Nathaniel W. Tao was born in Reston, Virginia, a quiet suburb right outside Washington DC. Born into a first generation Taiwanese-American family with deaf parents, he grew up playing piano but eventually realized singing as his true passion. His musical upbringing was an eclectic mix of classical and contemporary. After honing his music skills through voice training at Ithaca College and a cappella groups like Ithacappella and Hyannis Sound, he progressed to the Top 40 Guys on Season 12 of American Idol. Mariah Carey noted that he performed a “great rendition” and Keith Urban called his voice “effortless and beautiful.”
Apart from Idol, Nate was a finalist in the Unsigned Only 2013 Competition, he was crowned winner of Kollaboration Los Angeles, lent his vocals to the Rock Band Network, and performed at the Roxy Theater, Ford Amphitheater, Alex Theater, House of Blues, Viper Room and LA Pride. His songwriting collaborations include work with Damon Sharpe [Jennifer Lopez, Kylie Minogue, Ariana Grande], Dylan Charbeneau/Tim Fagan [Jason Mraz, Colbie Caillat], and Joshua Eagan [Pink]. His co-written song, “We Are The Brave”, was picked up by Sony Canada as the first single for the boy band, Rebel Coast. His eponymous EP, a collaboration with Universal Music producer Tat Tong, was nominated for Best Pop EP at the 2014 Independent Music Awards.