Move over American Idol – it’s Italy’s time to shine. 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 viewers with their flawless rendition of the Italian standard “O Sole Mio.” It was at this moment Il Volo (which means “the flight” in English) was born. Their self-titled debut album, released in Italy this past November, has already been certified platinum, and the group will debut their album to the US on April 12th.
Piero (17), Ignazio (16) and Gianluca (16) recorded Il Volo in Los Angeles, Rome, and at London’s famed Abbey Road studios with a number of renowned producers including Humberto Gatica, who has worked with the likes of Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, and Celine Dion. The album is a stellar showcase for the three young singers’ astonishing vocal talent, as they interpret a range of both new and traditional, classically influenced pop songs, including single “O Sole Mio,” “Smile” (popularized by Nat King Cole), a medley of Ennio Morricone songs from the soundtracks of his movies like Once Upon a Time in America, “La Luna Hizo Esto” (written specifically for Il Volo by multi-platinum songwriter Diane Warren), and more.
Il Volo made their American television debut this week singing “O Sole Mio” on CBS’ ‘The Talk,’ and had the audience jumping out of their seats for a standing ovation. For a limited time, get a free download of the track by visiting IlVoloMusic.com. Fans can also preorder the album via Amazon or through the official website, where you can also get to know the group through a short introductory piece and watch the official music video for “O Sole Mio.”
They may be young but Il Volo’s mission is clear: “We want to share our love for this music with people all over the world, including kids our own age.” That they say “would be our dream come true.”
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