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    Il Volo Biography

    In May 2009, three fresh-faced teenagers, Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto, and Gianluca Ginoble, appeared on the popular Italian talent show "Ti Lascio Una Canzone" and dazzled television viewers with their flawless rendition of the Neapolitan standard "O Sole Mio." The boys, who range in age from 15 to 17, won the competition easily, and decided their group needed a name. "Il Volo," meaning "flight," was chosen to signify the feeling that these three young tenors were about to spread their wings and fly.

    It wasn't long before IL VOLO's managers — Michele Torpedine (who has looked after the careers of Andrea Bocelli and Italian rock star Zucchero) and singer/producer Tony Renis — landed a recording contract for the trio with Universal Music Group, which will release IL VOLO's self-titled debut album worldwide in February 2011. In addition, the group became the first Italian artists to sign with Geffen Records in the United States, where the album will also be released in 2011.

    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 (known for his work with Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, and Celine Dion). The album is a stellar showcase for these three young singers' astonishing vocal talent and interpretive gifts as they take on a range of new and traditional classically influenced pop songs.

    Il Volo's 10 tracks include their version of "O Sole Mio," "Il Mondo, E Più Ti Penso" (a medley of Ennio Morricone songs from the soundtracks to 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" (written specially for Il Volo by multi-platinum songwriter Diane Warren), "Per Te" (written by multiple Grammy Award-winning songwriter/producer Walter Afanasieff), and "Un Amore Così Grande" (a classic from the late '70s Italian music tradition).

    The release of Il Volo is just the beginning of what is sure to be an exciting adventure for Gianluco (who hails from Abruzzo), Ignazio (born in Bologna), and Piero (who is from Agrigento, Sicily). There have already been several high points on their journey. In February 2010, 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 such luminaries as Queen Rania of Jordan and popular TV host Antonella Clerici. They may be young, but IL VOLO's mission is clear: "We want to bring lyrical pop music to people all over the world, including kids our own age," they say. "Introducing this important style of music to people who like all different types of music would be a dream come true."

    Il Volo All Music Guide Biography

    The young Italian tenor trio Il Volo consists of Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto, and Gianluca Ginoble, all of whom were contestants on the talent show Ti Lascio una Canzone (Leaving You with a Song) in 2009. The singers, who were in their mid-teens at the time, were individual contestants on the show. However, the producers decided they should sing "O Sole Mio" together on an episode of the show in May of that year, and Il Volo -- which means "flight" -- was born. The trio won the competition and quickly became popular in Europe, representing Italy on Quincy Jones' charity single "We Are the World: 25 for Haiti" and performing at the 60th annual Sanremo Music Festival in February 2010. The trio recorded its first album in London, Los Angeles, and Rome with producer Humberto Gatica, opting for a mix of standards, classic Italian songs, and material penned by contemporary songwriters such as Diane Warren. Il Volo's self-titled debut was released in Europe in November 2010 and earned platinum status; it arrived in the U.S. in May 2011, when the group also performed on American Idol. The CD/DVD Il Volo Takes Flight: Live from the Detroit Opera House arrived in February 2012, followed closely by their second studio album, We Are Love, in November. ~ Heather Phares, Rovi


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