In August 2006, Hicks's lawyers sued a producer with whom he worked in Nashville, for redistributing without permission songs that Hicks had copyrighted in 1997.
The lawsuit was dropped when the masters were handed over to Hicks.
Upon winning Idol, he was signed to Arista Records, under which his self-titled major label debut was released on December 12, 2006.
Hicks auditioned for American Idol in Las Vegas, Nevada, on October 10, 2005.
Hicks passed the audition with the approval of judges Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul, but not Simon Cowell, who said that Hicks would never make it to the final round.
Hicks also joined his fellow Top 10 Idol finalists on the American Idols LIVE! The members of the former Taylor Hicks Band, formed by Hicks two years prior, regrouped as the Little Memphis Blues Orchestra and shadowed the Idols' tour route.
Hicks occasionally appeared as a "special guest" when circumstances permitted, and was even accompanied at times by the other Idols, such as Elliott Yamin, Chris Daughtry, Ace Young, and Bucky Covington.
He recorded, produced, and released a second album, Under the Radar, in 2005.