The Heard County GPAC is announcing that country music performer and Carrollton native Noah Hicks has signed on to perform as the supporting act with Jon Langston at the new venue's opening concert on January 22. The new venue will open after Christmas with a series of concerts. “Hicks and Langston have collaborated and both have roots here in Georgia,” stated GPAC coordinator Paul Mixon. “So it made sense for us to try to land Hicks to support the Langston concert.” Tickets for the concert are available at HC-GPAC.COM or by calling 706-609-9888.
Raised in a musically inclined family (predominantly on his father’s side), Hicks was naturally drawn to the art form. A singer from birth, he and his best friend got their first guitars in third grade. “There was a bit of friendly competition with those guitars - who could learn to play quicker. It was great motivation to practice and learn.” But the moment that truly set Hicks on his current trajectory happened in high school at an Irish pub in his hometown. “I’d been introduced to local favorite Reed Morrison, who called me up one night at his show to sing. It was in that moment I knew music was my calling.”
Hicks spent the next several years honing his craft, while watching, listening to, and supporting fellow artists from his area, including up-and-coming stars like Dylan Marlowe and others. “I always made it a thing to go to shows - even if I wasn’t playing, I’d drive two or three hours just to go see shows and support the artist. I couldn’t get enough, and I figured I had a lot to learn - what better way than to watch and experience other artists’ live shows?” He continued to play throughout Georgia and Alabama, releasing his first single “Raised on the Radio” in 2018. “I threw a big single release party for it at this venue called The Amp in Carrollton - and the song jumped by 2,500 streams in the first hour. I saw it as a bit of a sign. I started traveling back and forth to Nashville.”
In January 2020, Hicks made his final trip to Nashville, officially moving to Music City and taking up residence on the couch of Marlowe, Tyler Chambers, and Chad Bishop. “They took me under their wings and introduced me to everyone they could.” In March, he released his sophomore single “Drinking Alone,” and soon began receiving inquiries from publishing companies in town - including Stover-owned RED Creative Group. “I took the meeting on the encouragement of my friends, and the minute I walked through the doors of RED, it felt right. I talked to Jeremy and Taylor, and for once it didn’t feel like I was going to be steered in the wrong direction. I knew immediately I was in good hands.”
With a hit songwriter and producer now at the helm of Hicks’ career, he found himself in writing rooms with other esteemed writers like Rhett Akins, Brandon Kinney, Cole Taylor, Jordan Walker, and Justin Weaver, further leaning into his sound as a writer and artist and, true to form, making a few friends in the process. “If we don’t write a good song, I feel like we come out good friends - I’m obviously chasing a good song, but if I can come out of a first write with a new friend, it’s a success in my book.”
Hard work combined with his people first mentality, leads Hicks to where he stands now: a promising up-and-comer with a series of releases throughout 2021 - including “No More Of ‘Em,” featuring Rhett Akins, “Miss You Back,” “Drinkin’ in a College Town,” feat. Jon Langston and Travis Denning, and “I Can Tell You’re Small Town.” What’s more, he takes his musical prowess and packages it in an unparalleled, high-energy live show that seals the deal for potential fans every time he takes the stage. “I never thought being a singer was even possible. I intended to do what everyone else did. I’ve worked farms, built fences, tended cows, tinted windows… Becoming an artist was always just a dream. Now I’m blessed to call it my job.”