Giovanni Caccamo – Mantova – 5 settembre 2020
Giovanni Caccamo (born 8 December 1990 in Modica, Sicily), also known as Joe, is an Italian singer-songwriter.
After being discovered by singer Franco Battiato and producer Caterina Caselli, he won the Newcomer's section of the Sanremo Music Festival 2015, with the song "Ritornerò da te", and released his debut album, Qui per te.
He also worked as a television presenter, and he dubbed the character Uku in the Italian version of Pixar's short film Lava. As a songwriter, he penned songs for Italian recording artists Malika Ayane, Francesca Michielin and Emma Marrone.
Giovanni Caccamo started singing as a child. In 2001, during a Zecchino d'Oro TV special celebrating the Mother's Day, he performed as part of the Piccolo Coro dell'Antoniano, a children's choir from Bologna.
In 2009, Caccamo began working in RAI, as part of the cast of the Rai Gulp's show Music Gate, presented by Georgia Luzi and Michele Bertocchi, and produced by Rai Ragazzi and the Institute of Antoniano. During the TV programme, he appeared as a VJ, under the mononym Joe.
In 2010, he auditioned for the fourth edition of the Italian TV series X Factor, but was eliminated by Mara Maionchi during the Home Visits. Maionchi later selected Caccamo as her potential new finalist of the contest during the 8th live show. He performed the song "50 Special" by Italian pop band Lùnapop, but the public vote selected Anna Tatangelo's contestant Marika Lermani, and he was therefore eliminated.
In the same year, for 30 episodes, he was part of the cast of Social King, hosted by Metis Di Meo and Livio Beshir, which also aired on RAI. In the summer of 2012, he met Franco Battiato and opened some of his tours, including special shows with Antony and the Johnsons.
On 15 August 2013, he released his first single, "L'indifferenza" written by himself and produced by Franco Battiato and Pino Pinaxa Pischetola.
From November 2013, he started performing in several private homes throughout Italy and Europe, singing and playing piano, as part of his Live at Home Tour. The initiative was taken in March 2015 in anticipation as part of the official tour of Qui Per Te. During that time, he was part of the radio show Edicola Fiore hosted by Rosario Fiorello.
In October 2014, he signed a recording contract with Sugar Music.
In 2015, he competed in the 65th edition of the Sanremo Festival and won in the newcomers' section with the song "Ritornerò da te"; He also received the "Mia Martini Critics" Award, the Emanuele Luzzati prize, and the Sherman Press Award (Press Radio-TV).
He has since then appeared in many concerts and music festivals, including as an opening act for famed singer Biagio Antonacci.