NEW YORK, NY. (Top40 Charts/ Arista Records) - American Idol's current reigning champion Taylor Hicks
is now a platinum recording artist. His self-titled debut album TAYLOR HICKS (Arista Records/19 Recordings) was certified platinum by the Recording Industry
Association of America
selling over one million copies since its release on December 12, 2006.
Hicks has reached this coveted platinum milestone prior to the release of an official single. The first single, "Just To Feel That Way," goes to radio this week.
To ring in the New Year Hicks will also kick off his first headlining tour on Wednesday, February 21st, in Jacksonville, Florida at the Florida Theater with dates currently scheduled to run through April 27th in Kansas City, MO. This is the first time fans will be able to see him perform songs from the new album in a live venue.
After a lifetime steeped in blues, soul, pop and R&B, Taylor's artistry was reaffirmed and validated in no uncertain terms this past year, when he won the fifth season of FOX's American Idol on May 24, 2006.