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Taylor Hicks (born October 7, 1976) is an American soul singer, songwriter, and musician. He was an independent artist for the span of a decade before rising to prominence as the winner of the fifth season of American Idol.

Upon winning American Idol, Taylor Hicks was immediately signed to Arista Records, under which his major-label debut, called Taylor Hicks, was released on December 12, 2006. His energetic stage performances and influences derived from classic soul, blues, and R&B music have earned him a following of devout fans, who have dubbed themselves the "Soul Patrol".

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Taylor Hicks was born at Saint Vincent's Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama on October 7, 1976, to Bradley Hicks and Pamela Dickinson Hicks. As an infant, he had blond hair. His hair color turned dark brown/black as an adolescent and started turning gray by the time he was 13. When Taylor Hicks was five years old, he would sing to random strangers the music of Kenny Rogers or Michael Jackson. He bought his first harmonica when he was 16, for $2 at a flea market in Bessemer, Alabama, and taught himself to play blues harp. He discovered that he possessed absolute pitch when he realized that he was able to recognize the pitches of ordinary noises and mimic them on the harmonica. He wrote his first song, "In Your Time", at the age of 18, and later taught himself to play guitar when he was 19.

Taylor Hicks auditioned for American Idol in Las Vegas, Nevada in September 2005. On the May 10, 2006 results show, Taylor Hicks along with Katharine McPhee and Elliott Yamin, were announced as the Top 3 finalists. On May 12, Idol producers brought him to Birmingham for a weekend of promotional events including television interviews for the local FOX affiliate, a downtown parade, concerts, and an audience with Governor Bob Riley. Taylor Hicks was named the new American Idol on May 24, 2006 winning the title over McPhee, with over 63.4 million votes cast in total. With his win, Taylor Hicks (at 29) became the oldest person to win American Idol. He is the fifth Southerner to win American Idol, the second winner from Birmingham, Alabama after season 2 winner Ruben Studdard, as well as the fourth finalist with Birmingham ties. He is the third winner to have never landed in the bottom two or three, after Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood.

Taylor Hicks signed a recording contract with Arista Records in conjunction with 19 Recordings Unlimited, the label managed by AI creator Simon Fuller, in May 2006. His debut single "Do I Make You Proud" debuted on the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 and was subsequently certified gold by the RIAA. He made guest appearances in concerts by Snoop Dogg, Widespread Panic and Willie Nelson, among others. Taylor Hicks also joined his fellow Top 10 Idol finalists on the American Idols Live tour which ran from July to September in 2006.