Bits and Pieces

Bits and Pieces

Taylor Hicks is co-headlining the Stadium of Fire event in Provo, Utah this Saturday.  Here’s an article/interview from the Salt Lake Tribune.

“Hicks will join others onstage for an opening production number and a finale…He also will perform a mini-concert in which he’ll sing three songs – one of them sure to be “Do I Make You Proud, ” his single that debuted last week atop the Billboard pop charts. Several Utah radio stations are playing the formulaic ballad, which seems destined to become a graduation-day anthem. ‘It’s getting great response, ‘ said Rusty Keys, program director for Salt Lake City’s K-BEE (98.7 FM), which caters to a mostly female listenership.”

Hicks said he’ll begin recording his solo album after the three-month Idols Live tour wraps this fall. The record will contain a mix of covers and original songs, some possibly written by Hicks himself. Think soul-blues-country chestnuts like “Georgia on My Mind” – a song he wanted to sing on Idol but didn’t.  ‘I’m looking forward to recording some better music, ‘ said Hicks, a veteran of the Southern bar-band circuit who has two previous records on tiny independent labels. Asked which singers’ careers he’d like to emulate, he said, ‘The John Legends and the John Mayers of the world. And the careers of legends – Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, B.B. King. If I could accommodate both, I’d be good to go.'”

Taylor Hicks performs with Widespread Panic in LA 

Taylor is keeping busy.  Last night in Los Angeles, he performed with the band Widespread Panic at the Wiltern theater.  He joined the band during the encore and played harmonica on “Fishwater”.

Elliott Yamin Fundraiser to benefit Diabetes research

Elliott Yamin’s friends and family are holding a fundraiser for Diabetes research the weekend the Idols are in Richmond.  Read all about it here

“By the time that the ‘American Idols Live! Tour’ comes into town in Richmond Virginia on July 29, Elliott’s fans, friends and family hope to present JDRF with many additional contributions raised as part of a special fundraising event that begins today — the Yamin Machine! for JDRF Fundraiser & Fan Party.

On July 29, ticket holders to the fan party will feast on a buffet provided by Champps Sports Bar and be entertained with music, video, raffle drawings, games and more by Richmond Virginia’s Mix 103-7 radio. The fan party is sure to provide an enjoyable atmosphere for the fans, family and special guests to meet each other and celebrate their ‘Idol” Elliott Yamin.

JDRF sponsor and party registration information is available on the Web site at on the home page. There are a limited number of tickets available to this event and they are expected to go quickly.”

Elliott’s mom, Claudette Yamin is said to be a featured performer….


Live with Regis and Kelly to feature Idol performances July 4

If you’re indoors July 4th, and looking for something to do, Live with Regis and Kelly will feature a clip show of all the Idols’ appearances from this past season.

Thanks lene, Jena, Kerri…