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Apr 25, 2024 • Knight Theater
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At just 25 years old, singer/songwriter Matteo Bocelli has already performed on some of the world’s biggest stages and tasted musical stardom—sharing his sensitive songs and dynamic vocal performances with listeners around the globe. As the son and sometimes collaborator of renowned tenor Andrea Bocelli, he’s been instilled with a lifelong musical education and an endlessly curious nature, which are on full display on his debut solo album Matteo, a bold step into his own spotlight.
His debut live performance at age 18 was at Rome’s Colosseum, and in 2018 he and his father released “Fall on Me,” a stirring duet about the relationship between parent and child, which has amassed over 400 million global streams to date.
Matteo grew up listening to opera and classical music as well as “the great voices” like Whitney Houston and Frank Sinatra. But in his adolescence, he began broadening his musical horizons to include modern pop, and he was particularly taken by the then-emerging singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran. “I truly consider him a genius,” says Matteo. In 2020 Matteo released “Solo,” a breathtaking love song that recalls both classic arias and sleek radio hits, showing off his exquisite phrasing over a track that combines melodic arpeggios with the dramatic sweep of EDM.
Matteo has already released songs in multiple languages—he recorded “Fall on Me” in English, Italian, French, and Russian—and Matteo includes tracks sung in Italian, like the disco-tinged “Fasi,” which uses its insistent beat to drive home its message of resilience. “It’s a summary of this phase of my life, where you understand that you have to take certain steps and make certain decisions by yourself,” he says. “You can have the most true and honest suggestions from the people who surround you, but in the end, it’s you.”
With his first solo album, Matteo hopes to say “I’m here,” using his formidable voice to offer listeners comfort—and more than a few opportunities to let themselves go in his classically minded version of 21st-century pop. “You can always find positivity from negative experiences,” he says. “I’m the first one that has to work on this—it’s not easy. But through these songs, I wanted to say that when there’s an ending, there’s always a new beginning.
“And above all, I’m here. I’m here for you. Even if we may live life with different points of view, what’s important is that we keep sharing.”
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