Andrea Bocelli has had an incredible career for a man who had his first sustained success at the age of 36. Born in1958 in Lajatico, Italy, this singer would certainly go about winning local talent shows at an early age, but he would not feel confident enough in his ability until winning the newcomers section at a major music festival in 1994.
Before then the he had simply demonstrated an incredible appreciation and love for music, but instead used this love and talent to help pay his way through law school. Also previous to this entry into the world of professional music, Andrea Bocelli had adapted to being blind. He had poor vision as a child, but it was an errant soccer ball flying through the air and connecting with his head that caused the brain hemorrhage that finally took his sight.
Yet, Bocelli has always soldiered on, becoming a success in his law career and his music career. That music career began when an Italian rock star sought a classical singer to aid one of his songs. He chose Bocelli and helped him begin to start his career, introducing him to Pavarotti, who would eventually record a song with him.
Andrea Bocelli first conquered the Italian music market before taking on the world. Merging classical and pop influences, albums like Viaggio Italiano, Bocelli, and Sogno dominated the Italian charts and made him an international hit. Whether the audience spoke the language of the lyrics or not the timbre of his voice distinguished him and his music.
Overall, Bocelli has released eight pop albums, six classical albums, three compilation albums, three more live albums, and nine full-length operas. His singles “Time to Say Goodbye” and “Vivo per lei” are timeless.
The singer’s tours are far fewer than they once were, but he is still a very celebrated music personality, who will make appearances at the globe’s biggest venues and as a guest judge on the most popular reality talent shows.