Every year, in my talent competition, I am really amazed by the young talents that exist. So many children and teenagers really have enormous potential for success in the music business. We were proud in the talent competition to have placed many of our nominees on network shows like The Voice, American Idol, America’s Got Talent and other major opportunities.
I met a great talent a few years ago. When I had my TV show The Big Joe Henry Variety Show, my music director Pat Guadagno said we had to have this teenager on our show. Pat sent me a clip and I said book it, book it now.
His name is “King” Solomon Hicks and he is an excellent guitarist. Solomon is from Harlem and he has been playing at the famous Cotton Club since the age of 13 and quickly became their lead guitarist in the house band.
He has been compared to BB King in his performance and has toured the world and performed with a who’s who list in jazz, blues, and rock and roll. His style is very fluid with a seasoned performance and he plays with such confidence and not in a vain manner, far from it.
I was surprised when he started playing. He plays like he’s been playing for 50 years. I love his music and enjoyed our conversation. For your pleasure, I thought I would share my interview from my TV show and a sample of his music. If this is one example of the talented young musicians to come, the music world is in good hands.
Since that interview, âKingâ Solomon Hicks has continued to work with Grammy-nominated producers and released his own album. Solomon is only 26 years old and I can’t wait to follow the rest of his career. Good luck Solomon!
The above post reflects the thoughts and observations of Big Joe Henry, host of New Jersey 101.5 Weekend. All opinions expressed are those of Big Joe.