American Idol Nick Fradiani to visit Milford August 6

Guilford native Nick Fradiani, who once lived on Milford’s shoreline, will celebrate his debut album with a visit to Milford Aug. 6.

His album Hurricane is slated for release Aug. 5 on Big Machine Records. He co-wrote 11 of the 12 tracks on the album.

Fradiani will return to his home state for a short acoustic performance and to sign and take photos for fans who purchase the album. The event will take place at noon, Saturday, Aug. 6, in the first level center court in front of Macy’s at the Connecticut Post Mall. FYE, also at the mall, will be selling the album.

“I can’t wait to come back to my hometown to celebrate with the people who have supported me from the beginning,” said Fradiani. “It means the world to me to share this day with my fans and I am so excited to meet everyone.”

Fradiani won the 2015 American Idol title.

Fradiani is from Guilford, but he lived on Beach Avenue in Woodmont in 2011. He and several others formed the band Beach Avenue when they lived there, naming their band for the Milford street.

Beach Avenue appeared on Season 9 of NBC’s America’s Got Talent, prior to Fradiani’s American Idol run.

Beach Avenue formed in the summer of 2011 featuring Fradiani, vocals and guitar; Nick Abraham, lead guitar and vocals; Ryan Zipp, drums; and Nick Fradiani Sr., keyboards and vocals.

One of the oldest contestants on the show at age 29 last year, Fradiani said during the show, “It’s never too late to do what you want in life.” Fradiani said he quit his job to take part in American Idol.

Mayor Ben Blake said the city is honored that Fradiani’s band, Beach Avenue, had its start in Milford.

“All of Connecticut is proud of Nick Fradiani,” Blake said when Fradiani won the competition.

According to a press release issued this week by the record company, “Since dominating American Idol season 14, Nick continues to build a loyal fanbase with his wide range, contagious confidence and electrifying melodies. The multi-talented musician, who honed his skills playing in a band regionally and following his father’s creative lead, will share the spotlight with those who have supported his journey.

“His vocal swagger and songwriting panache are on full display in the steamy music video for the Pop & Hot AC hit “Get You Home,” the press release continues. “The track follows Nick’s debut single Beautiful Life, which served as the official anthem for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. He has been previewing the fresh tunes at radio station events across the country, joining Andy Grammer, DNCE and more along the way. For updates and more, visit”