Marco Mengoni Biography
In February 2010, Mengoni competed in the 60th Sanremo Music Festival with the song "Credimi ancora", placing third in a field of fifteen. The song was included in his second extended play, Re matto, which debuted at number one in Italy. The EP was promoted through an Italian tour, which yielded the live album Re matto live.
Mengoni's first full-length studio album, Solo 2.0, was released in September 2010, and it was certified gold by the Federation of the Italian Music Industry. In 2013, Mengoni won the 63rd Sanremo Music Festival with his song "L'essenziale". During the competition he was internally selected by RAI to represent Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö, where he performed "L'essenziale". The song also became the lead single of the album #prontoacorrere, which became his fourth number-one on the Italian Albums Chart.
During his career, Mengoni has received several awards, including two TRL Awards, nine Wind Music Awards and nine MTV Italian Music Awards. In 2010 he also became the first Italian artist to win the MTV Europe Music Award for Best European Act.
Marco Mengoni was born on 25 December 1988 in Ronciglione, a comune in the province of Viterbo, in central Italy, where he also spent his childhood. He is the only child of Nadia Ferrari and Maurizio Mengoni. At the age of fourteen, while studying industrial design at high school, he started to take singing lessons. Mengoni later started to perform as a member of a five-piece vocal group. After graduating, he moved to Rome, where he enrolled on a degree course in Languages. During his studies, he occasionally worked as a barman and he performed in piano bars and during weddings. During the same years, he had his first experience in the recorded music business, working as a sound mixer and as a music programmer.
In February 2013, Mengoni competed in the 63rd Sanremo Music Festival with the songs "L'essenziale" and "Bellissimo". On 12 February 2013, "L'essenziale" won against "Bellissimo" as the song to be performed by Mengoni during the next stages of the competition. During the fourth night, he also performed a cover of Luigi Tenco's "Ciao amore ciao". On 16 February 2013, Mengoni was announced the winner of the competition. During the same night, an internal jury also chose Mengoni among the other participants to the competition as the Italian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013.
A shortened version of "L'essenziale" was later chosen as the song to be performed during the Eurovision Song Contest. As part of the "Big Five", Mengoni automatically qualified for the final of the competition, held in Malmö, Sweden, on 18 May 2013. Mengoni finished seventh in a field of 26, receiving 126 points.
After being released as a single, "L'essenziale" debuted at number one on the Italian Digital Downloads chart, holding the top spot for a total of eight consecutive weeks and being certified multi-platinum. Both "L'essenziale" and "Bellissimo" were included in Mengoni's second studio album, #prontoacorrere, produced by Michele Canova and released in Italy on 19 March 2013. The album, which features songs written by artists such as Mark Owen, Gianna Nannini, Ivano Fossati and Cesare Cremonini, debuted at number one in Italy, and it was certified platinum by the Federation of the Italian Music Industry. The following singles from the album, "Pronto a correre" and "Non passerai", were released in Italy on 19 April and on 23 August 2013, respectively, and they both entered the top-ten in Mengoni's home country.
In July 2014, Mengoni said that his Eurovision experience left him "a little astonished" and that he would compete again "without a second thought."