Chiara Civello

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Chiara Civello
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Background information
Born (1975-06-15) June 15, 1975 (age 46)
Rome, Italy
GenresJazz, pop
Occupation(s)Vocalist, musician
InstrumentsVocals, piano, guitar
Years active1992–present
LabelsVerve, Sony

Chiara Civello (born June 15, 1975) is an Italian singer, songwriter, pianist, and guitarist.


When Civello was seventeen, she sang in a band with Mario Raja, then Roberto Gatto. On a scholarship, she moved to Boston in 1994 to attend the Berklee College of Music. After graduating, she moved to New York City and met Russ Titelman, who produced her first album.[1] The album was influenced by Brazilian music, with vocals by Daniel Jobim, the grandson of Antonio Carlos Jobim, and cover versions of "Outono" by Rosa Passos and "Caramel" by Suzanne Vega. Civello wrote one song, "Trouble", with Burt Bacharach. She was accompanied by Steve Gadd, Larry Goldings, Jamey Haddad, Mike Mainieri, Rob Mounsey, Adam Rogers, and Ben Street.[2]

The second album, The Space Between (Universal Jazz and Classics, 2007) was produced by Steve Addabbo and Pete Rende. It contained original songs and songs written with guitarist Jim Campilongo. The title of her third album, 7752 (Universal Jazz and Classics, 2010), produced by Andres Levin, refers to the distance in kilometers between New York and Rio de Janeiro. After a short visit to Daniel Jobim in Rio in 2008, collaborations with other artists encouraged her to explore Brazilian music. Brazilian singer Ana Carolina was the main collaborator on this album. Their first composition together, "Resta", was on the soundtrack for the soap opera Passione, produced by GLOBO TV. The album included Jaques Morelenbaum, Tom Jobim, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Marc Ribot, Mauro Refosco, and Anat Cohen.

In 2012 Civello took part in the Sanremo Festival with a song written with Diana Tejera which gave the title to her fourth album, Al Posto Del Mondo. The song "Problemi/Problemas" interpreted by Ana Carolina, on the soundtrack of the soap opera Fina Estampa, won the Premio Multishow prize for best song of 2012 in Brazil.

On Canzoni (Sony, 2014) Civello became a torch singer and immersed herself in the Italian repertoire: an album of love songs carefully picked from the 60s to the present, blending influences of bossa nova, blue eyed soul, jazz, and pop.

Gilberto Gil, Chico Buarque, Ana Carolina Esperanza Spalding sang duets on "Io che non vivo senza te" (Gil) "Io che amo solo te" (Chico Biarque) "E penso a te" (Ana Carolina) and an Italian version of "The Windmills of Your Mind" (Esperanza Spalding). The orchestral arrangements were conceived by Eumir Deodato. Nicola Conte provided an blend of contemporary sensibility and old school analog sound.

On Eclipse Civello's music acquired a new flavor thanks to the production of Marc Collin (aka Nouvelle Vague) who found a balance between classic and modern sound by blending Brazilian music, excerpts from Italian cinema, and subliminal electronics.[3]

Civello has written and sung in five languages: Italian, English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese.[1] She sang duets with James Taylor (on the album October Road), Juan Luis Guerra (on the album La llave de mi corazon), Pino Daniele (on the album Ricomincio da 30).


Album Title Album details Peak chart positions
Last Quarter Moon
  • Released: 2005
  • Label: Verve
  • Format: CD, download digital
The Space Between 38
  • Released: 2010
  • Label: EmArcy
  • Format: CD, download digital
Al Posto del Mondo
  • Released: 2012
  • Label: Sony
  • Format: CD, download digital
  • Released: 2014
  • Label: Sony
  • Format: CD, download digital
  • Released: 2017
  • Label: Sony
  • Format: CD, download digital


  1. ^ a b Henderson, Alex. "Chiara Civello". AllMusic. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  2. ^ Edwards, Michael (1 May 2005). "Chiara Civello: Last Quarter Moon - JazzTimes". JazzTimes. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Bio - Chiara Civello".
  4. ^ "Chiara Civello | Album Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Chiara Civello - Chansons". RoughTrade. Retrieved 19 November 2021.