Francesco Gabbani

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Francesco Gabbani
Francesco Gabbani RedCarpet Kyiv 2017.jpg
Francesco Gabbani during Eurovision Song Contest 2017 opening ceremony in Kiev, Ukraine
Background information
Born (1982-09-09) 9 September 1982 (age 37)
Carrara, Italy
  • songwriter
  • musician
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
  • bass
  • drums
Years active2000–present

Francesco Gabbani (born 9 September 1982) is an Italian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.[1][2] He rose to fame after winning the newcomers' section of the Sanremo Music Festival 2016 with the song "Amen". The next year, he went on to win the main section of the Sanremo Music Festival 2017 with the song "Occidentali's Karma", and represented Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finishing in 6th place.

Life and career[edit]

2009–2014: Early beginnings and Greitist Iz[edit]

In 2009, Gabbani featured on Mira Leon's single "Filodoro". He released his debut singles "Estate" and "Maledetto amore" in 2011. In 2013, Gabbani released "I dischi non-si suonano" and "Clandestino" as singles from his debut studio album. He released his debut album, Greitist Iz, on 27 May 2014.[3] The album peaked at number 59 on the Italian Albums Chart.

2015–2016: Eternamente ora[edit]

He was then signed to BMG Rights Management in 2015. The following year, he was announced as a competitor in the newcomers section of the Sanremo Music Festival 2016 with the song "Amen", which went on to win the competition. The song also won the Mia Martini Critics Award.[4] The song was released as the lead single from his second studio album on 27 November 2015, and was certified platinum by the Federation of the Italian Music Industry.[5] The song peaked at number 14 on the Italian Singles Chart. He released his second studio album Eternamente ora on 12 February 2016, peaking at number 18 on the Italian Albums Chart. On 6 May 2016, he released "Eternamente ora" as the second single from the album. "In equilibrio" was released as the third and final single from the album on 12 September 2016. In 2016, Gabbani composed the soundtrack of Italian comedy film Poveri ma ricchi, directed by Fausto Brizzi. The song "Foglie al gelo" was released in December 2016 as a single from the film's soundtrack album.[6]

2017–2018: Magellano and Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

Gabbani returned to the Sanremo Music Festival the following year, winning in the "Big Artists" section with the song "Occidentali's Karma".[7][8] As a result, he also became the first performer to win both sections of the Sanremo Music Festival in two consecutive years.[9] After his win at Sanremo 2017, it was revealed by RAI that Gabbani had accepted the offer to represent Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, in Kiev, Ukraine, with the song "Occidentali's Karma". As Italy is a member of the "Big Five", he automatically qualified to the final, held on 13 May 2017. Throughout the Eurovision season, he was considered a huge favourite to win the contest.[10] He managed to get 6th place with 334 points. In April 2017, Gabbani announced on Facebook that he would be releasing his third studio album, Magellano, on 28 April 2017. The album includes his Eurovision song "Occidentali's Karma". To promote the album, Gabbani embarked on a tour. He held several shows across Italy from 19 June to 9 September 2017. The album has peaked at number one on the Italian Albums Chart.

2019-present: Upcoming fourth studio album[edit]

On 4 May 2019, Gabbani released "È un'altra cosa", the first single from his fourth studio album, Viceversa. He participated at the Sanremo Music Festival 2020 with the song "Viceversa".[11]


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Nomination Work Result
2017 MTV Italian Music Awards Best Italian Male[12] Himself Nominated
MTV Europe Music Awards Best Italian Act[13] Nominated


  1. ^ "Francesco Gabbani" (in Italian). RAI. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Biografia – Francesco Gabbani". (in Italian). Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  3. ^ Greitist Iz di Francesco Gabbani su Apple Music
  4. ^ Massimo Longoni (13 February 2016). "Festival di Sanremo 2016, Francesco Gabbani vince nelle Nuove proposte". Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Italian single certifications – Francesco Gabbani" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 9 February 2017. Select "Tutti gli anni" in the "Anno" drop-down menu. Select "Francesco Gabbani" in the "Filtra" field. Select "Singoli online" under "Sezione".
  6. ^ Alessandro Genovese (12 December 2016). "Francesco Gabbani firma la colonna sonora di Poveri ma ricchi" (in Italian). Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  7. ^ Domenico Naso (13 December 2016). "Festival di Sanremo 2017: i cantanti in gara. Dai talent ai veterani: ecco chi salirà sul palco dell'Ariston". Il Fatto Quotidiano (in Italian). Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  8. ^ Domenico Naso (12 February 2017). "Sanremo 2017, vince Francesco Gabbani, seconda Fiorella Mannoia, terzo Ermal Meta". Il Fatto Quotidiano (in Italian). Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  9. ^ "Video intervista a Francesco Gabbani, il vincitore di Sanremo 2017" (in Italian). 12 February 2017. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  10. ^ Escudero, Victor M. (12 February 2017). "Francesco Gabbani to represent Italy in Kyiv!". Eurovision Song Contest. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  11. ^ "Sanremo 2020: Ecco chi sono i 22 Big in gara della 70esima edizione del Festival". Coming Soon. 31 December 2019. Retrieved 5 February 2020.
  12. ^ "Votazioni aperte! Ecco tutte le nomination dei TIM MTV Awards 2017" (in Italian). MTV Italy. 21 April 2017. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  13. ^ "MTV European Music Awards: le nomination per il Best Italian Act". Rolling Stone (in Italian). 4 October 2017. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Sanremo Music Festival winner
Succeeded by
Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro
with "Non mi avete fatto niente"
Preceded by
Francesca Michielin
with "No Degree of Separation"
Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro
with "Non mi avete fatto niente"