Headlines: Taylor Hicks Joins Alabama HOF Board, Maddie Poppe Billboard Live

Taylor Hicks joins board of Alabama Music Hall of Fame – The Alabama Music Hall of Fame has a new board member, and he plays a mean harmonica. Taylor Hicks — a Hoover native, singer-songwriter, country-soul enthusiast and former “American Idol” winner — was appointed to the hall’s board of directors by Gov. Kay Ivey. “I have no doubt that Taylor will do a great job as a board member of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame,” Ivey said in a prepared statement. “As a successful musician, he has always represented the state of Alabama well. I know he will continue to make his home state proud.” In his new role, Hicks will support the hall’s mission to “honor, support and increase awareness of Alabama’s vast array of music achievers,” according to a press release. Along with other board members, he’ll play a significant role in determining inductees for the hall of fame in Tuscumbia. “As I’ve always said, the people of Alabama will let you know if you can do three things: cook, sing or throw a football,” Hicks said in a statement. “I’m honored to have been invited to join the Alabama Music Hall of Fame board and look forward to the work we will do together to recognize and honor our state’s rich musical history.” – Read more at AL.com

Maddie Poppe Performs for Billboard Live

The American Idol 2018 winner is in New York opening for Ingrid Michaelson. There is a short interview after the performance.

American Idol Winner Maddie Poppe Says Boyfriend Caleb Lee Hutchinson Is ‘The One’ – All about their romance — including the admission Poppe would be “jealous” if runner-up Hutchinson had won instead – Watch the video at People.com

“Can’t Beat Brooks” With American Idol Star Gabby Barrett – Well, Amber and Brooks are back today but doing something a little different! Country music recording artist Gabby Barrett joined them for a little “Can’t Beat Brooks Trivia” – Newson6.com

Kris Allen’s 10-year evolution – “I have been on a quest to be insanely honest with the people that listen to my music,” he said. “Honest to what’s going on in my life. Because I think as a person changing, my life is changing, I’m changing, my personality is changing, my music is changing, but as long as I can stay honest with what I’m going through, good, bad, anything.” The stripped-down narrative extends to his current tour, 10 Years 1 Night, as well. Rather than a concert with a full band, Allen opted for an acoustic set, one where he said he could be more engaged with his audience. Allen said he knew what he wanted the show to look like—inspired by Bruce Springsteen’s Netflix special, where it’s just him, a piano and guitar, and he’s telling stories—and that also informed what he wanted the record to sound like. – Read more at PSU Vanguard.com

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