Who is Taral Hicks?
Taral Hicks is best known as an R&B singer and actress, who played the role of Jane Williams alongside the famous Robert De Niro in the 1993 “Bronx Tale.” She is the woman behind the song “Silly” (1997), which was Deniece William’s cover version that came in at position four on Billboard (Billboard-Bubbling Under Hot 100.)
Taral’s Age, Zodiac Sign, Early Life, Family, and Education Background
Taral Nikisha Hicks was born on 21 September 1974 under the Virgo zodiac sign, in The Bronx, New York City USA, which makes her 45 years old as of 2020.
Although the details of her parents remain unknown, she does have an elder sister, D’Atra Hikes, a singer and actress who appeared on Tyler Perry’s Madea Family Reunion stage play as Jackie Simmons. She is also sister to Miriam Hikes, who is a gospel singer.
Taral joined Teaneck High School before attending Grace Dodge Vocational High School, based in The Bronx, and matriculated in 1993.
Taral’s Professional Career and Rise to Stardom
Taral Hicks has made a very successful career in singing as well as acting.
Her acting career began in 1993, when she appeared alongside Robert De Niro in the popular film, “A Bronx Tale.” She would later on make appearances in films such as “Simply Cause” alongside Laurence Fishburne and Sean Connery in 1995, “Educating Matt Waters” in 1996, and “Preachers Wife” (1997) in which she featured with Whitney Houston and Denzel Washington.
The audience took notice and loved her 1997’s “Subway Stories”, which was an HBO Original Film – Taral’s performance as “The Woman With Flowers” who sang on the payphone to her mother was ranked as one of her best works ever.
The next year was also a great success to Taral, as she appeared in “Belly” as DMX’s girlfriend, Kisha to play her most significant role since her debut; her video of “Silly” appeared in the scenes of the film. After this film was released, Taral was absent from music and film until she made her next appearance in 2000’s “Are You Cinderella?” short film alongside actor Wood Harris. Later on, she had two TV guest roles: the 2003’s “The New Math” episode of the “Soul Food: The Series”, and “100 Centre Street” of 2002 in the episode “Fathers.”
Taral made appearances in freelance films such as “The Salon” (2005) together with Darrin Henson and Vivica A. Fox, “Forbidden Fruits” of 2006 alongside R&B artist Keith Sweat and Fredro Starr, 2007’s “Humenetorny” and the “Ex$pendable” of 2008. Taral’s music career has also been a success, having signed deals with several popular studios such as Motown Records (1995) which she worked very closely with to release an album called “This Time”, currently out of print.
Her recording contract at Motown was terminated shortly after the firing of its then-president, Harrell, and the relocation of its corporate headquarters to New York City. Her single that was written, produced by, and featuring Missy Elliott entitled “Ooh, Ooh Baby” was one of her best works, and even appeared on R&B singles chart’s Billboard. Hicks’ lead single which was to debut her music career was an up-tempo track entitled “Distant Lover” produced by T. Riley. However, the album didn’t take off until the release of the second single “Silly,” which was D. Williams’ classic R&B remake.
Over her career as a singer, Taral has made appearances in several plays such as “Mama I Want to Sing” on Broadway, in which she assumed a singing role that had previously been assigned to her elder sister, D’Atra, a few years previously – this was her first-ever appearance.
Taral Hicks Personal Life, Husband, and Children
Hicks dated actor Chazz Palminteri, who played the lead role in “Bronx Tale” film, in 1996 but broke up the same year. The “Bronx Tale” actress is now married to Loren Dawson whom she met and started dating in 1999.
As seen in her filmography, Taral stopped making stage appearances after she got into a relationship and married in 2001. The couple has been together for close to two decades now, and has been blessed with two children, both boys.
Taral Hicks Body Measurements and Features
Taral is African-American who has a well-built body structure, and stands at 5ft 9ins (1.74m) tall. She is reputed to weigh 145lbs (66kgs), and her vital statistics are 35-28-35. Additionally, Taral has dark brown hair and brown eyes..
Taral Hicks Net Worth
Taral has generated most of her income through her professional career as an actor and a singer. Reputable sources estimate that she has a net worth of over $500,000. Currently, she makes appearances on several public programs and events.
Taral is active on various social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook. Her Instagram account is followed by more than 72,000 fans. She is currently living in North Jersey, together with her husband and two sons, and works as a teacher.