Raphael Gualazzi – Verona – 4 settembre 2020
Raffaele Gualazzi (born 11 November 1981 in Urbino), better known as Raphael Gualazzi, is an Italian singer and pianist.
On 16 September 2005, Gualazzi released his first studio album, titled Love Outside the Window and distributed by Edel Music.
In 2008, Gualazzi recorded a cover of "Georgia on My Mind" for the compilation Piano Jazz, released in France by Wagram Music.
In September 2010 he released a self-titled digital EP in Italy and Europe. The EP features a cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Don't Stop" and three new songs written by Gualazzi, including his first single, "Reality and Fantasy". The song was later released in a remix version by British/French DJ Gilles Peterson.
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". The song is included in Gualazzi's second studio album, Reality and Fantasy, released on 16 February 2011 by Sugar Music.
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. Gualazzi was the first Italian singer to represent the country since the Eurovision Song Contest 1997. "Madness of Love" finished second out of 43 participating countries with 189 points, 32 points behind the winning song "Running Scared".
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.
In 2014, he took part in the "Big Artists" section in Sanremo 2014 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".