Remember Taylor Hicks? You may be surprised what this 'American Idol' is up to now

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Remember Taylor Hicks? You may be surprised what this 'American Idol' is up to now
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 22: Recording artist Taylor Hicks arrives at Tony La Russa's 3rd annual Leaders & Legends Gala benefitting the Animal Rescue Foundation at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino on November 22, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for Animal Rescue Foundation)
Frenchie Davis attends the 45th Annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden on February 23, 2003 in New York City. (Getty Images)
Singer Sanjaya Malakar attends The 2nd Annual ASPCA Rock n' Roll LA Benefit at The Olympic Collection on October 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images)
David Archuleta performs during the 2011 "Make A Difference" benefit concert at the Ronald McDonald House on November 8, 2011 in New York City.
Kimberley Locke, Rickey Smith and Vanessa Olivarez. (Getty Images)
Singer Melinda Doolittle attends the Red Tie Gala Hosted by Blood:Water Mission and sponsored by Noodle & Boo at Hutton Hotel on November 21, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Getty Images)
​Who could forget Taylor Hicks? With that raspy voice and signature salt and pepper hair, he was leader of the notorious "soul patrol."

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Hicks was crowned the "American Idol" winner on May 24, 2006, taking the title over Katharine McPhee, with over 63.4 million votes cast in total.

Following his '06 win, Hicks signed a record deal and went on to release hits like "Do I Make You Proud," which debuted on the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100.

Unfortunately, that wasn't enough to keep sales consistent, and in '08, Hicks was dropped from the label.

Tony La Russa's 3rd Annual Leaders & Legend Gala Benefitting ARF
But, this didn't defeat Hicks; in fact, it had the opposite effect. Hicks was able to bounce back, and continues to make music today. He also joined the cast of Broadway musical, Grease, and had a Las Vegas residency at the Paris hotel and casino.

Today, Hicks is still rockin' out on his guitar (and harmonica, of course), and has also become a restaurateur. Hicks is a co-owner of Saw's Juke Joint in Birmingham, Alabama, which is described as a "upscale dive" BBQ joint.

We've also concluded that Hicks doesn't age..."soul patrol" for life!

See Hicks cook up one of his favorite southern comfort foods here:
Taylor Hicks Shares His BBQ Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers Recipe
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