There’s some very good news breaking on the Taylor Hicks album front. Looks like he’s found a distributor, a producer, and set a release date–February 10, 2009– for his upcoming album:
Celebrating his birthday today, Hicks has tapped the independent artist services company Artist To Market (A2M) to release his much-buzzed-about new album, due in stores on February 10, 2009. The platinum-selling singer-songwriter will be releasing the new title with complete control of direction and ownership of his masters on his solely owned and operated, Modern Whomp Records label. Hicks is currently in the studio with producer Simon Climie (Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Faith Hill).
Some of the artists on the A2M roster are Tommy Lee, Sinead O’Connor, Tracey Lawrence and Dolly Parton.
The National Tour of the Broadway musical Grease begins on December 2 featuring Taylor as the Teen Angel. It runs through April.
When Taylor announced he’d be joining the Grease tour, I figured it meant his album wouldn’t drop until after the tour, but it looks like there’s been much activity behind the scenes to ready this album for release, which is a good thing. After Taylor is done with Grease, hopefully a summer tour will follow to promote the album.