Monday – Nick Fradiani w/ The Alternate Routes
Winner of the 14th season of American Idol, Connecticut-reared singer Nick Fradiani has shot into the mainstream on the strength of his silky smooth vocals and catchy, radio-ready folk pop style. His debut record Hurricane, which featured the hit single “Beautiful Life” cemented Fradiani’s place in the pop stratosphere and laid the foundation for his easy-going folk pop vibe.
There are many people who subscribe to the “10,000 hour rule” as a guidepost to success: the more you do something, the better you get at it. If you do reach the 10,000 milestone, it is believed that you’ve mastered something. Nick Fradiani has been playing guitar and singing since he was about ten years old; if he isn’t at the 10k mark yet, he’s awfully close.
So, Fradiani did not simply emerge onto the world stage out of nowhere. Before auditioning, Fradiani had already been a successful touring and recording artist with his band Beach Avenue. In fact, he had already gotten a taste of television stardom as Beach Avenue successfully made it onto America’s Got Talent in 2014, performing their original “Coming Your Way” on the show and making it all the way to Judgement Week. That success paved the way for Fradiani’s American Idol journey which culminated in him becoming the season champion and instantly putting his talent into the public eye.
Following the competition, Fradiani recorded Hurricane in 2016 and released it on the Big Machine label. The record included the singles “Get You Home,” “All on You” and “Love Is Blind” and landed at #1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart. He is planning to release an EP this summer.
A folk pop group with a penchant for writing infectious, emotionally-charged anthems, The Alternate Routes have spent the last decade touring and recording steadily until becoming one of the most beloved roots acts in the country. Founders Tim Warren and Eric Donnelly are just now hitting their stride, bolstered by the massive success of their single “Nothing More” and their newest hit ‘Safe Haven.”
Warren and Donnelly began playing together at Fairfield University, and in 2002 officially formed The Alternate Routes using Bridgeport, Connecticut as their home base. They released their debut record a few years later, a self-released guitar-driven pop rock gem entitled Good and Reckless and True. The duo’s songwriting talents did not go unnoticed as their tune “Ordinary” was awarded Independent Song of the Year. After hearing the promising debut, Vanguard Records quickly scooped up the band and rereleased the album on a wider scale. The band began touring the country in earnest, slowly gaining a loyal following. Their follow-up, 2008’s Sucker’s Dream, continued the Routes’ ascendency and included a guest vocal turn by the great Patty Griffin.
Despite steadily gaining fans and piling up critical accolades, the band’s fortunes took a giant leap forward in 2013 with the release of Nothing More. By then, Warren and Donnelly’s songwriting had featured a more acoustic folk pop approach and the results were startling. The album’s single “Nothing More” began gaining traction on AAA radio and was placed prominently in the television hit NCIS. In 2014 the song was chosen to be featured at the end of the Opening Ceremonies of the Sochi Olympics and suddenly The Alternate Routes were burning up the charts. It became the 5th most popular song on Sirius’ The Pulse.
In the wake of the success of “Nothing More,” the band has ramped up their touring and have been busy recording. Their most recent single “Safe Haven,” finds the band embracing a more sonically lush sound, but retains the core of anthemic melodies and soaring pristine harmonies.