ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WALA) - It has been seven years since Alabama's own Taylor Hicks won this country's heart, winning the fifth season of FOX's American Idol. Now, he's back on the Gulf Coast performing in the first annual Shindig on the Sand at Flora-Bama the weekend of June 14.
"[It's] very good to be home, glad to be at the Florabama," Hicks said. "Obviously, [my] family has been here for a long time, lots of friends, lots of great musicians that are here that I get to see. Looking forward to spending some time, and having a little fun here on the beach."
Hicks reminisced back on his days on Idol, winning in front of millions of Americans.
"It was one of the greatest moments of my life because it allowed me to stay true to who I was as artist and become an entertainer," Hicks said. "Growing up here as a musician and working as many places as I could along the Panhandle. It really taught me about some of those experiences that allowed me to win American Idol."
Like anyone who has made it, Hicks and the Flora-Bama are determined to give other musicians a leg up. 'Shindig' will raise $100,000 to American Family Care over the next 20 years, $5,000 every 12 months to providing local musicians with healthcare.
"It's so important, what these musicians do and these entertainers do for the local economies. Whether it's places like the Flora-Bama or anywhere on the beach, it's just important to give back to those musicians, and the Flora-Bama has done that," Hicks said.
The Flora-Bama is just as excited to have Hicks.
"[Hicks is] a great guy. He puts out some really great music and people come from all over to see him play," said Candice Blake with the Flora-Bama.
Hicks will be on the beach stage Friday, June 14 at 7 p.m. and on the main stage Saturday at 10 p.m.
Tickets are $10 for the day, and $25 for a weekend pass. Children 12 and under get in free.
To see a schedule of the 70 musical acts, click here.
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