Monday, May 20, 2013

Nerys's Guide to Italian Music - Giorgia

Giorgia Todrani was born in Rome on the 26th of April 1971. She's one of the most popular artists of recent years, selling over 6 million albums since her self-titled debut in 1994. She's released 23 singles, five of which have reached Number One.

Giorgia's career started in 1993 when she took part in the Giovani section of Sanremo, for young artists. She came first, and the following year participated with the song E poi which was co-written by her, but was only placed seventh. She returned again in 1995 with Come saprei which was placed first, and also awarded the Premio della Critica (the Critics' Prize), the first time the two prizes had been awarded to the same song.

By 1997, after another appearance at Sanremo in 1996, Giorgia was on her third album, Mangio troppo cioccolato, which gave her her first Number One album in Italy. It was also released in several countries worldwide. The highest charting single from the album was also the first one to be released from it, Un'ora sola ti vorrei, which reached No.3 that year.

The first song of Giorgia's I ever heard was one from 1999, the title track from her Girasole album. It was during a language course in Urbino, and the song was one that was used for a fill-in-the-gap listening exercise. It's become one of my favourite songs of hers. The album remained in the charts for over a year.

Giorgia's second Number One single came in 2003 with Gocce di memoria, which was also the biggest selling single of the year. It's an autobiographical song which deals with the importance of memories, and it also refers to the death of her partner  Alex Baroni, who died in a car accident in 2002.

Giorgia has also duetted with other Italian singers, including Gianna Nannini on Salvami in 2009.

My favourite song of hers is from the summer of 2012, Tu mi porti su. It was written by Jovanotti and also features him on the track. It reached Number 6 on the singles chart in Italy.

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