Connecticut native Nick Fradiani has made it to the Top 24 on American Idol. It’s not his first time on a reality TV competition show. He and his band Beach Avenue got eliminated on America’s Got Talent. But Fradiani isn’t easily discouraged. Maybe it has something to do with the way he was raised.
Nick’s father, Nick Fradiani Sr., is a musician too. Fradiani Sr. told his local paper, The Courant: “I gave him [Nick Jr.] a drum set when he was 2 years old. He’d bang on it. Then I taught him piano, then I taught him how to hold a guitar.” Fradiani Sr. added. “He knew all the Neil Diamond songs when he was 4 or 5 years old. He now teases me, ‘Why did you have me listening to Neil Diamond?'” Chances are we won’t hear Fradiani singing “Sweet Caroline” anytime soon.