Nick Pitera

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Nick Pitera
Nick Pitera by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Background information
Birth name Nicholas Joseph Pitera
Born (1986-03-07) March 7, 1986 (age 31)
Woodbury, Minnesota, US
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, musician, animator
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2007–present
Website Nick Pitera's channel on YouTube

Nicholas Joseph Pitera (born March 7, 1986)[1] is an American vocal artist who gained his popularity by the release of his YouTube videos, several of which have gone viral, and many others are remarkably popular.[2] As of May 2008, Pitera also works as a 3D Modeler at Pixar Studios.[2] Pitera is also a Cast Member For The Walt Disney Company. He is the son of Rudy Paul Pitera and Jill Patricia (Steinworth) Pitera.[3] His father immigrated from Italy as a small boy.

Pitera has also appeared on the The Ellen DeGeneres Show as one of the audience acts. He sang "A Whole New World" from Disney, with himself singing both Jasmine's and Aladdin's parts.

He released his first self-written original single "Better Days" on iTunes and Amazon on December 4, 2012.[4] He released an EP of five original songs in 2015 and sings the Triple Dent Gum jingle in Pixar's Inside Out.[citation needed]

Pitera received his BFA in Computer Animation from Ringling College of Art and Design.

Artistry[edit]

Pitera gained his popularity for his extensive vocal range and his unusual feminine falsetto, as he first demonstrated in his most popular video, a cover of "A Whole New World", from the movie Aladdin where he sings both Aladdin and Jasmine's parts.[2]

Viral video release[edit]

In 2011, Pitera released "One Man Disney Movie" using a "'Brady Bunch'-style grid" to perform "an eight-minute-plus mashup of songs from various big-screen musical fairy tales, from "Beauty and the Beast" to "Enchanted," taking on the roles of the heroes, heroines, villains, sidekicks and their furry choirs."[2]

In 2012, Pitera released a medley cover of Andrew Lloyd Webber songs entitled "One Man Phantom of the Opera."[5] This was followed in August of the same year by "One Man Les Miserables".

In 2013, Pitera took part in singing alongside America's Got Talent Winners "Forte", Nathan Pacheco, and composer Tim Janis at Carnegie Hall in "The Music of Hope" to benefit Kate Winslet's charity for autism. The show was sponsored by "The Golden Hat Foundation which is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to changing the way people with autism are perceived by shining a light on their abilities and emphasizing their potential". All profits from the concert were donated directly to the Golden Hat Foundation. Up to this date, he has several viral videos and many fans on YouTube.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Minnesota Birth Index 1935-2002". Ancestry.com. 
  2. ^ a b c d Vaziri, Aidin (May 9, 2011). "Pixar's Nick Pitera becomes YouTube singing star". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved February 13, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Minnesota Birth Index 1935-2002". Ancestry.com. 
  4. ^ "Better Days: Nick Pitera". Amazon. December 4, 2012. Retrieved December 5, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Nick Pitera Sings One-Man PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Medley". Broadway World; Stage Tube. February 1, 2012. Retrieved February 21, 2012. 

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