UPDATE: Apparently J Records is leaving open the possibility that they’ll work with Taylor Hicks in the future. From the EW Hollywood Insider post on Katharine McPhee:
“…a rep for the RCA Music Group (which includes Arista, RCA, and J Records) tells Insider, …After six seasons, we are proud of the eight artists on the roster who started their careers on the show. With respect to Taylor, we have an understanding that he will come back to us to play music once he finished writing his new material.
From Taylor Hicks’s MySpace:
A statement from Taylor: To all my fans and The Soul Patrol, I want to take a moment to talk about the recent news that my label and I have mutually parted ways. The important thing for all of you to remember is that I’ve been a working musician my whole life. This is turning the page on a new chapter of my career. Artistic freedom and control is an exciting prospect. The things that are most important to me is creating my art, performing it, and my fans. With the momentum that all of you have created over the years, Taylor Hicks is not going to stop anytime soon. I’ve started working on the new album, writing and scheduling exciting collaborations. The DVD, Whomp at the Warfield, is in it’s final stages, and will be released soon. So as one door closes, a new one opens for 2008 with more excitement for all my fans than ever before. Sit tight, because the best is yet to come!
I hope he finds a decent label or distribution deal soon. It can be an uphill battle to go independent…