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American Idol winner Hicks to open 2012 GAC with concert

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The CUNA Councils is sponsoring the event which will see Hicks and his band will take the stage on Sunday night, March 18, at 8:30 p.m. (ET), after the grand opening of the Exhibit Hall. Hicks, the fifth-season winner of American Idol in 2006, is known for his gritty, soulful, southern vocals and engaging live performances.

The platinum-selling singer/songwriter released his latest album, The Distance in 2009. Hicks has seen his debut album certified platinum, performed with such music greats as Earth, Wind & Fire, The Allman Brothers, and Willie Nelson, has toured through Asia, penned a brisk-selling Random House memoir, and made his Broadway debut in Grease. He is currently working on a new studio album while continuing performing with his eight-piece band for select dates.

"Taylor Hicks is a great opening act for the 2012 GAC," said Erin Mendez, chair of the CUNA Council Forum and executive vice president/COO of SchoolsFirst FCU in Santa Ana, Calif. "CUNA Councils is pleased to again sponsor the GAC concert, bringing attendees together to launch an exciting credit union week in Washington D.C."

Late last month, CUNA annnounced as GAC headliners former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and America's iconic journalistic duo, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. The GAC will be held March 18-22 at the Washington Convention Center. Both Rice and Woodward and Bernstein are scheduled for March 19.

CUNA's GAC is the credit union movement's premier political event and its largest national conference, each year providing more than 4,000 credit union executives and board members an opportunity to hear influential leaders from the U.S. Congress, the administration and federal regulatory agencies.

You can find out more about the 2012 CUNA GAC by clicking here.