Taylor Hicks, the Alabama-bred entertainer who first won over the hearts of America by winning the fifth season of American Idol, is making a lots of heads (and ears) turn with his inspiring version of a Christmas classic – just in time for the holiday season.
The million-selling recording artist has just released his stirring take on the standard “Silent Night,” which he says is very meaningful to him.
“I remember going to church on Christmas Eve and singing ‘Silent Night’ would just give me chills… All the lights in the church went dark. We would all sing softly together as we lit candles down the aisle. With the Nativity on the altar and being surrounded by my closest friends and family, it really made me feel the true spirit of Christmas – and still does to this day,” Taylor said.
“When we recorded the single a couple months ago, it was well after midnight. The studio was dark and we lit candles to help get us into that same spirit. What we laid down that night was very heartfelt, and I really hope the fans can feel that, too. There’s too much darkness in the world today – and my hope is that this song can shed some light into those dark places.”
“Silent Night” has already become the number one streamed song on the weekly PlayMPE Chart for the Christian music format, and is also being worked to pop radio and Holiday-oriented stations. The single is also available digitally through iTunes and Amazon.
The singer is getting himself in the holiday spirit with his appearance in the Hollywood Christmas Parade over Thanksgiving weekend, which will air on December 11 at 8pm ET/PT on the CW Network.
“One of my favorite things about the holiday season is having the opportunity to give back,” said Taylor. “Toys for Tots is a wonderful charity that I look forward to working with every year. There is no better feeling than being able to give back and be a small part of making a child’s Christmas extra special.”
Check out our interview with Taylor from the Hollywood Christmas Parade below!