Headlines: Nick Fradiani, Jordin Sparks New Music, Taylor Hicks Sings Idol Songbook

American Idol Season 14 Winner Nick Fradiani Releases “Empire” May 3

American Idol’s Wade Cota Says He’s ‘Trying to Do Well’ in Hopes of Building a ‘Better Life’ – During an intimate American Idol listening session on Monday, the Arizona native opened up about his troubled past and how he plans to overcome adversity. “I’m really just trying to do well in this competition so that I can build a better life for everybody, because everybody’s been through so much,” Cota, 27, said about his family. “I’m doing it for them.” Despite a difficult past, including a family history of drug use, alleged sexual abuse, domestic violence and incarceration, Cota remains hopeful about the future. – Read more at People.com

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Scotty McCreery Strikes a Balance With Mature New Single, ‘In Between’ – “For me, the theme of ‘In Between’ is all about balance,” McCreery says. “Everyone’s not all one thing or all the other. We all have many facets to our lives. It’s about knowing who you are and finding the balance that’s right for you.” “In Between” was co-written by the singer and former American Idol champ with Frank Rogers, Jessi Alexander and Jonathan Singleton more than four years ago. At the time, McCreery and his new wife, Gabi, were still just dating. They were married last June. – Read more at SoundsLikeNashville

Jordin Sparks & Elijah Blake Unpack Their Joint EP, and Why Brandy Remains An Underrated Influence – After a four-year hiatus, the ‘American Idol’ champ has joined forces with Blake on ‘1990 Forever,’ a new EP steeped in the traditions of vintage R&B. And yet, even on a bicoastal three-way call, the close friendship between the two stars is palpable. After meeting years ago in a writing session for another artist, Jordin and Elijah hit it off, bonding over their life experiences and what they love about music (“Our souls were in sync, is the only way I can put it,” says Sparks). Soon enough, that bond led to creative harmony, with Blake serving as a songwriter and vocal producer on Sparks’ third album, 2015’s Right Here, Right Now, in addition to providing guest vocals on deep cut “Unhappy.” As for what comes next, the pair have discussed the possibility of touring together — after their performance at the intimate 1990 Forever listening party at The Hotel Cafe in downtown Hollywood, Sparks is envisioning a laid-back tour of small clubs and theaters — but nothing is set in stone. – Read more at Billboard.com

Taylor Hicks returns to Birmingham to perform his “Idol” songbook – For the first time ever, he’ll perform his “American Idol Songbook.” He has made semi-regular visits to The Lyric in Birmingham; choosing various songbooks along the way. But this performance will be the first time he has explored all of the songs that kickstarted his career more than a decade ago. Before his visit, he spoke about what to expect from the forthcoming record, barbecue, golf and basketball. I think the move to ABC was a really smart move. I think ABC really suits the demographic that watches American Idol. ABC’s demo is a big reality television demo; The Bachelor does really well. There’s good mojo over there for a show like American Idol, and it shows in the ratings. They’re number one in their timeslot. It’s a good network for people that like American Idol. – Read more at JeffCoJournal.com

American Idol Alum David Francisco Releases Inspirational Song 3 Years After Accident That Almost Killed Him – David Francisco moved American Idol judges to tears last season before his audition even started. During Idol’s Hollywood Week, the Knoxville native revealed that he was crossing an intersection on his bicycle when a distracted driver ran a red light and crashed into him. The 2016 T-bone collision left Francisco instantly paralyzed from the waist down. Today, just before the three-year anniversary of the near-fatal accident, Francisco, 26, has dropped his new single “Lionheart,” which served as his anthem during the darkest season of his life. Now, he hopes the song will do the same for the rest of the world. – Read more at People

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