Gianna Nannini

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Gianna Nannini
Nannini performing in 2017
Nannini performing in 2017
Background information
Born (1954-06-14) 14 June 1954 (age 68)
Siena, Tuscany, Italy
  • Pop
  • rock
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active1976–present

Gianna Nannini (Italian pronunciation: [ˈdʒanna nanˈniːni]; born 14 June 1954[1][2][3][4][5][6]) is an Italian singer and songwriter. Her most notable songs include "America" (1979), "Fotoromanza" (1984), "I Maschi" (1987) and "Bello e impossibile" (1986), the latter a European hit with success in Austria, Germany, Italy and Switzerland.

Early life[edit]

Nannini was born in Siena on 14 June 1954.[1][2][3][4][5][6] She is the elder sister of former Formula One racing driver Alessandro Nannini. She studied piano and composition in Milan in the late 1970s and obtained a degree in Philosophy from the University of Siena in 1994. The following year she took part in a protest organized by Greenpeace at the French embassy in Rome against the decision of the French government to pursue nuclear experiments at Mururoa.


Nannini scored her first domestic hit in 1979 with the single "America" and the album California, which became a success in several European countries. Her international breakthrough happened in 1984 with the release of her sixth album, the Conny Plank-produced Puzzle, which peaked in the top 10 in the Italian, German, Austrian and Swiss charts. The first single from the album, "Fotoromanza", was supported by a music video directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, and went on to win many musical awards. Nannini embarked on a long European tour to support the album, culminating in a headlining gig at the Montreux Jazz Festival.

In 1986, her song "Bello e impossibile" was a European hit in Italy, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Her 1987 compilation album Maschi e Altri sold over a million copies.

Nannini in 1981

In 2004, she released the greatest hits album Perle, where a number of her most renowned songs were rearrangemed with the support of musicians such as Christian Lohr on piano (who also had a co-producer credit), and a string quartet composed of Vincenzo di Donna (first violin), Luigi de Maio (second violin), Gerardo Morrone (viola) and Antonio di Franca (violoncello). With this orchestra Nannini went on a European tour from 2004 to 2005.

The album Grazie was released in February 2006, and peaked at number one of the Italian hit-parade with the single "Sei nell'anima".

In April 2007, Nannini released Pia come la canto io, a collection of songs produced by Wil Malone and originally intended for a rock opera based on the medieval Tuscan character Pia de' Tolomei (briefly mentioned in Dante's Purgatorio) that would eventually be performed in 2008 after eleven years of gestation.

An acoustic version of her song Meravigliosa Creatura (from Perle) has been used in a 2008 advertisement commercial for the Fiat Bravo directed by Matthias Zentner. Fiat would later include another Gianna Nannini song, "Aria", in a subsequent Fiat Bravo ad.


In 1987 she performed with Sting and Jack Bruce the "Three Penny Opera" by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill at the Schauspielhaus in Hamburg. In 1990, she and Edoardo Bennato sang "Un'estate italiana", the official song of the Football World Cup 1990 composed by Giorgio Moroder. In September 2006, she recorded the single "Ama Credi E Vai" with Andrea Bocelli. Nannini was also featured on Einstürzende Neubauten member Alexander Hacke's solo album Sanctuary, on the track "Per Sempre Butterfly". In 2008 she duetted with the Italian rapper Fabri Fibra in his videoclip version of the song "In Italia". She also sang the song "Aria" with the Macedonian vocalist Toše Proeski.

Band current lineup[edit]

  • Gianna Nannini – vocals, guitar, violin, piano
  • Milton Mcdonald – guitar, backing vocals
  • Davide Ferrario – keyboards, backing vocals
  • Davide Tagliapietra – guitar, backing vocals
  • Mylious Johnson – drums
  • Alex Kilier – bass
  • Will Malone – producer, musical director

Personal life[edit]

In August 2010, at the age of 56, Nannini announced that she was pregnant (the name of the father was not revealed).[7] Nannini's pregnancy was prominently featured on the cover of Vanity Fair, where she was portrayed wearing a T-shirt with the inscription "God is a Woman". On 26 November 2010 Nannini's daughter Penelope Jane Charlotte was born in Milan.[8] In 2017, Nannini decided to move to London with her partner, Carla. In her 2017 autobiography, entitled Cazzi miei, she revealed she was ready for a civil union with Carla, explaining she felt Italian laws could not give her any guarantee about Penelope's future in the case of Nannini's death.[9][10]


Nannini performing in 2008


  • Gianna Nannini (1976)
  • Una radura (1977)
  • California (1979)
  • G. N. (1981)
  • Sconcerto Rock (1981, soundtrack)
  • Latin Lover (1982)
  • Puzzle (1984)
  • Tutto Live (1985, live)
  • Profumo (1986)
  • Maschi e Altri (1987, compilation)
  • Malafemmina (1988)
  • Scandalo (1990)
  • Giannissima (1991, live)
  • Maschi e altri / Chicos y otros (1992)
  • X Forza e x amore (1993)
  • Dispetto (1995) No. 1 Italy
  • Bomboloni (1996, compilation; including a song about bombolone)
  • Cuore (1998) No. 2 Italy (Platinum)
  • Momo (2002, soundtrack)
  • Aria (2002) No. 7 Italy, No. 29 Switzerland
  • Perle (2004) No. 6 Italy, No. 22 Switzerland
  • Grazie (2006) No. 1 Italy (7× Platinum), No. 12 Switzerland, No. 32 Germany
  • Pia come la canto io (2007) No. 5 Italy
  • Giannabest (2007, compilation) No. 1 Italy (7× Platinum), No. 15 Portugal, No. 23 Switzerland, No. 32 Germany
  • Giannadream – Solo I Sogni Sono Veri (2009) No. 2 Italy (4× Platinum)
  • Extradream – Solo I Sogni Sono Veri (2010)
  • Io e te (2011) No. 1 Italy (4× Platinum)
  • Inno (2013) No. 1 Italy (Platinum)
  • Hitalia (2014) No. 1 Italy (3× Platinum)
  • Hitstory (2015) No. 5 Italy (Gold), No. 51 Switzerland
  • Amore gigante (2017) No. 2 Italy (Gold),[11] No. 14 Switzerland
  • La differenza (2019) No. 4 Italy[12]

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • Gianni Brunelli; Christoph Mann; Gianna Nannini (preface) (1990). Osteria Le Logge [Die Küche der Toskana] (in Italian and German). Munich: Hugendubel. p. 95. ISBN 978-3-88034-467-9. OCLC 643636344 – via {{cite book}}: External link in |via= (help)


  1. ^ a b Who Is Who Archived 21 December 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b Bello e possibile, by Francesco Burroni, published on Left n° 34 of 3 September 2010, page 7; Burroni, Nannini's schoolmate, declare she was born the same year as himself, in 1954.
  3. ^ a b Gianna Nannini madre con la tecnica proibita (in Italian)
  4. ^ a b HITALY certificate of incorporation
  5. ^ a b "'Il sesso non basta, voglio l'anima'. Gianna crede nell'Amore gigante" (in Italian). 26 October 2017. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  6. ^ a b Birth certificate (in Italian)
  7. ^ "Gianna Nannini mamma a 54 anni!". 2 August 2010. Retrieved 15 September 2010.
  8. ^ "È nata Penelope, la figlia di Gianna Nannini" (in Italian). Archived from the original on 4 July 2016. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  9. ^ "Gianna Nannini: A Londra sposo Carla, stepchild adoption per mia figlia". TGCOM (in Italian). Mediaset. 6 July 2017. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  10. ^ Giulio Pasqui (6 July 2017). "Gianna Nannini sposa la compagna: Ho scelto Londra con mia figlia e Carla. L'Italia non mi tutela nei miei diritti di mamma". Il Fatto Quotidiano.
  11. ^ "Album – Classifica settimanale WK 44 (dal 2017-10-27 al 2017-11-02)" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  12. ^ "Album – Classifica settimanale WK 47 (dal 15 November 2019 al 21 November 2019)" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Archived from the original on 18 March 2020. Retrieved 23 November 2019.

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