "Seven Mile Breakdown" via his Myspace page.