Leo Aberer Biography
Leo Aberer has received violin lessons since he was seven years old at the Vienna Konservatorium. At the age of 14 he was dedicated to the Vienna opera house and sang together with Placido Domingo in Puccini's Gianni Scicchi. Moreover, he plays guitar and keyboard after he had taught it himself. During the following years he studied jazz at Karl-Franzens-Universität in Graz. At the same time he studied Business Administration and Psychology, which he completed with a Master's degree in 2004.
In 2003 he recorded his first album and also his debut single called “Sterne” (German for "stars"). Both allowed him the entrance into the Austrian charts with position 69 (album) and 21 for his first single. When participating in the Ö3 soundcheck 2005, he reached the second place and received a new record deal at Universal Music. Together with his band he tours through Austria since 2066. During the same year his single “Won´t you know” was part of the Austrian charts for more than 20 weeks. Later he published songs such as “Walking and Talking”. In 2007 Leo Aberer was nominated for Amadeus Austrian Music Award.
As part of the initiative Die Neuen Österreicher Leo Aberer recorded the single “Kinder” (German for "children") in November 2007 together with other musicians. Their whole benefit was donated to an Austrian charity project called Licht ins Dunkel. The song entered No 1 of the Austrian charts on 9 December. At the same time the song achieved No 3 in the Ö3 Austria Top 40 Single-Charts, therefore it was the highest new Austrian song at that time.
Besides several international performances with his own band he supported acts such as Rod Stewart, Earth, Wind & Fire, Sascha, Simple Minds and Right Said Fred on stage.
In 2013 he entered a new part of music business with opening his own music label "Black Baracuda" and publishing house "Leoversum" in Austria.
Leo Aberer´s video for the song “Sweet honey” reached no 14 on the international YouTube -charts on 26 March 2008. In 2010, he reinterpreted it together with Laith al Deen. After he had recorded his longplayer “Sackgasse” he left Austria and went to Los Angeles. There, he started working with rapper LL Cool J and recorded his new album.
In 2010 his album “Wann geda?” was published and made up the first charts entry for Leo Aberer for years. During the same year Leo Aberer published the song “I wanna be free” which was part of Italian´s charts for more than 14 weeks.
In fall of the year 2010 he won the public vote for the Austrian preliminary decision to the Eurovision Song Contest 2011, together with Patricia Kaiser and the song “There Will Never Be Another You”. “There will Never be Another You” became No 1 in the charts some days later.
In May 2012 Leo Aberer travelled to New York City and Budapest where he produced the song “Football is my life” in collaboration with Shaggy. It became the official song for European championships in 2012 Moreover he recorded the song “Giovanna” which entered the charts immediately (No 5 during the year 2013)
In May 2014 he got the “Erzherzog-Johann-Award” which is related to the charity project “Band für Steiermark”
Another cooperation with Shaggy took place during the World Championships in the year 2014 with the song "Football Minha Vida"..
In summer 2014 Leo Aberer achieved his highest charts position with his song “Kangaroo”, stayed there for 10 weeks and achieved No. 1 of the Itunes Charts additionally.
Last but not least he started a new project in November 2014. In collaboration with Marco Angelini he recorded the song “Goodbye” which conducts the Itunes Charts since its publication. “Goodbye” reached chart position No. 9 and was part of the official Austrian Charts for weeks.