Julia Gargano (American Idol) Bio, Age, Parents, Music, Ethnicity, Songs

Julia Gargano Biography

A native of Staten Island New York, Julia Gargano is an American singer and songwriter who is a contestant on season 18 of American Idol.

Julia Gargano Age

Gargano is 21 years old as of 2020.

Julia Gargano Parents

Gargano’s parents are Frank Gargano and Jeanne McManus. Her father sings and also plays guitar for fun. Her mother allowed her to begin taking drum lessons at age six. Her parents are her biggest fans.

Gargano also has a little sister named Lizzie and a brother named Frankie. They too as well are her fans

Julia Gargano Ethnicity

Gargano is of white ethnicity.

Julia Gargano Photo
Julia Gargano Photo

Julia Gargano Education

Gargano graduated from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Performing Arts, where she studied music. She attends The College of Saint Rose, located in Albany, New York, where she is in her last semester.

Gargano credits the Artist Development class she took for helping her develop her sound and look. “It forced me to get my stuff together and really know how to present myself. It is something I don’t think I would have done if I wasn’t pushed out of my comfort zone to be an artist rather than be a songwriter. You can do both, be an artist and a songwriter, and you will probably do better if you are both in the industry,” she said.

Julia Gargano Music

Gargano’s favorite artist is Brandi Carlile. “My favorite artist is Brandi Carlile. She takes something ordinary and makes it sound magical and relatable. That is what I try to do in my music — I want people to feel a little spark,” she said.

When asked which artist continually inspires her, she said that would be Taylor Swift whom she says is a genius.

“Her first three or four albums are unreal. I still go back and listen to it if I am having a bad day. If I am consumed in craziness or depression, I think back to an album like Fearless or Speak Now and think this is why I am doing what I do. I can picture myself singing these songs. I credit so much of writing and my passion to T-Swift.” Gargano revealed.

Julia Gargano Songs

  • The Other Side
  • Sun
  • Tell Me Why
  • Diamonds
  • Turn Cold
  • Written in My Name
  • Tired
  • Spaceman
  • Growing Pains

Julia Gargano American Idol

Gargano auditioned on American Idol with an original song, “Growing Pains”. Her performance saw her get three yeses from the judges after impressing them.

She revealed that she initially did not think American Idol was a good fit for her but after watching singers like Alejandro Aranda who succeeded in performing original new music on the show, Gargano had a change of heart and decided audition.

“I saw Alejandro Aranda last season and he is a brilliant songwriter/musician and that really made me say to myself, ‘Eh Julia, just go for it, ” she said.

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