It's been six years since "American Idol" alum Taylor Hicks has released new music. While the season five winner of the popular FOX singing completion show is putting the final finishing touches on his upcoming 2016 album, Hicks is tiding over fans by digitally releasing two limited edition albums Thursday, including a previously unreleased track titled "No Place I'd Rather Be," according to a press release.
Fans get the chance to listen to two of Hicks' earliest albums that were recorded before he appeared on "American Idol," both of which were independently released, USA Today reported. His 1997 album "In Your Time" features a 2015 recording of the track "Somehow," and 2005's "Under The Radar" features his previously unreleased song "No Place I'd Rather Be," which features country singer Marcus Hummon.
The song features twangy acoustic guitars courtesy of Hummon, and Hicks croons the lines "Is there someplace you'd rather be? / Am I a lover who can fit your fantasy?" in his signature southern accent-tinged blue-eyed soul croon.
Hicks will hit the road for a slew of holiday-themed concerts across the U.S. before he prepares to release his forthcoming album in early 2016, according to a press release. His tour dates include Hollywood, Calif. on Nov. 29 at the Hollywood Christmas Parade, and on Dec. 4 in Montgomery, Ala. at the Annual State Christmas Tree Lighting.
Listen to Hicks' "No Place I'd Rather Be," featuring Hummon below.