THE SHOW, 'AMERICAN IDOL' WINNER NICK FRADIANI IS NO PASSING FAD
BY IVAN GUZMANTHURSDAY, AUGUST 13, 2015
Earlier this year, American
Idol finished its fourteenth season. Time flies, doesn’t it? This
Summer, the Top 5 contestants from this season hit the road on the 37-city
"American Idols Live!" tour, which visits Houston tonight
at the freshly renamed Revention Music Center. We had the pleasure of
recently chatting with this season’s winner, Nick Fradiani, about
life on tour, his debut album, and what’s next after being crowned
our new American Idol.
Houston Press: Your single “Beautiful Life” has actually
been getting a fair amount of airplay here in Houston, and I think it’s
definitely one of the better coronation singles in Idol history. What
did you first think when you heard it?
Thanks, man! I initially went in the room with sweaty palms and a little
nervous. Then when I heard it, I loved it. It sort of reminded me of
a mix between the band fun. and the Goo Goo Dolls. Actually, when I
first listened to it I recognized the voice on the demo, and later I
found out that it was written by Chris Carrabba from Dashboard Confessional
who I’m a huge fan of.
Your season of Idol was the
first season to have Scott Borchetta as a mentor. How do you think having
Scott there makes your win different than if you were to just have a
normal winner’s contract like in past seasons?
I’m really lucky to have Scott there as my mentor and to be signed
to Big Machine Records. When I found out he was going to be the mentor
this season, I researched him and found out how brilliant he really
is. He really is a music-industry heavyweight, and he’s putting
a lot into this just like I am. They’ve been putting me with the
best possible songwriters, and Scott has got me going in the right direction
The good thing about Idol
is that it has been the only show that has a track record of putting
out successful artists, and now I’ve got Scott behind me who is
bringing something that no other winner has gotten before. So, I’m
really excited to see what’s going to happen within the next year.”
Has anything surprised you
about this tour?
Something that has sort of surprised me is how good everybody really
could be once the pressure is off and it’s a real live show, as
opposed to a televised competition. You’re seeing everyone in
their element, and the talent is a really cool thing to see. Literally
everybody that we talk to has said that to us — “I knew
you guys were good, but this is on another level.” It’s
hard on that show to really give your best effort in a minute and a
half when you’re sitting in a lit-up chair and having to try and
get out of your head. On tour, you’re seeing us now for what we
We all know that the American
Idol ratings have gone down and that, of course, the show will be ending
next season. So, how do you plan to capitalize on your win and take
advantage of this whole experience to the fullest?
To be honest, the show has been a powerhouse for 14 years now, going
on 15, so the ratings were never going to be able to stay at thirtysomething
million viewers every week. It’s still going to be the biggest
singing show of all time. In terms of capitalizing on the experience,
I’m starting with a really good fan base because of the show that
most people who are putting out their first album don’t have.
So it’s giving me a really good platform to start with, and you
just have to capitalize by having the best songs.
I could have been on The
Voice this year, which had better ratings, but people aren’t paying
much attention to those contestants either. So the main focus for me
is putting out an album that has really strong songs suited for radio.
That’s the only way it will be a success, in my opinion.
What’s next after this
tour? When can we expect your debut album, and what can we expect from
The album is being written right now. Scott has had me writing with
some really strong songwriters prior to the tour, so any day off I have
I am flying to Nashville or New York to work on writing. As soon as
the tour ends, we’ll be going right back into that songwriting
process, and then we’ll record it. In terms of an exact release
date, we don’t have one. Our goal right now is late January or
early February, but it’s only going to come out when the songs
We’re not going in
the direction of the past, which was rushing out the album. In terms
of the direction, we’re looking to impact the Top 40, so it’s
going to be pop music with a little bit of my rock edge to it as well.
I think people are going to be excited, and maybe a little bit surprised.
I hope they dig it.
The "American Idols
Live!" tour visits Bayou Revention Music Center tonight. The show
starts at 7:30.