Lawrence native Nolan Frank hit the big stage Sunday night as he was slated to sing backup to performer Elton John at the Emmy awards.
Frank grew up in Lawrence. He is now a junior at the University of Southern California.
John's performance was part of a tribute to Librace whose life was told in the HBO biopic, Behind the Candelabra. John was slated to sing his new single, Home Again, from his upcoming album, The Diving Board.
Frank said he was picked because of his performances at USC in the Popular Music performance program. He said it is an unbelievable honor to perform with the British superstar. Frank said he is both excited and terrified.
"Elton John was always one of the first CDs that was in the car playing when I was a kid. It was always kind of in the background of the house a lot of the time, on the radio. It's just the music I grew up with," he said.
As a piano player, Frank said John is an inspiration to him.
"He's been hugely influential in how I approach music, my musicianship and song writing," he said. "He's just an incredibly outstanding model of a musician."
He said John was also fun to meet and had a twinkle in his eyes. He said John was grateful and humble in his dealings with the backup singers.
Even though he hit the Emmy stage, Lawrence is never far from Frank's heart, and he hopes to spend time in Lawrence again soon. His grandmother taught him to play the piano when he was 5 years old.
"I miss Lawrence, KS, every day. And I certainly represent where I'm from every day in Los Angeles," he said. "I've got a lot of folks who are eager to come visit Lawrence because how I've talked about it."
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