From Taylor Hicks’ work on his upcoming soulful country single to which stylist Tonya Jones would like to cut her hair, our one on one conversation this month between entertainer and American Idol alum Hicks and hair stylist Jones touched on a lot of different subjects.
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Hicks is one of the most beloved and popular American Idol winners of all time. Sixty-four million votes were cast and nearly 37 million American viewers and more than 200 million viewers worldwide tuned in to crown Hicks the Season 5 winner, making that American Idol episode one of the most-watched TV events of the last decade.
Less than three weeks after his victory, his debut single, “Do I Make You Proud,” entered at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100, Pop 100, and Single Sales Charts. His self-titled album (Arista), debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and was quickly certified RIAA Platinum. In 2007, Hicks penned a brisk-selling autobiography, Heart Full of Soul (Random House). On Broadway, he starred in the hit musical GREASE as Teen Angel and joined the 18-month national tour.
In June 2012, Hicks began performing at Bally’s Las Vegas and then at Paris Las Vegas. On August 30, 2012, he performed at the closing night of the 2012 Republican National Convention, playing to a crowd of 18,500 delegates in Tampa, Florida, and a national TV audience of more than 30 million viewers. In addition to headlining at Paris Las Vegas and other Caesars Entertainment properties all over the United States, he is currently in the studio working on his first country album.
Jones has turned her style and craft into a successful business that has become an icon in Birmingham’s fashion and style community. After a career spent learning the art of hair styling, she opened her namesake salon in Cahaba Village near Whole Foods back in 2009.
Last year, she opened a second location in the heart of English Village, more than doubling her capacity and increasing her profile as one of the city’s top stylists.
Tonya Jones SalonSpa is an Aveda Lifestyle SalonSpa, and it features that company’s plant-based hair care and skin care products. From a cut and style to color, waxing, hair treatments, and makeup services, Jones offers clients a full range of style and spa services.