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 U.S. on April 12.
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.