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'American Idol' Taylor Hicks Signs with APA

Taylor Hicks
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Taylor Hicks photographed in 2015.

American Idol Season 5 winner Taylor Hicks has signed with APA, Billboard has learned.

Hicks, who made an appearance on this season's premiere of the Fox singing competition, currently in its final season, is putting the finishing touches on his latest album to be released this year, with plans for an upcoming tour as well.

“I’m a long-time fan and thrilled to be working with Taylor Hicks,” said APA’s Seth Rappaport in making the announcement.  “His soulfulness and passion is evident in his music and live performances.”

Hicks won American Idol in one of the most-watched finales of the show’s history after 64 million votes were cast, 200 million viewers worldwide tuned for his victory.

The Alabama native’s debut single, “Do I Make You Proud,” entered at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100, Pop 100, and Single Sales Charts. His self-titled album (Arista) debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and was quickly certified RIAA Platinum. Hicks is also the first male Idol winner to be featured on a Grammy Award-winning album, Jimmy Fallon’s Blow Your Pants Off, which took home the 2013 Grammy for Best Comedy Album. Digitally remastered versions of his two previous albums -- In Your Time (1997) and Under The Radar (2005) were also recently released for the first time. 

Hicks recently wrapped a successful residency at Paris Casino in Las Vegas, as well as other Caesars Entertainment properties across the United States.

He also performed on Broadway in 2008, and in the national tour of the famed musical Grease in 2009, playing the Teen Angel role originated by Alan Paul.

The singer is also a partner Saw’s Juke Joint, a local eatery in Birmingham, Alabama, which has become one of the most popular BBQ and live music bar restaurants in the region.

Hicks kicks off 2016 with a sold-out show at the Bartlett Performing Arts Center in Bartlett, Tn. He will also appear at the Pastime Theatre in Winfield, AL on Feb. 13.

>APA (Agency for the Performing Arts) is one of the largest diversified talent agencies in Los Angeles with headquarters in Beverly Hills, Nashville and New York.

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