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Andrea Bocelli: Wife, Famous Songs, Family And Everything To Know About The Italian Tenor

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The world’s most popular living tenor and a best-selling classical crossover artist – Andrea Bocelli is one of the finest artists of our generation. But how much do you know about the great Italian singer?

Operatic tenor Andrea Bocelli is one of classical music’s biggest-selling living artists. The beloved Italian singer, best known for his crossover hit ‘Time to Say Goodbye’ with Sarah Brightman, has recorded everything from popular Neapolitan songs, to complete operas.

From his best-known songs, to his wife and children, to his age, find out all you need to know about this legendary tenor.

Andrea Bocelli pictured at two years old (1960). Picture: Alamy

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Where is Andrea Bocelli from, and how old is he?

Andrea Angel Bocelli was born on 22 September 1958 in Laiatico, Pisa in the Italian region of Tuscany. In September 2021, he turned 63 years old.

How did Andrea Bocelli lose his sight?

Andrea Bocelli is completely blind. From an early age, the singer had problems with his eyes and was diagnosed with glaucoma. Tragically, he lost his sight after a football accident when he was just 12 years old.

Andrea Bocelli has been blind from a young age. Picture: PA Images / Angeles Rodenas

Who is Andrea Bocelli’s wife?

Andrea Bocelli married his wife and manager Veronica Berti, in a stylish ceremony in Tuscany in 2014. Two years before their marriage, in 2012 Veronica gave birth to the couple’s first child Virginia – Bocelli’s third child, but first daughter.

Andrea Bocelli and Veronica Berti leave the Sanctuary of Madonna di Montenero after their wedding on March 21, 2014 i. Picture: Getty

Where does Andrea Bocelli live?

Bocelli lives in a former hotel in the charming town of Forte dei Marmi in Tuscany, with his wife and daughter.

Andrea Bocelli’s house in Forte dei Marmi, Tuscany. Picture: Classic FM

How did Andrea Bocelli become famous?

Despite the setback with his sight, the young Andrea showed huge potential as a singer, winning his first competition aged just 14 with a rendition of the Neapolitan song ‘O Sole Mio’. However, it didn’t seem that music was quite the right career choice for Bocelli – he went to the University of Pisa to study law, but kept singing in bars for extra money.

Then, Bocelli’s luck changed when a demo tape of him singing found its way into the hands of Luciano Pavarotti, via the Italian rock star Zucchero. Bocelli was invited on tour with Zucchero, where the two performed the song ‘Miserere’ together. Pavarotti remained supportive of Bocelli in the early days of his career, inviting him to perform at his annual charity gala concert in Modena, ‘Pavarotti International’.

Luciano Pavarotti perfoms with Andrea Bocelli at the 'Pavarotti & Friends' 2003 concert in Modena

Luciano Pavarotti perfoms with Andrea Bocelli at the ‘Pavarotti & Friends’ 2003 concert in Modena. Picture: Alamy

What is Andrea Bocelli’s most famous song?

Andrea’s massive-selling duet with Sarah Brightman, ‘Time To Say Goodbye’, was originally intended as a farewell song to boxer Henry Maske (who was friends with Brightman), and was first performed at his final fight in 1996.

It has become one of the most successful singles in history, breaking records across the world and becoming Bocelli’s signature song, as both a solo and duet.

‘The Prayer’, a duet Bocelli recorded with Celine Dion in 1999, and Puccini’s glorious tenor aria ‘Nessun dorma’, have also become melodies closely associated with Bocelli. The tenor most recently sang the aria at The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee concert.

Who are Andrea Bocelli’s parents?

Andrea Bocelli was born the son of Alessandro and Edi Bocelli. His family lived on a farm, selling farm machinery and making wine for a living.

Along with his brother, Alberto, Andrea now has his very own brand of wine. Made from grapes grown on his family farm, the ‘Bocelli Family’ label has already wowed wine critics and earned the Bocellis the respect of the wine-making world.

Andrea Bocelli and his brother Alberto, pictured on the family’s wine estate in Lajatico, Pisa

Andrea Bocelli and his brother Alberto, pictured on the family’s wine estate in Lajatico, Pisa. Picture: Alamy

What is Andrea Bocelli’s vocal range?

Andrea Bocelli is a tenor, whose range is estimated to span from around C sharp 2, up to D5.

His stylistic range spans from crossover pop hits, to complete operas. In 1998, Bocelli took to the dramatic stage for the first time when he played the role of Rodolfo in Puccini’s La bohème, at the Teatro Comunale in Cagliari. He has also sung Puccini’s Madam Butterfly and Tosca, and Verdi’s Requiem, live.

Andrea Bocelli’s albums: what was his debut, and his latest, album?

Bocelli’s debut album, Il mare calmo della sera (1994) was a classical crossover album which included Puccini’s great aria ‘E lucevan le stelle’.

The star tenor has released 17 albums in total, most recently Believe, which came out in November 2020. It features a duet with Alison Krauss and a previously unheard track by the late film great, Ennio Morricone.

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Kwame Baah sets to launch a global BUSINESS plug for musicians and all entertainers

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Photo: Kwame Baah, a digital marketing expert and a content manager.

Ghanaian digital marketing expert, Kwame Baah is set to launch a global business agency for artiste booking.

“The  primary focus of Get the Artiste is to  bridge the gap between artistes and people or businesses who need talent for various engagements, be it a concert, event, Tv show or guest appearances” Baah told mediaplugafrica.

He explained: “Booking agency is not anything new, is all over the world so it’s nothing new. We are just trying to bring it over here in Ghana  so that our artiste easily  get to be connected with locally and internationally”.

K. Baah currently manages,  strategize, grooms and promotes most of the big names in the Ghanaian music industry.

The official  launch of K. Baah’s initiative “Get The Artiste” will take place on Friday, February 10, 2023 at the 3Music Headquarters, Accra at exactly 5pm.

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Ed Sheeran returns to social with an emotional personal announcement

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British singer Ed Sheeran took to his Instagram to share an emotional personal announcement following his return to social media after a two-month break.

In a video he shared on Instagram, The singer, 31, admitted he has been emotionally detached for much longer.

Ed Sheeran took to Instagram to address his absence. Credit: Instagram/Ed Sheeran

“I realise I haven’t been that engaged in my social media or my fan base online over the last couple of years and the things that have been posted on this account might have got a bit boring, I’m sorry, it’s my fault. Ed said in a video.

“The reason I’m making this video is, just being totally honest, I’ve had some turbulent things happening in my personal life so I just didn’t really feel like being online and pretending to be something I’m not, when I wasn’t feeling like that.

“And I know that sounds weird but hence I’m making this video to say things are looking up and I’m back online.

“Weird s*** is going to start being posted here.”

Ed Sheeran did not elaborate on what ‘turbulence’ he’d endured. Credit: Instagram/Ed Sheeran

However, Ed  did not elaborate on what “turbulence” he’d endured, In February, he lost his close friend Jamal Edwards who tragically died after a cardiac arrest brought on by taking cocaine and drinking alcohol. Three months later, Ed and his wife Cherry Seaborn announced they had welcomed a baby daughter.

In November, Ed told his followers that he was taking a break from social media, after wrapping up work on a new music video.

Sharing a behind-the-scenes snap overlooking a beach, he penned the caption: ‘Signing off now until 2023. See you in the new year. Much love, Ed x.’

According to daily mail, the singer is in the middle of a worldwide tour, and is currently performing a run of shows in Australia and New Zealand.

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Chicago prosecutor drops sex abuse charges against R. Kelly

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R. Kelly arrives for a hearing on sexual abuse charges in Chicago on May 7, 2019.Kamil Krzaczynski / AFP via Getty Images file

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx told reporters that her office believes “justice has been served” against Kelly, who has been convicted in federal court.

An Illinois prosecutor dropped 10 charges of sex abuse against the singer R. Kelly on Monday, saying the cost was one of the factors she weighed in her decision.

Kelly, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, is already serving a 30-year prison sentence on charges of federal racketeering and sex trafficking after he was convicted in New York last year.

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx told reporters that her office believes “justice has been served” with the two convictions. She said her office’s “limited resources and court time” were the ultimate factors, noting that it found the accusations to be credible.

“Mr. Kelly is looking at the possibility of never walking out of prison again,” Foxx said.

Kelly is set to appear Tuesday in Cook County Court, where the charges will be formally dropped. The state has accused Kelly of sexually abusing four people, three of whom were minors.

Foxx announced the state’s case in 2019, saying the incidents occurred from May 1998 to January 2010. Kelly had faced three to seven years in prison for each charge if he were convicted.

The women in the case were identified in the indictment only by their initials. Multiple women have come forward with allegations over the years.

Lifetime aired a six-part docuseries, “Surviving R. Kelly,” in January 2019 in which multiple women alleged Kelly subjected them to mental, physical and sexual abuse. Foxx urged potential victims to come forward to speak with her office about possible criminal activity after the series.

Foxx said Monday that she consulted with the women in the indictment before she decided to drop the charges, acknowledging that some might be disappointed.

“I know firsthand how difficult it is for you to tell your stories,” Foxx said. “Four years ago, I stood at this podium and shared my story of having been a survivor and my full understanding of what it means to have to go before strangers to discuss what is arguably one of the most horrific experiences one could have. And these women, all of them Black, came forward, believing that they would be heard.”

Kelly also faces state charges in Minnesota, where he has been accused of soliciting a minor for sexual purposes and engaging in prostitution with a minor.

In the New York case, Kelly was convicted on nine counts of racketeering and sex trafficking. Jurors found that he set up a criminal enterprise that enabled him to recruit and transport underage girls for sex.

Months later in Chicago federal court, he was convicted on six counts of sexual exploitationand enticement of a minor. He is scheduled to be sentenced on those charges Feb. 23.

Kelly’s attorneys have said he plans to appeal both federal convictions.

Source: NBC NEWS

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