From the moment he won the fifth season of American Idol, Taylor Hicks has let his heart lead him in his musical journey.
And recently, that heart of his led him to the organization NS2 Serves.
NS2 Serves® is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose purpose is to give back to the community it serves by training and employing veterans in high-tech careers. The course is open to post-9/11 U.S. military service veterans and reservists (including disabled veterans), service members with orders to leave active duty, and Gold Star spouses who meet eligibility requirements.
From October 10-24, Hicks will not only tour across the East Coast, but he will be also donating a pair of tickets and meet-and-greet packages for all six shows to a silent auction that will directly benefit NS2 Serves.
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@ns2serves is an incredible organization improving the lives of veterans across the country, and I'm honored to use this tour as platform to elevate its mission. We owe an insurmountable debt to our nation's heroes, and this concert series is a chance for fans to support a program helping veterans transition from boots to suits and excel in high-tech careers. You can bid on ticket and meet & greet packages for yourself or as a gift for a veteran here: bidpal.net/taylorhicks
Recently, One Country sat down with the soulful music man to talk about his work with NS2 Serves and why these opportunities are making his career more fulfilling than ever right now.
ONE COUNTRY: Can you tell us a little more about how you hooked up with NS2 Serves?
TAYLOR HICKS: “(NS2 Serves PR consultant) Laurie Baker works there and we have been really close for a long time. She has done work in that space for over a decade, so when she explained to me about NS2 Serves, I knew I wanted to somehow get involved. This is by far the most effective and most brilliantly laid out veteran program I have seen her with. This organization is just common sense, with a lot of people working together to do something amazing.”
ONE COUNTRY: Working with veterans is something you have done for years. How have your interactions with the service men and women of our country changed you?
TAYLOR HICKS: “Luckily for me, I have been able to travel all over the world and I have been able to see how much the cost of freedom actually costs. I grew up with people who were in the service. These are the people we have to take care of. I think everyone should have access to see a third world country to see what the cost of freedom truly is. It’s always struck a chord with me.”
ONE COUNTRY: It must be cool to use your music in a way in which you not only entertain people, but you find a way to give back.
TAYLOR HICKS: “Definitely. These intimate shows we are going to be doing is a great way to have a veteran come out and enjoy a night of good music. It’s the least I can do.”
ONE COUNTRY: We hear rumblings that new music is just around the corner. Can you confirm?
TAYLOR HICKS: “I’ve spent about the last year and a half recording at Zac Brown’s Southern Ground studio in Nashville. It’s such a great space to record in. And yes, new music is coming and I’m really excited about it. I want this upcoming record to be a true representation of who I am and who I have always wanted to be. You can pigeon hole the sound of a lot of people these days, but you can’t pigeon hole me. (Laughs.)”
ONE COUNTRY: So very true. It’s almost as if this is the perfect time for your brand of music, don’t you think?
TAYLOR HICKS: “I definitely think so. I mean, look at some of the artists that are out there right now like Chris Stapleton and Tyler Childers. The sincerity of the song itself is coming back.”
To view the tour dates and place a bid on ticket packages, please visit: bidpal.net/taylorhicks