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Taylor Hicks

Taylor Hicks

Taylor Hicks is the first “American Idol” winner to secure a long-term residency in Las Vegas (at Paris Las Vegas) and is quickly becoming one of the most popular acts in the city. One of the most beloved “American Idol” winners of all-time, his residency serves as a homecoming of sorts, as Las Vegas is where Hicks’ journey to fame began. He was in New Orleans the night before Hurricane Katrina. With his flight cancelled, he was given a free airplane voucher. Hicks used the ticket to travel to Las Vegas, where coincidentally “American Idol” auditions were being held.

From the start, Taylor’s material on “American Idol” set him apart, with a unique take on southern soul, R & B, country and blues. More than 63 million votes were cast and nearly 37 million viewers tuned in to crown Hicks the Season 5 winner of “American Idol,” making it one of the most watched television events of the decade. The applause hasn’t stopped since he stepped off that stage. Less than three weeks after Hicks’ Idol win, his debut single, “Do I Make You Proud,” entered at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100, Pop 100 and Single Sales charts. Coinciding with the single release, a cover story named Hicks askedPeople Magazine’s “Hottest Bachelor of the Year.” His self-titled album, “Taylor Hicks” (Arista), debuted #2 on the Billboard 200 and was quickly certified RIAA platinum.

On Broadway, Hicks starred in the hit musical, “Grease” as Teen Angel, and when asked to join the national tour, happily agreed. The 18-month tour connected him with fans across the United States and Canada.

Hicks, who hails from Birmingham, Ala., was destined for the musical stage from an early childhood. Focusing on music full-time, he then became a fixture around the southeast, playing concerts and club dates with visiting stars like James Brown, Tom Petty, Jackson Browne, Robert Randolph, Keb’ Mo’ and Widespread Panic among others, and released two independent albums “In Your Time” and “Under The Radar.” These albums were compiled and released by Vanguard Records as “Early Works.”


Eva Shockey

Eva Shockey

Eva Shockey knows what it means to be part of the Outdoor Industry. Growing up with Jim Shockey as her father brought Eva into the outdoors and in front of the camera at an early age. With a combined passion for conservation and adventure, Eva is now a full-fledged 'Outdoor Channel' and 'Wild TV' personality and is quickly making a name for herself within the industry as a proud, female outdoors-woman. Spending over 250 days per year traveling the world to hunt and co-host "Jim Shockey's Hunting Adventures" as well as represent the Outdoor Channel at various television hosting appearances, red carpet events and attend trade-shows across Canada and the USA, Eva has found a way to balance hunting, travel and family into what she calls the “best lifestyle in the world”.


Mitch Truswell

Mitch Truswell

Mitch is an Emmy award-winning journalist with more than 20 years experience in television news. Mitch worked as a reporter, anchor and producer in markets that include Sacramento, Phoenix and Las Vegas. In addition to his work in television Mitch has been involved with a number of non-profit organizations.


Scott Heaton

Scott Heaton

Scott started announcing motorsports events in 1994: outdoor motocross, voice of IHRA Nitro Jam drag racing, voice of Monster Jam, IFMA freestyle motocross, pro truck racing and oval track car racing. Since that time he has branched out to BMX, skateboard and Dock Dogs events. He's performed as live event emcee and does tv/radio commercial voice over and production. He travels 40-45 weekends a year for live events, and cuts and produces 15 plus commercials per year. He's the owner of RoadNoise Entertainment.