Let this moment unravel, and we’ll be all right.

Gray Charles has confirmed that “Just To Feel That Way” will be Taylor Hicks’ first single. “Impact date TBD,” whatever the hell that means. Maybe RCA heard the rumblings, or maybe Gray was just a little slow on the uptake (or the trickle-down; I don’t know exactly how privy he is to to the J Records goings-on).

This is probably a pretty smart move. For a push to Top 40 radio, the song is pop enough to please the kiddies, yet soul enough (the rollicking Coldplay-esque piano, Taylor’s rough, growly belting) to please the hard-cores. And it stands out just a little bit, but not too much, which seems to be the mantra of A&R and of radio in general these days. Here’s hoping that the single does well, and it opens the doors for some of Taylor’s “edgier” (read: different) songs, like “Heaven Knows,” to receive future airplay.

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1 Response to “Let this moment unravel, and we’ll be all right.”


  1. 1 MaryS-NJ January 3, 2007 at 9:39 pm

    What’s funny about JTFTW is that it isn’t at all what I would have expected on a Taylor Hicks album, but it’s this song in which his voice is really showcased – playing against type, or something like that. I *immediately* loved it and I’m one of the “old school Taylor” fans. It’s got a vaguely Beatles/Billy Joel vibe, and will be a good fit for AC or AAA which suits me fine. I think it will be interesting to see what happens with it on Top 40.

    I know the conventional wisdom is Taylor has to have top 40 hits, and I’m sure the researchers are scratching their little marketeering heads trying to figure out what Taylor song will be a potential hit with the “High School Musical” set. I don’t think that will ever be Taylor’s milieu, and I don’t know what’s wrong with an Adult Contemporary-oriented Idol. We AC types buy lots of CDs.

    I hope Heaven Knows is next.


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