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July 22. 2015 1:46PM

Coming to Hampton


“American Idol” top finishers hit Hampton Beach


By ROXANNE RUBELL
Special to the Union Leader

If you go...
WHAT: American Idol Live!

WHEN: 8 p.m., Wednesday, July 29

WHERE: Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, 169 Ocean Blvd.

TICKETS: $34, $44 and $60

INFO: casinoballroom.com; 929-4100


For Clark Beckham, Rayvon Owen, Tyanna Jones, Nick Fradiani and Jax Miskanic, this past May marked a major turning point in their lives when they all became finalists on “American Idol.”

Fradiani emerged the winner, and now he and his fellow contestants — dubbed the “fabulous five” — have hit the road for the 37-date “American Idol Live!” tour.

Fans will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the talent when they grace the stage at the Hampton Beach Casino Wednesday, July 29.

The quintet represents a streamlined focus, as previous “Idol” tours featured 10 vocalists, including singers who have gone onto to stage, screen or recording success, including Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Adam Lambert, Scotty McCreary and Phillip Phillps.

As contestants on season 14 of the long-running show, and with next year’s competition slated to be the last for the series, the performers have some stories to share. From their first appearances, it was obvious they already were equipped with a degree of talent and experience.

Clark Beckham, who narrowly lost out to Fradiani, hails from Nashville, where as a busker, he made the streets his stage.

“Playing on the street is the ultimate equalizer,” said Beckham. “It doesn’t matter how good you are or who you are, people typically don’t want to listen to you. When you’re on a stage, you’re socially and literally lifted up, so when you sing, people look at you and applaud and think you’re cool. On the street, you’re just the same as any old cat.”

Reaching Out

For Rayvon Owen, who is originally from Richmond, Va., but now calls Los Angeles home, being part of the tour and entertaining fans is blissfully fulfilling. He strives to give the audience what he calls an “immersive and memorable experience.”

“When fans come to see me perform, I want them to laugh, dance and have a good time, but also I want to say or sing or do something that positively challenges and/or inspires them,” Owen said. “I want people to get lost in the experience and leave with something memorable and/or applicable to their lives.”

As fellow “American Idol” contestants and now touring mates, the five have forged strong friendships with each other and, they hope, life-long bonds.

“It’s a dream come true that I get to share with my new set of best friends,” Owen said.

“We’ve all grown so close. I definitely think we’ve created a bond that’ll last a lifetime,” he said. “And it’s such an incredible experience to sing for hundreds, sometimes thousands, of people each night. Touring isn’t new for me, however I’ve never toured on this level before.”

Both singers and songwriters, Owen and Beckham plan to dive into their respective career endeavors once the tour is finished.

“I’ve written a ton of new material, so I’m excited to finish recording and release a single and possibly another EP. I’ll also be delving into some acting and modeling opportunities.”

And for Beckham, it’s all about the music.

“I’m going to be getting to work on my next album and hopefully start thinking about touring again myself,” he said. “The world and music are on the horizon.