Where I began and where I’ve been.
NICK FRADIANI Sr.
My musical journey began when I saw the Beatles perform on the Ed Sullivan Show. I knew then that music and performing would be my life’s passion. Given a guitar at the age of 8, I began playing Beatle songs and other popular music. At 13, I formed a band, we won 1st place in an Exchange Club talent show and I have been performing professionally ever since. When I began playing piano, it inspired me to write and compose my own music. Playing in local rock bands as a lead guitarist and vocalist, my musical taste started to branch out.
By the late 1970’s, I started my first R & B, jazz, and contemporary band called Rhapsody. I played bass and was the lead vocalist. Rhapsody performed at major venues around the country. After landing a steady engagement at Harrah’s in Atlantic City, I began to record in a studio with my band. Our first album was released in 1981.
The lyrics and music for the single “Sunset Beach” was composed and sung by me. By the late 1980’s, I left the band to pursue a solo career. I performed as a piano player, singer and keyboardist playing cruise ships and major hotels.
I landed back in Atlantic City at Resorts International. I also began performing internationally with gigs in Montreal, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Acapulco and Aruba. By the early nineties, I recorded my first solo album “Living on the Edge of Time”. The first single, “Midnight Lady”, is still being played today overseas in Paris and Italy. In 2009, I released another CD titled “Aruba Nights” that was entirely written and sung by me.
Today I perform statewide, singing both old favorites by Neil Diamond, George Strait, etc. as well as songs by new artists such as Ed Sheeran and Luke Bryan. “His popularity has surged while he attracts audiences of all ages”.
My passion for music has been passed on to my son Nick Fradiani. As a songwriter, singer and guitarist, he has traveled throughout the U.S. starring in the Broadway production of “A Bronx Tale“. He is now appearing as a young Neil Diamond in “A Beautiful Noise“. Nick Fradiani won the coveted award of the 2015 American Idol.
Nick Fradiani Sr. resides with his wife in Guilford, CT