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‘AMERICAN IDOL’ WINNER NICK FRADIANI WANTS TO DUET WITH TAYLOR SWIFT

‘American Idol’ winner Nick Fradiani wants to duet with Taylor Swift

By Wade Tatangelo , Herald-Tribune / Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Nick Fradiani won “American Idol” this season with a charming mix of pop and rock skills. He’s hitting the road as part of the TV show’s national touring concert that returns to the Van Wezel after launching the night before at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Fradiani will be joined by finalists Jax, Tyanna Jones, Rayvon Owen and Clark Beckham. Here are highlights from a recent phone interview.

Q: What’s the most surreal thing that has happened since you won “American Idol”?

A: Singing the national anthem at the U.S. Capitol for Memorial Day, people recognizing me, that’s surreal. You’re in a bubble during the show and then you come out and see the significance of it all.

Q: What was your reaction to your winner’s song “Beautiful Life,” co-written by Dashboard Confessional’s Chris Carrabba, when it was first presented to you?

A: The first minute I heard it I recognized Chris singing it and I got all giddy. I liked it right off the bat. I went back to the hotel with a guitar and learned it really quick – the melody stuck in my head, which is a good sign – and I really connected with it, and still like playing it.

Q: What does your new record label Big Machine have planned for you?

A: I’m in Nashville doing co-writing with different writers, trying to get songs ready. It’s a full-court press on getting an album ready.

Q: Rock, pop or country?

A: Pop-rock. I love country, I’m on a country music label, and when I think about having to go country, I think I could do it. To be realistic, country is pop rock. But my focus is on making it pop with a rock edge.

Q: Have you met the woman who built Big Machine, Taylor Swift?

A: I have not. I wish. It’s pretty cool just to say, “There’s my label mate on the radio.”

Q: Any chance of you getting a duet with her on the new album?

A: I wish. I made it clear I want to do one. I told (Big Machine president Scott Borchetta) I would love to work with Taylor, but I’m sure everyone says that. It’s cool just to be on the same label.

Q: What can you reveal about the “American Idol Live” tour?

A: It’s just the Top 5 this year rather than the Top 10 like in the past. I’d love to have all 10 but in terms of the show, people get to know each contestant a lot more, it’s more intimate and with a full band involved this year. There was no band last year. If I’m going to a show, I want to see live a band. I’ll have time to sing and talk about why I sang that song.

American Idol Live
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 8; Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota; $41.64-$76.95; 953-3368; vanwezel.org