Taylor Hicks Pre-Idol Picture

This is my favorite Taylor Hicks picture. Doesn’t it speak volumes about Taylor’s artistry and passion? This picture is what drew me toward Taylor and his music before he opened his mouth to sing.


About Masterclass Lady

Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

4 Responses to “Taylor Hicks Pre-Idol Picture”

  1. IbelieveinTHesong January 21, 2007 at 12:50 am

    Hi, MCLady —

    I somehow found your website through a search for TH’s lyrics — so I bookmarked it.

    I remember reading your original impression of this soulful picture, & I definitely agree with you. Tay seems completely lost in his music (and pulls me into his world whenever he sings).

    I loved your AI critiques this last season & will try to stop by again (once AI gets past all this crazy stuff they’re airing right now).


  2. Hi there believer!

    Thank you for your kind comments. I am looking forward to Season 6, but it will be hard to find a talent as special and as genuine as Taylor. He paved the way, you know?

    Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you once again.


  3. IbelieveinTHesong January 27, 2007 at 2:51 pm

    YES (as GrayCharles says)!!! There will never be another Taylor — I play his amazing CD over & over. And I can hardly wait to see what he sings on his 2nd CD, & 3rd, & 4th…

    Btw, on GoFish Artist Voices (link on GC), Tay says that his collaboration with John Mayer has been finished on both sides — it just needs to be merged into one song (Mayer on music, Tay on lyrics). Go watch the Q&A videos on GoFish, plus hundreds of fan videos.


  4. I have watched the videos and they are great. I even posted one. Ha!

    Been away for a few days, so lots of “catch up” happening this week.

    Thanks for posting again.


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