Hicks was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and is the son of Lucy and Ron Hicks.
Hicks had a recurring role on Titus and had roles in various movies and television series before playing the lead in How to Eat Fried Worms. He then appeared in Mostly Ghostly: Who Let the Ghosts Out? alongside many other Disney Channel stars. In 2009, he grabbed the co-lead role of Luther on Zeke & Luther. In 2011, he starred in Lemonade Mouth as Wendell "Wen" Gifford.
Hicks recorded a remake of the MC Hammer song "U Can't Touch This" with fellow Zeke and Luther co-star Daniel Curtis Lee. The music video for the song was shown June 29, 2009 on Disney XD. He made a remix of the song "In the Summertime" by Mungo Jerry. In late 2010 he wrote and recorded the song "Happy Universal Holidays" with Ryan Newman. In early 2011 he released a song called "Dance For Life" with Drew Seeley for the Disney Channel Original Series Shake It Up, which was featured on Shake It Up: Break It Down. Hicks co-wrote the tracks "Determinate", "Breakthrough" and "Livin' On a High Wire" for Lemonade Mouth. Hicks recorded a song called "We Burnin' Up" with Chris Brochu, which was released in 2011. On September 15, 2011, he released "Las Vegas (My City)", a hometown anthem about his struggles and dreams to succeed in the entertainment business. He is currently signed to Walt Disney Records.
- Down and Derby as Brady Davis (2005)
- The 12 Dogs of Christmas as Mike Stevens (2005)
- The Shaggy Dog as Quarterback (2006)
- How to Eat Fried Worms as Joe Guire (2006)
- Mostly Ghostly: Who Let the Ghosts Out? as Colin Doyle (2008)
- Lemonade Mouth as Wendell "Wen" Gifford (2011)
- Mr. Young as Staff (2012)
- Lemonade Mouth 2 as Wendell "Wen" Gifford (2012)
- Titus as Young Dave (2000-2002)
- The Funkhousers as Robbie Funkhouser (2002)
- That Was Then as Joshua Harrison (2002)
- Zeke & Luther as Luther Waffles (2009–2012)
- Jonas L.A. as DZ (2010)
- Peter Punk as Luther Waffles (2010)
- Disney's Friends for Change Games as Himself (2011)
- PrankStars as Himself (2011)
- So Random as Himself (2011)
- Pair of Kings as Boz (2012- 2013)
- Hicks was arrested on January 25, 2018 after committing armed robberies in Burbank, California.