In 2019, Fred met the newly crowned Miss America at a USA banquet. Nia Imani Franklin, who just released an EP Extended, showed a great interest in bourbon and the two have stayed in touch since.
Nia is now a rising star in the composer circuit, having worked with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Festival Napa Valley, among others. In the episode, Nia and Fred sip Laubade Armagnac 1978, damoiseau rhum xo and Basil Hayden 10 year old. They talked the pageant industry, music, whiskey and more.
Follow Nia’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCC98mhx1UgZG4p4Lz9QUZUg
Source: The Fred Minnick Show