Andrea Bocelli has teamed up with some of the biggest musical stars of today for his new album, ‘Sì’, out today.
The record sees him reunite with his friend Ed Sheeran, following their chart-topping ‘Perfect Symphony’, on a brand new track, called, ‘Amo Soltanto Te’, which was composed by Ed, with lyrics by Tiziano Ferro. Also on the album, Bocelli is joined by Dua Lipa on the single, ‘If Only’, while crossover superstar Josh Groban, and classical soprano Aida Garifullina also sing duets with Andrea on the album. Released on Sugar/Decca today, it’s the first album of new material from Andrea Bocelli in 14 years, and comprises 16 brand new songs celebrating love, family, faith, and hope.
The highlight of the album is the spine-tingling duet between Andrea and his son Matteo. The 20 year old is following in his father’s footsteps on the track ‘Fall On Me’, a beautifully poignant song reflecting the bond between parent and child. The track shall appear in the end credits of the hotly anticipated new Disney film, ‘The Nutcracker And The Four Realms’, starring Keira Knightley, Mackenzie Foy, Helen Mirren, and Morgan Freeman, set for release on November 2. The single is out now, and a stunning music video reveals never before publicly seen photos of Andrea and Matteo from their family photo album.
Speaking about how his voice compares with Matteo’s, Andrea explains,
“Technically they are very different, but there is one thing that makes them most similar: the attitude. That characteristic way of expressing yourself through your voice. This makes Matteo and I very similar. But that is something that you cannot learn, that cannot be taught. That is something you are born with.”
‘Si’ was recorded at Bocelli’s home in Italy, and brings together family and friends. Produced by the legendary Bob Ezrin, known for his work with Pink Floyd, Lou Reed, Alice Cooper, Deep Purple, and Thirty Seconds From Mars, it also includes a song produced by Mauro Malavasi, and another by Andrea’s oldest friend, Pierpaolo Guerrini. In addition to the duet with Matteo, Andrea’s other son, Amos, performs piano on the acoustic version of the track, ‘Sono Qui’ (I Am Here), as well as ‘Ali di Libertà’. Andrea also sings an emotional homage to his wife Veronica, with the track, ‘Vivo’, while ‘If Only’, his duet with Dua Lipa, was co-written by Francesco Sartori and the late Lucio Quarantotto – who helped pen one of Bocelli’s biggest hits, ‘Con Te Partirò’ (Time To Say Goodbye), which was released over 20 years ago and has become of the classical best-selling singles of all time.
Bocelli says of the album,
“I wanted to go back to my memories of being a young man, playing at a piano bar. Obviously since then, I’ve produced lots of albums, sung lots of covers, performed many other things. But at a certain point I said to myself: ‘Maybe the time has come to put my effort into finding new songs.’ Like starting all over again, as it were, in my career.”
Drawing millions in with his popular crossover appeal, Bocelli has collaborated with a host of A-list pop stars including Céline Dion, Tony Bennett, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Lopez, Nicole Scherzinger, and many more. He also wowed UK football fans with a performance for Claudio Ranieri’s Premier League-winning Leicester City at the King Power Stadium in 2016. Bocelli continues to tour the world with major shows in the US, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Canada, Ireland and the UK where fans will have the opportunity to hear his new music. More information on his tour dates here.
‘Sì’ is an album about heart and soul, positivity and family, melody and magic. And for that reason, Bocelli chose the strong, simple title:
“In this historical period we are going through right now, we too often say no. But yes is the word you say when you have your first kiss, when you agree with somebody, when want to make someone feel good. Sì is the word you say every time things will end well. For a thousand and one reasons, sì is the expression of a positive, powerful, human word and feeling and emotion.”
And so, in his 60th birthday year, Andrea Bocelli is proud to return to where it all began, and his uplifting new album ‘Sì’ gives us a window into the world of this extraordinary singer and global icon.