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PostSubject: REVIEW: Taylor Hicks Shares The Dream at McKinney Performing   Fri Apr 20, 2012 7:51 pm

From time to time, a singer/songwriter comes along with a sound so distinctly their own, it defies comparison. As a music lover, this thrills me. As a writer, I'm stumped. Willie Nelson sounds like Willie Nelson. Springsteen sounds like Springsteen. And Taylor Hicks? Well, Taylor Hicks sounds like Taylor Hicks. And people, trust me. This is a good thing. No wonder this guy is the winningest- winner American Idol has ever seen. With Hicks' soul infused gut-wrenching vocals, and the R&B stylings of the Little Memphis Blues Orchestra, no one was ready for the party to end when Hicks opened the McKinney
Performing Arts Center's fall season last weekend with a heart and soul performance that will keep North Texas buzzing for days to come.Hicks is at home on the stage. And, with his powerful voice, his salt and pepper good looks and southern charm, he made a most gracious and captivating host indeed. The combination of his comfortable stage
presence, and the unique intimacy MPAC's Courthouse Theater provides,
definitely made for a special evening for all.

I can't talk about Taylor Hicks without mentioning his band, the LittleMemphis Blues Orchestra. Their energy and sheer talent was a force to be reckoned with. Standouts for me were Brian Less, ripping the keyboards to shreds, and one man woodwind section, Jeff Lopez, wailing on the sax, the clarinet, and sometimes both at the same time. Yes, both, at the same time. As for Lopez' flute solos, as a former flutist in a high school marching band, all I can say is, Dang Brother! Mad props for making the flute look and sound so cool!



In addition to enjoying a night filled with stellar performances, from
my vantage point as a writer covering the show, I was able to get a
small glimpse of a day in the life for Taylor Hicks and company. I came
away from the concert with a deep appreciation of how fun hard work can
be when you are living your dream and sharing it with others. Hicks
and crew busted their tail feathers before, during and after the show to
give the audience a musical experience to remember. From set up to
sound check, to pre-concert reception and performance, to a post show
meet and greet for every fan in attendance, these guys worked till long
after the final notes faded. All the while smiling, laughing, and with
the utmost respect and appreciation for those in attendance.

While the Taylor Hicks concert marks the beginning of MPAC's fall season, it
also wraps up McKinney's inaugural Music MashUp. Winning vocalist Williams and Perkins, and Jackie Wasson, all of McKinney, performed beautifully, opening for Hicks' show. These stand out performers were
selected as Mashup winners triumphing over 80 entries from throughout
Texas, winning a combined $2500.00 in cash prizes, in addition to the
honor of opening for Hicks.
TownSquareBuzz.com owner and publisher, Angie Bado, who helped
organize and sponsor the MashUp said, " We were just delighted to have
Taylor Hicks perform as the culmination to our MashUp fundraiser for
MPAC! He put on a fantastic show and I think that our MashUp winners
were very excited to meet him and open for him."

For your viewing pleasure, TownSquareBuzz.com will bring you video
clips via Buzz TV of Taylor Hicks in concert, with special guests,
Williams and Perkins, and Jackie Wasson.


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PostSubject: Re: REVIEW: Taylor Hicks Shares The Dream at McKinney Performing   Fri Apr 20, 2012 11:21 pm

Love this article. Thanks for posting it.
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PostSubject: Re: REVIEW: Taylor Hicks Shares The Dream at McKinney Performing   Fri Apr 20, 2012 11:30 pm

I know for once a great right up, he needs to frame this one!


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PostSubject: Re: REVIEW: Taylor Hicks Shares The Dream at McKinney Performing   Fri Apr 20, 2012 11:40 pm

Seriously. Maybe I should print it out for him, draw up something to jazz it up a little and mail it to him. Might be cool.
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