American Idol Winner Taylor Hicks To Perform Opening Concert for the 2012 Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington D.C.

Mark Wolff – CUNA Communications; (202) 508-6764;
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Washington, D.C . (October 19, 2011) – Credit Union National Association announced today that American Idol star Taylor Hicks and will perform at the 2012 Governmental Affairs Conference opening concert.  Hicks and his band will take the stage on Sunday night, March 18 at 8:30 p.m., after the grand opening of the Exhibit Hall.

Since becoming the fifth season winner of American Idol in 2006, Taylor Hicks’s has gained a strong following.  Hicks is best 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 the likes of Earth, Wind & Fire, The Allman Brothers and Willie Nelson, toured through Asia, penned a brisk-selling Random House memoir, and made his Broadway debut in Grease.  He is currently living in Nashville and 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/Chief Operating Officer at SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union  in Santa Ana, California. “CUNA Councils is pleased to again sponsor the GAC concert, bringing attendees together to launch an exciting credit union week in Washington D.C.”

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 Congress, the Administration and the federal regulatory agencies.

Recognized as the key conference to attend for political impact, credit union networking and industry updates, the GAC also offers a wide array of educational breakout sessions, the industry’s largest exhibitor showcase, guest/family programs to tour Washington’s sights, and special entertainment including the opening concert and the closing gala reception and dance.

Additional speakers, events, and session topics will be announced in the weeks to come.  For more information and to register, please go to

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