Lily Meola’s original song “Daydream” on Season 17 of America’s Got Talent brought tears to everyone’s eyes. And it wasn’t just because the song had emotional lyrics, but also because the star wrote it amid her late mother’s battle with cancer.
So, who are Lily Meola’s parents? Let’s learn all about them as this article proceeds.
Who Are AGT Star Lily Meola Parents?
AGT Star Lily Meola’s parents are named Nancy Meola and Gary Meola. And just as her song tells — When we were kids in the backyard. Playing astronauts and rock stars. No one told us to stop it — they were supportive parents.
Plus, the fact that Lily commemorated her late mom with her AGT audition only proves that her mother always pushed the star toward her dream, even after her death.
During her audition, Lily told the judges that the track held a special place in her heart. She wrote it when things were going up, during a beautiful period in her life filled with wonder and joy. Also, she explained that she came up with the idea for the song around the same time as she landed a record and a publishing deal. But then, her mother was diagnosed with cancer and she sacrificed the record deal to take care of her mother.
However, the star wasn’t unhappy that she lost the record deal. Infact, she found the moment to be a blessing in disguise because gave her “some extra time to really be there for her.”
Also, if it wasn’t for cancer, she would never have gotten the golden buzzer.
Meet AGT Star Lily Meola Mother, Nancy Meola
Lily Meola’s mother Nancy Meola was her light and her biggest supporter. But sadly, she was diagnosed with cancer in 2010. So, Lily then put her career on hold and even went on to become her full-time carer for a year and a half before she passed away in 2020.
However, though those years were draining, Lily’s mother keep telling her to never give up on her dreams. “I was really under a rock for the last couple of years with my mom. She was very adamant about me keeping my dreams intact,” the star recalled.
No wonder, when all the tours stopped due to the COVID-19 pandemic, plus dealing with the heartbreak of losing her mother, Lily never gave up hope.
Nancy Meola Cause Of Death
Nancy Meola passed away from cancer in June 2020.
She was preceded in death by her mother Susan Syliva Herschler (6/8/1924 – 10/23/2009) who gave birth to three beautiful daughters Janet (Ken) Millian, Judith Stimmel, and Nancy.
What Was Nancy Meola Age At The Time Of Her Death?
Nancy Meola was born on March 18, 1959. That made her 61 years of age at the time of her death.
Also, this means she had Lily when she was 35.
On what was supposed to be Nancy’s 62nd birthday, Lily took it to her IG to share a picture of them captioned, “Miss you so much it hurts🤍Happy heavenly birthday Mommy.”
Nancy Meola Job
After graduating from Orange Coast College in 1979, Nancy Meola started her career in marketing and event planning at Maui Film Festival.
In 2008, she then took the job to be the “assistant to Shep Gordon, Manager of Matt and Lily Meola and Albee Layer” at Alive Enterprises and worked there until her death.
Nancy Meola Instagram
Find her on Instagram at @nancy_meola.
Also, here’s her Facebook @nancy.meola1.
Meet AGT Star Lily Meola Father, Gary Meola
AGT Star Lily Meola might have been close to her mother, but we can’t say the same about her father Gary Meola. The star never really talked about him.
Scroll below to learn what little we know about him.
Gary Meola Age
Gary Meola’s age wasn’t shared.
But we do know that Gary celebrated his birthday on November 12.
Gary Meola Job
Gary Meola is a realtor. The last we checked, he worked for Coldwell Banker Island Prop in Kihei, Hawaii.
Is Gary Meola On Instagram?
Yes, find him on Instagram @meolagary.
Also, here’s his Facebook @gary.meola6.
How Long Were AGT Star Lily Meola Parents Married?
AGT Star Lily’s parents were together for at least 2 decades. They probably separated before 2009, and Nancy went on to date Greg Maddock (a Fresh Island Fish employee) until the time of her death.
Nancy’s last love, Greg is a San Diego State University graduate from Costa Mesa, California, and has a daughter named Jess.
How Many Kids Do AGT Star Lily Meola Parents Have?
AGT Star Lily’s parents have 2 kids — Lilly and Matt Meola.
Their son, Matt is a pro surfer and aerialist. As of 2022, he worked at Rockstar Energy Drink, DAKINE, and Sanuk. The guy’s pretty popular over socials as well. His IG @mattmeola boasted and FB @Matt Meola (fan page) boasted over 104K and 15K followers in 2022.
Matt turned 33 on June 8, 2022.
On his 30th birthday, Lily took it to her IG to share their childhood pic captioned, “Happy Birthday Matt, love you💗 @mattmeola.”
Where Do AGT Star Lily Meola Parents Live?
AGT Star Lily’s dad Gary lived in Paia, Hawaii. While her Kuau, Hawaii native mother Nancy resided in Haiku, Hawaii, at the time of her death.