American Idol star performs at Cadillac Ranch in Southington Sunday

American Idol star performs at Cadillac Ranch in Southington Sunday

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SOUTHINGTON — An American Idol star is scheduled to perform at the Cadillac Ranch Restaurant this weekend to support Everybody Sings, a Bristol nonprofit.

Sixteen-year-old Ethan Payne, who has cystic fibrosis, will take the Cadillac Ranch stage on Sunday.

Joseph Archambeault, executive director of Everybody Sings, said he feels Payne’s story helps illustrate the group’s message that singing and music are good for the mind and body.

“He’s so grateful for life,” Archambeault said. “He just carries it on and he does it. He’s got great spirit. (Payne) could just be miserable, but he keeps his head up and makes the best out of his life.”

Payne was eliminated from American Idol earlier this year.

Everybody Sings has held assemblies at schools across the country and in Europe.

“It does different things and people don’t realize it,” he said. “Singing for anxiety, singing for different health issues like cystic fibrosis.”

Archambeault knows the Nicholson family, who own Cadillac Ranch. Payne’s country music was a good fit with the restaurant’s theme.

“I needed a venue with someone who believed in what we were doing,” Archambeault said. “It’s a place that gets well-visited, they’ve got some great social media stuff out there.”

Peter Nicholson, the restaurant’s general manager, said Payne’s story is compelling.

“We are a country place,” Nicholson said. “It was kind of a no-brainer to work it in.”

Doors open at 6 p.m. at Cadillac Ranch Restaurant, 45 Jude Lane, and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 at the door or $20 online at

Archambeault and his group will also perform a collection of Queen songs Sunday. Payne will join him and perform “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.”

“He made it his own,” Archambeault said.
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