Nick Fradiani

Nick Fradiani

Nick Fradiani
Background information
Birth name Nicholas James Fradiani Jr.
Born (1985-11-15) November 15, 1985
Guilford, Connecticut, United States
Genres Pop
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 2011–present
Labels 19, Big Machine, Republic
Associated acts Beach Avenue, Cassadee Pope

Nick Fradiani (November 15, 1985)[1] is an American singer from Guilford, Connecticut.[2] He rose to regional attention as the lead singer of pop/rock band Beach Avenue when they won the Battle of the Bands at Mohegan Sun in 2011. They gained national recognition in 2014 when they competed on the ninth season of the reality talent show America's Got Talent, although only making it to "Judgement Week".[3]

In 2015, Fradiani entered as a solo singer on the 14th season of the singing reality show competition American Idol. Fradiani won the show in May 2015, becoming the first winner from the Northeast region. He came from Connecticut in the New York Audition. He will headline the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2015, a 37-city tour over eight weeks featuring the top five contestants. The tour starts in July 2015 in Florida and ends late August in California.

Contents

  • Early life and education 1
  • Beach Avenue 2
  • American Idol 3
    • Performances 3.1
  • Discography 4
    • EPs 4.1
    • Singles 4.2
      • Beach Avenue 4.2.1
      • Solo 4.2.2
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life and education

Nicholas James Fradiani IV is the son of Nick Fradiani III, a musician, and Elizabeth Fradiani (née Maher).[4][5] He is of Italian and Irish descent.[6] His very talented father performed in clubs and on cruise ships. He also taught Nick his son to play drums, giving him a drum set when he was two years old, then to play piano, and later how to hold a guitar.[5] Fradiani has a sister, Kristen.

Fradiani has a Bachelor's degree in history from Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts.[7] As a musician in a band, he held a daytime job as a computer software salesman for a couple of months. after obtaining a History degree, Fradiani intermittently subbed at schools while mainly focusing on picking up gigs at local bars where he could.

Fradiani became well known for his covers of Matchbox 20 and Katy Perry songs which he played religiously at all of his gigs.

Beach Avenue

Fradiani rose to regional attention as the lead singer of Milford, Connecticut-based pop/rock band Beach Avenue when they won the Battle of the Bands at Mohegan Sun in 2011. The five member band was known to release original materials including Something to Believe In EP in June 2012 and Driving That Road EP in July 2013. In 2014, they released two singles "Coming Your Way" and "Feel the Beat".[8]

The members of the band are:

  • Nick Fradiani, IV – lead vocals and guitar
  • Nick Abraham – lead guitar, mandoline, and backing vocals
  • Nick Fradiani, III (Fradiani's father) – keyboards and backing vocals
  • Jonah Ferrigno – bass
  • Ryan Zipp – drums

Three members of the band, Fradiani, Abraham and Zipp gained national recognition 2014 when they competed on the ninth season of the reality talent show America's Got Talent, singing their original composed song "Coming Your Way".[9] Fradiani cites singing the original song on the show as his "biggest career break".[10] The audition was aired on NBC in July 2014, and the song entered the iTunes Pop Singles Chart reaching #53; it sold 6,000 copies in the first week after the televised audition.[11] All four judges voted "yes" for the band to go to the next round. The band made it to "Judgement Week"[12] broadcast on July 22 and 23, 2014 before elimination. The song remained in the Top 200 for over two weeks, selling more than 10,000 copies.

American Idol

Fradiani auditioned in New York City and his golden ticket song was Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes".[13] During Hollywood Week, he sang "Babylon" by David Gray. He sang Train's "Drops of Jupiter" during the House of Blues Showcase, earning his spot in the Top 24. He was announced as the winner on May 13, 2015, with Clark Beckham the other contestant/finalist finishing runner-up. Fradiani's winning song was "Beautiful Life", recorded on Big Machine label. "Beautiful Life" is the FIFA 2015 Women's World Cup Official Anthem.

Performances

Week Theme Song(s) Original artist(s)
Auditions Contestant's choice "In Your Eyes" Peter Gabriel
Hollywood Week Group round "Rude" Magic!
Hollywood Week Solo round "Babylon" David Gray
House of Blues (Top 48) Contestant's choice "Drops of Jupiter" Train
Top 24 Contestant's choice "Thinking Out Loud" Ed Sheeran
Top 16 Music of Motown "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" Stevie Wonder
Top 12 "Back to the Start" "In Your Eyes" Peter Gabriel
Top 11 (first week) "Get the Party Started" "Wake Me Up" Avicii
Top 11 (second week) Songs from the Movies "Danger Zone" from Top Gun Kenny Loggins
Top 9 Songs from the 1980s "Man in the Mirror" Michael Jackson
Top 8 Kelly Clarkson "Catch My Breath" Kelly Clarkson
Top 7 Billboard Hot 100 "Teenage Dream" Katy Perry
Top 6 "American classics"
as deemed by viewers[14]
"American Girl"
"Only the Good Die Young"
Tom Petty
Billy Joel
Top 5 "Arena anthems"[15] "Harder to Breathe"
"Maggie May"
Maroon 5
Rod Stewart
Top 4 Judges' Hometown
Contestant's own soul
"Bright Lights"
"What Hurts the Most"
Matchbox Twenty
Mark Willis[16]
Top 3 Scott Borchetta's Choice
Judges' Choice
Hometown's Choice
"Because the Night"
"Back Home"
"I'll Be"
Patti Smith
Andy Grammer
Edwin McCain
Top 2 Simon Fuller's Choice
Favorite Performance
Winner's Single
"Bright Lights"
"I Won't Give Up"
"Beautiful Life"
Matchbox Twenty
Jason Mraz
Nick Fradiani
Finale Encore with original artist "Back Home"
"Honey, I'm Good."
Andy Grammer

Discography

EPs

as part of Beach Avenue
Title and details Track listing
Something to Believe In
  • Type: EP
  • Released: June 16, 2012
  • Label:Beach Avenue
Driving That Road
  • Type: EP
  • Released: July 11, 2013
  • Label: Beach Avenue

Singles

Beach Avenue

Year Title Sales
2013 "Songman"
2014 "Coming Your Way"
(also performed during America's Got Talent)
  • US: 6,000[11]
"Feel the Beat"

Solo

Year Title Peak chart positions Sales
US
[17]
US
Hot AC

[18]
US
Digital

[19]
CAN
Digital

[20]
2015 "Beautiful Life" 93 29 22 48
  • US: 50,000[17]

References

  1. ^ https://twitter.com/nickfradiani/status/560468957598318592
  2. ^ Southern, Rodney. "American Idol 14: Interesting Facts About Top 24 Finalists". Celebrity Dirty Laundry. Retrieved 30 April 2015. 
  3. ^ Susan Dunne (January 16, 2015). "Guilford Singer Nick Fradiani Is An 'American Idol' Hopeful This Week". Hartford Courant. 
  4. ^ http://www.nhregister.com/arts-and-entertainment/20150118/west-havens-nick-fradiani-trying-to-make-his-mark-on-american-idol
  5. ^ a b "American Idol's Nick Fradiani Jokes About Neil Diamond". 2paragraphs. Retrieved 16 May 2015. 
  6. ^ https://twitter.com/nickfradiani/status/591294771072737280
  7. ^ Susan Dunne (March 4, 2015). "CT's Nick Fradiani Credits Journey To 'American Idol' To Musical Dad". Hartford Courant. 
  8. ^ iTunes: Beach Avenue page
  9. ^ Scott Gargan (July 2, 2014). "Milford band Beach Avenue on ‘America’s Got Talent’". CTNews. Retrieved May 13, 2015. 
  10. ^ Fortier, Hope-Denee. "Getting Up Close With CT's 'American Idol' Contestant Nick Fradiani". Hartford Courant. Retrieved 16 May 2015. 
  11. ^ a b http://heavy.com/entertainment/2014/07/beach-avenue-americas-got-talent-judgment-week/
  12. ^ Susan Dunne (January 16, 2015). "Guilford Singer Nick Fradiani Is An 'American Idol' Hopeful This Week". Hartford Courant. 
  13. ^ Kate Ramunni (January 18, 2015). "West Haven’s Nick Fradiani trying to make his mark on American Idol". New Haven Register. 
  14. ^ Upadhyaya, Kayla Kumari. American Idol' Recap: Top 6 Perform American Classics"'". Billboard. Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  15. ^ Ho, Rodney. "‘American Idol’ bits: Power 6 rankings, top 6 song spoilers, Quentin vs. Harry". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved 23 April 2015. 
  16. ^ Initially recorded by country music artist Mark Wills in 2003 on his album And the Crowd Goes Wild, it was covered by Bellefire a year later. However, the first version to be released as a single was by pop singer Jo O'Meara in 2005, from the album Relentless. Later that year, country band Rascal Flatts covered the song as well, releasing it as the first single from the 2006 album Me and My Gang, topping the U.S country and adult contemporary charts with it. German band Cascada later had international chart success with the song in 2007. It was also covered by Eden in 2008.
  17. ^ a b http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/6575747/fifth-harmony-first-top-20-hit-hot-100-chart-moves
  18. ^ http://headlineplanet.com/home/2015/06/07/fifth-harmony-elle-king-nick-fradiani-reach-hot-ac-radios-top-50/
  19. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/6569056/nick-fradiani/chart?f=395
  20. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/6569056/nick-fradiani/chart?f=1186

External links

  • Nick Fradiani page on American Idol website
  • Beach Avenue official website
Preceded by
Caleb Johnson
American Idol winner
2015
Succeeded by
Incumbent