Raphael Gualazzi

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Raphael Gualazzi
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Background information
Birth name Raffaele Gualazzi
Born (1981-11-11) 11 November 1981 (age 33)
Origin Urbino, Italy
Genres Jazz, Blues
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments voice, piano
Years active 2005-present
Labels Sugar Music
Associated acts The Bloody Beetroots
Website http://www.raphaelgualazzi.com/

Raffaele Gualazzi (born 11 November 1981 in Urbino), better known as Raphael Gualazzi,[1] is an Italian singer and pianist.

Biography[edit]

Love Outside the Window[edit]

On 16 September 2005, Gualazzi released his first studio album, titled Love Outside the Window and distributed by Edel Music.[2][3]

In 2008, Gualazzi recorded a cover of "Georgia on My Mind" for the compilation Piano Jazz, released in France by Wagram Music.[4][5]

Sanremo Festival 2011[edit]

In September 2010 he released a self-titled digital EP in Italy and Europe.[6] The EP features a cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Don't Stop" and three new songs written by Gualazzi,[7] including his first single, "Reality and Fantasy".[8][9] The song was later released in a remix version by British/French DJ Gilles Peterson.[10]

On 18 February 2011 he won the Sanremo Festival in the Newcomers section, the Critics' "Mia Martini" Award for Newcomers and the "Sala Radio-Tv" Award with the self-penned song "Follia d'amore".[11] The song is included in Gualazzi's second studio album, Reality and Fantasy, released on 16 February 2011 by Sugar Music.[12][13][14]

Eurovision Song Contest 2011[edit]

On 19 February 2011, Gualazzi was chosen among the participants at the Sanremo Festival 2011 to represent Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest 2011, held in Düsseldorf, Germany.[15] Gualazzi was the first Italian singer to represent the country since the Eurovision Song Contest 1997. "Madness of Love" finished second of 43 countries of all Europe with 189 points, 32 points behind the winning song "Running Scared".

Sanremo Festival 2013[edit]

On 13 December 2013, his participation in the "Big Artists" section in the Sanremo Music Festival 2013 is confirmed with the songs "Senza ritegno" and "Sai (ci basta un sogno)". His third studio album, Happy Mistake, is released on 14 February 2013. On 12 February 2013, during the first night of the Sanremo Festival, "Sai (ci basta un sogno)" is chosen as Gualazzi's song for the rest of the competition; the song finished in fifth position in the final.[16]

Sanremo Festival 2014[edit]

In 2014 he took part in the "Big Artists" section in Sanremo for the second year in a row, this time together with The Bloody Beetroots, with the songs "Liberi o no" and "Tanto ci sei". They took second place in the final with the song "Liberi o no".

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Album Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
ITA
[17]
AUT
[18]
BEL
(Wa)

[19]
FR
[20]
GER
[21]
Love Outside the Window 44
[22]
Reality and Fantasy
  • Released: 16 February 2011
  • Label: Sugar Music
  • Format: CD, download
4 53 49
Happy Mistake
  • Released: 14 February 2013
  • Label: Sugar Music
  • Format: CD, download
5 173 87

EPs[edit]

EP Title EP details
Raphael Gualazzi
Accidentally on Purpose - Sanremo's Festival 2014 (with The Bloody Beetroots)

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak Chart positions Certifications Album / EP
ITA
[25]
AUT
[18]
BEL (FLA)
[26]
BEL (WAL)
[27]
NL
[28]
SWI
[29]
2010 "Reality and Fantasy" Raphael Gualazzi
2011 "Follia d'amore" / "Madness of Love" 8 40 83 85 90 52 Reality and Fantasy
"A Three Second Breath"
"Calda estate (dove sei)"
"Love Goes Down Slow"
2013 "Sai (ci basta un sogno)" 15 Happy Mistake

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director
2010 "Reality and Fantasy"[31] Valentina Be
2011 "Follia d'amore"[32]
"A Three Second Breath"[33] Duccio Forzano
"Madness of Love"[34]
"Love Goes Down Slow"[35] Marco Missano

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Nomination Work Result
2011 Nastro d'Argento Best Original Song[36] "Follia d'amore" Nominated
2011 IMPALA European Independent Album of the Year Award European Independent Album of the Year[37] Reality and Fantasy Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Elenco Giovani 2011" (in Italian). RAI. Retrieved 4 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "Love Outside the Window - Raphael Gualazzi - Jazz" (in Italian). Wuz.it. Retrieved 27 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "Raphael Gualazzi - Love Outside the Windows" (in Italian). Jazzitalia.net. Retrieved 27 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "Raphael Gualazzi for Italy at Eurovision 2011". Esceurovision.com. Retrieved 27 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "Raphael Gualazzi - Bio". Raphaelgualazzi.com. Retrieved 27 February 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "RAPHAEL GUALAZZI: due date ad ottobre per il giovane ed eccellente pianista, cantante e compositore" (in Italian). www.newspettacolo.com. 9 October 2010. Retrieved 28 May 2011. 
  7. ^ Andrea Conti (1 October 2010). "Amo la musica e le cose belle" (in Italian). TGCOM. Retrieved 28 May 2011. 
  8. ^ "Raphael Gualazzi" (in Italian). www.radiowebitalia.it. 30 November 2010. Retrieved 28 May 2011. 
  9. ^ ""Reality & Fantasy" di Raphael Gualazzi in radio da oggi" (in Italian). www.radiolifestyle.it. 17 December 2010. Retrieved 28 May 2011. 
  10. ^ "Raphael Gualazzi scaa le classifiche digitali" (in Italian). www.raphaelgualazzi.com. Retrieved 28 May 2011. 
  11. ^ Mario Guglielmi (19 February 2011). "Festival Sanremo 2011, Raphael Gualazzi, triplo trionfo nei Giovani: "Mi sento un artigiano"". Riviera24.it. Retrieved 27 February 2011. 
  12. ^ "Raphael Gualazzi "Reality And Fantasy"". Sugar Music. Retrieved 27 February 2011. 
  13. ^ "Musica/ Esce oggi 'Reality and fantasy' di Raphael Gualazzi" (in Italian). l'Unità. 16 February 2011. Retrieved 27 February 2011. 
  14. ^ "Raphael Gualazzi. Vincitore della categoria giovani del festival di Sanremo con 'Follia d'amore' e del premio della critica Mia Martini" (in Italian). ANSA. 19 February 2011. Retrieved 27 February 2011. 
  15. ^ "and finally... Italy is back with Raphael Gualazzi!!". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 19 February 2011. 
  16. ^ Stefano Michero (17 February 2013). "Sanremo 2013: la classifica finale, la giuria di qualità era per Elio, Malika e Gualazzi". sanremonews.it. 
  17. ^ "Search for: Raphael Gualazzi - Albums". italiancharts.com. Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  18. ^ a b "Raphael Gualazzi - Austrian Charts". austriancharts.at/. 
  19. ^ "Raphael Gualazzi - French Charts". ultratop.be/fr/. 
  20. ^ "Raphael Gualazzi - French Charts". lescharts.com/. 
  21. ^ "Chartverfolgung / Gualazzi,Raphael / Longplay" (in German). Retrieved 27 May 2011. 
  22. ^ "Classifica settimanale dal 04/04/2011 al 10/04/2011" (in Italian). FIMI. Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  23. ^ "ARTISTI - Dalla settimana 1 del 2009 alla settimana 39 del 2011" (PDF) (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry. Retrieved 23 October 2011. 
  24. ^ "Certificazione Album fisici e digitali dalla settimana 1 del 2009 alla settimana 52 del 2013" (PDF) (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry. Archived from the original on 19 January 2014. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  25. ^ "Search for: Raphael Gualazzi - Singles". italiancharts.com. Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  26. ^ "Raphael Gualazzi - Belgium (Flanders) Charts". ultratop.be/nl/. 
  27. ^ "Raphael Gualazzi - Belgium (Wallonia) Charts". ultratop.be/fr/. 
  28. ^ "Raphael Gualazzi - Dutch Charts". dutchcharts.nl/. 
  29. ^ "Raphael Gualazzi - Swiss Charts". hitparade.ch/. 
  30. ^ "Certificazione Single Ditial dalla settimana 1 del 2009" (PDF) (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  31. ^ "Reality and fantasy versione album e Gilles Peterson Remix" (in Italian). www.raphaelgualazzi.com. Retrieved 28 May 2011. 
  32. ^ "RAPHAEL GUALAZZI- FOLLIA D'AMORE VINCITORE SANREMO GIOVANI 2011" (in Italian). vimeo.com. Retrieved 28 May 2011. 
  33. ^ "Musica: Raphael Gualazzi in volata da Sanremo all'Eurosong di Duesseldorf" (in Italian). Adnkronos. 13 May 2011. Retrieved 28 May 2011. 
  34. ^ "Raphael Gualazzi – ESC 2011". www.eurovisionitalia.com. Retrieved 28 May 2011. 
  35. ^ "Raphael Gualazzi apre la nuova stagione di "Che tempo che fa"" (in Italian). www.laprimaweb.it. 17 September 2011. Retrieved 23 October 2011. 
  36. ^ Pietra Caccavo (27 May 2011). "Nastri d'argento 2011: Moretti è il più votato". la Repubblica (in Italian). Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  37. ^ "21 by Adele wins the IMPALA European Independent Album of the Year Award". IMPALA Independent Music Companies Association. Archived from the original on 4 August 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Jalisse
with "Fiumi di parole"
Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest
2011
Succeeded by
Nina Zilli
with "L'amore è femmina"