The Hoover-born singer, songwriter and former "American Idol" winner has a headlining spot at the hotel’s Indigo Lounge, starting June 26, and he’ll settle in with a piece of black Samsonite for the 40-concert run. Still, he’s used to that, after years on the road as a touring artist and a couple of stints in New York City (where Hicks appeared on Broadway in a revival of "Grease!") and Nashville (where he recently holed up to work on a country-soul record). And it’s one of those gigs that you don’t turn down.BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Taylor Hicks is living out of a suitcase again, but at least he’s doing it in style.For eight weeks this summer, Hicks’ home will be a celebrity suite at Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel & Casino.Taylor, who was born on October 7, 1976, wrote his first song "In Your Time" when he was just 18.Possessed by a strong passion in music, he then began exploring his talent by studying to play guitar.Raised in a suburban area of Hoover, Alabama since he was eight, Taylor Hicks started playing music after he bought his first harmonica at the age 16 and then taught himself how to play blues harp.Having a difficult childhood due to the divorce of his parents, he turned himself into soul and blues music genre in a bid to find solace.
He then pursued a major in business and journalism at Auburn University, but lost interest and dropped out after three years.Taylor Hicks is a talented singer best known in the world as the winner of the fifth season of American Idol.He is also famous for his albums like Taylor Hicks, The Distance and so on. Taylor Hicks was born as Taylor Reuben Hicks at the end of 1976 in Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America to Bradley Hicks and Pamela Dickinson. At the age of , he auditioned in the fifth season of reality television singing competition American Idol. He advanced to the top 20 and he performed the song Easy by Commodores."I think this is going to be like Elvis meets Jackson Browne, with a modern-day Wayne Newton twist," Hicks says."I might actually sing an Elvis song or two." Fans needn’t worry, however, that Hicks would ignore songs that became his touchstones on "Idol" in 2006.