For decades, Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli has stunned the world with his incredibly powerful voice and magnetic stage presence. As singer Céline Dion, one of the greatest vocal talents of our time, has said: “If God would have a singing voice, he must sound a lot like Andrea Bocelli.” Even more incredible, this talented vocalist has become one of the best-selling artists of all time in Europe and America without sight.
Diagnosed with glaucoma as a child, he went blind at the age of 12. While losing sight at that young age was devastating and would have stopped most people from pursuing a public career, Bocelli has never allowed his disability to keep him down. Just as important as his groundbreaking musical career is his love for his family.
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Bocelli and his ex-wife Enrica Cenzatti had two sons: Amos, born in 1995, and Matteo, born in 1997. Both of them are incredibly musically gifted, which makes a lot of sense given their genes! In a touching interview with CBS, Andrea Bocelli admitted that he never knew his son could even sing when he was a child. But while the great singer spent countless hours at his home piano, refining his craft, little Matteo was soaking it all up.
“Because he stayed at the piano, he knows music just for this… And one time his mother came to me and said, ‘Have you heard Matteo sing?’ And I said no. And she said, ‘Listen to him because he’s very nice.'” When the legendary classical singer heard his son sing, he knew there was something special.
“Technically [our voices] are very different, but there is one thing that makes them most similar: the attitude. That characteristic way of expressing yourself through your voice,” Bocelli told Billboard. “This makes Matteo and I very similar. But that is something that you cannot learn, that cannot be taught. That is something you are born with.”
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When Andrea Bocelli had the inspiration for his album Sì, his first in 14 years comprising all new material, he wanted to include his sons on the effort. As he told Billboard, “I wanted to go back to my memories of being a young man, playing at a piano bar.”
Though the singer had accomplished more in his career than many others put together, he felt the need to come back to his own vision. Bocelli thought to himself, “maybe the time has come to put my effort into finding new songs. Like starting all over again, as it were, in my career.”
While embarking on this amazing journey, he wanted those closest to him to play a big part. His oldest son, Amos Bocelli, played piano for the acoustic versions of “Sono Qui” (I Am Here) and “Ali de Libertà” (Wings of Freedom). Matteo Bocelli, on the other hand, lent his voice to “Fall on Me,” the single to represent the new album.
The father-son duet, featuring the close relationship between the two, including touching pictures of Matteo and Amos as kids, became a massive hit, with over 50 million views on YouTube. As Andrea Bocelli described the music video: “Anyone who is a parent, anyone who knows the precious responsibility of being a mother or a father, will fully grasp the meaning of this piece. ‘Fall On Me’ is the first time I have duetted with my son Matteo Bocelli.”
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But the Bocellis, father and son, aren’t finished with their collaborations. After, Andrea Bocelli featured in a duet with Ed Sheeran for his worldwide number one hit “Perfect.” Adapting the song to include Italian lyrics, Andrea and Matteo Bocelli covered the song for the BBC Radio 2 program Piano Room.
With nothing but a piano and their voices, the Bocellis delivered an incredibly moving rendition of this love song that hasn’t left any dry eyes thus far. Here’s hoping that these two will continue their “perfect symphony” for many years to come.