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Il Volo's O sole Mio

 “O sole Mio” hits the International top charts 

Three Italian guys are hitting the top music charts in Italy and in the US. They called themselves “Il volo” (the flight). The name of the band was chosen to signify the feeling that these three young tenors were about to spread their wings and fly. And actually, they did: They're highly popular overseas, where they're known for their incredible voices, and just now they are breaking out in the United States.

Their self-titled debut album has gone platinum overseas, and was just released in the U.S.

They are called “I tenorini” (the little tenors) in Italy because of their young age.  But the peculiarity of the band is not only their very young age (16,17) but the kind of music they perform: old Neapolitans songs rearranged with a modern touch.

Their best known success is “O sole mio” a compelling version of the original song written in 1898 by Giovanni Capurro for the melody of Eduardo di Capua.

How did all this popularity begin?

In May 2009, three fresh-faced teenagers, Piero Barone (17), Ignazio Boschetto (16), and Gianluca Ginoble (16), appeared on the popular Italian talent show “Ti Lascio Una Canzone” and dazzled television viewers with their impeccable arrangement of the Neapolitan standard “O Sole Mio.”  

As it usually happens, thanks to the famous managers Michele Torpedine, (who has looked after the careers of Andrea Bocelli and the Italian rock star Zucchero) and the world renowned singer/producer Tony Renis, the trio obtained a worldwide recording contract with Universal Music Group which released “Il volo” ’s self-titled debut album in Italy in November 2010.

The album is already certified gold and on its way to platinum status in Italy and will see a worldwide release in 2011. In addition, the group became the first Italian artists to sign with Geffen Records in the United States, where the album has been released this year.

Piero, Ignazio, and Gianluca recorded “Il Volo” in Los Angeles and Rome, as well as at London’s famed Abbey Road Studios with Renis and veteran producer Humberto Gatica (Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, and Celine Dion). The album is a showcase for these three young artists of astonishing vocal talent and interpretive capacity, able to perform a range of both new and traditional, classically influenced pop songs.

“Il volo” ’s 12 tracks include both classic and new compositions: their version of “O Sole Mio,” “Il Mondo,” “E Più Ti Penso” (a medley of Ennio Morricone’s songs from the soundtracks of Once Upon a Time in America and Malena), “El Reloj” (a brand-new song sung in Spanish), “Smile” (written by Charlie Chaplin for his film Modern Times and later popularized by Nat King Cole), “Notte Stellata/The Swan” (from the well-known musical theme composed by French composer Camille Saint-Saëns), “La Luna Hizo Esto” and “Painfully Beautiful” (both written specially for “Il volo” by multi-platinum songwriter Diane Warren), “Per Te” (written by multiple Grammy Award-winning songwriter/producer Walter Afanasieff), “This Time” (a new song written by Michelle Lewis) and “Un Amore Così Grande” (a classic from the late ’70s Italian music tradition).

In February 2010, the legendary producer Quincy Jones invited the boys to represent Italy by singing on the charity single “We Are The World: 25 for Haiti,” where they impressed such superstars as Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, and Josh Groban during the recording session. A few days later, the group returned to Italy to perform during the 60th annual “Sanremo Music Festival”, a prestigious event attended by  Queen Rania of Jordan and the popular TV presenter Antonella Clerici.

The release of “Il volo” is just the beginning of what is sure to be an exciting adventure for Gianluca (who hails from Abruzzo), Ignazio (born in Bologna), and Piero (who is from Agrigento, Sicily).

They are young but they definitely know what they want: “We want to share our love for this music with people all over the world, including kids of our own age.” That they say, “would be our dream come true.”

Giulia Lombardo

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