Nick Scotti was born in Queens, New York, on May 31st, 1966, the son of an Italian construction worker. He was raised in the neighborhood, where even at an early age, singing seemed to come naturally for him. He quit school and left home at the age of 16, going off to Manhattan in search of his calling.
He initially worked as a busboy, and he immediately caught the eye of numerous photographers. He soon began his career as a male model for such names as Valentino, Yves St. Laurent, Thierry Mugler, and the late Gianni Versace. He was highly in demand both as a ramp and as a print model; his face graced numerous magazine covers, including Newsweek’s “The Biology of Beauty” issue.
While attending photographer Herb Ritt’s birthday party in Los Angeles, Nick had a chance encounter with Madonna, and the two hit it off. She subsequently wrote a song that they recorded together, with Nick singing lead vocals and Madonna doing back-up. The song, “Get Over,” was featured in the 1991 Chevy Chase-Demi Moore disaster, “Nothing But Trouble.” Although the movie is best forgotten, the song landed Nick a recording contract with Warner/Reprise.
Nick’s first album, “Wake Up Everybody,” was released in 1993. The album contained 10 songs, including the Madonna-penned “Get Over,” and several of his own original compositions. It was quite a success for a debut recording effort; it rose to #3 on the Billboard charts. In 1994, Nick released the hit dance single, “Wild Planet/Love So B.”
So, should one assume that he got his break in the recording industry because he was Madonna’s boy-toy? Nick addresses this issue: “Whether or not I’ve shared intimacy with Madonna, she wouldn’t have worked with me if she felt like I’d be an embarrassment. I’m really proud that I worked with her. But I wasn’t Madonna’s protege.” If you still aren’t convinced, then listen to his album. His voice is rich and soulful, and can stand along side the best male vocalists, with or without and endorsement from the original Material Girl.
How did Nick venture into acting? “My agent asked me if I’d like to act, and I said, ‘I dunno, let’s try it.'” He made his acting debut in 1996 on “The Montel Williams Show,” soon after, he was cast in the popular daytime soap opera, “The Young and the Restless.” That same year, he also landed his first feature film role, “Kiss Me Guido,” which was a huge hit at the Sundance Film Festival.
The film has an interesting premise. In it, he plays “Frankie Zito,” a wannabe actor who runs off to Manhattan to pursue his dream after he catches his brother in bed with his fiancee. In search of an apartment, he answers an ad in the paper which has a GWM searching for the same. The only problem is, he thinks GWM means “Guy With Money.” This opens the door to endless comic possibilities, with entertaining and emotional moments scattered throughout the movie.
So, what’s next for Nick Scotti? For now, you can still catch Nick daily on CBS as “Tony Viscardi” on “The Young and the Restless.” There are rumors of a new record deal with David Geffen. His stunning film debut and undeniable screen charisma will undoubtedly lead to larger roles in the very near future.
Nick Scotti’s Credits
“Wake Up Everybody”, 1993, 45’17”, available on CD and cassette under the Reprise label.
1. Get Over
2. Slow Down
3. This Could Take All Night
4. Life Is What You Make It
5. Wake Up Everybody
6. Alone With You
7. Are You Gonna Give
8. Nothing Stays The Same
9. Just No Justice
10. Feel The Need
“Wild Planet/Love So B”, 1994, single under the Reprise label
“The Montel Williams Show” (1996)
“The Young and the Restless” (1996-present)
“Kiss Me, Guido” (1996)