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Marco Mengoni

December 25th, 1988. Marco was born on Christmas Day in Ronciglione (Viterbo, Italy). He became interested in music from an early age: “As a little kid, I used to listen to a little bit of everything, from pop to r&b, from rock to soul music. I discovered karaoke and I would sing when nobody was looking, as I was pretty shy. One day my parents heard me singing and decided to send me to singing lessons. Soon I found out that music was not as easy as I thought, I had a lot to learn…breathing techniques, facial exercises, musical scales, vocalisations of every kind to improve my voice.”

After seven years of musical formation which includes not only singing but also working as a sound technician, Marco wins the third series of X Factor in 2009 and his first EP Dove Si Vola becomes his first success. Only months later he participates in the 60th edition of Sanremo with the song Credimi Ancora and finishes third. His “Re Matto” EP is released.

After a successful tour launch Marco wins the TRL Award in the category “Man of the Year”, the Wind Music Awards and his debut releases are certified Platinum. He then releases the Re Matto live album hitting #1 in Italy. In November 2010 Marco Mengoni wins the “Best Italian Act” Award at the MTV European Music Awards and he also gets the “Best European Act”, as the first Italian in 17 editions to win the award.

In September 2011 he releases a new single Solo and the concept album Solo 2.0. The Solo Tour previews in Milan and Rome are both sold-out. In 2012 he embarks on a theatre tour created by Marco Mengoni, Elisa and Andrea Rigonat. Marco is also the special guest of the event “Premio Leggio d’Oro”, where he gets an award for his dubbing of Onceler, a cartoon character from the movie The Lorax.

Earlier this year Marco wins the 63rd Sanremo Music Festival with his song L'Essenziale and a month later the new album #PRONTOACORRERE is out on Sony Music. Now, besides his new tour, his next challenge is in Malmö: representing Italy at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest!

Lyrics of L'Essenziale

L' ESSENZIALE

Sostengono gli eroi
se il gioco si fa duro
è da giocare
Beati loro poi
se scambiano le offese con il bene
Succede anche a noi
di far la guerra e ambire poi alla pace
e nel silenzio mio
annullo ogni tuo singolo dolore
Per apprezzare quello che
non ho saputo scegliere

Mentre il mondo cade a pezzi
io compongo nuovi spazi
e desideri che
appartengono anche a te
che da sempre sei per me
l'essenziale

Non accetteró
un altro errore di valutazione
l'amore è in grado di
celarsi dietro amabili parole
che ho pronunciato prima che
fossero vuote e stupide

Mentre il mondo cade a pezzi
io compongo nuovi spazi
e desideri che
appartengono anche a te
Mentre il mondo cade a pezzi
mi allontano dagli eccessi
e dalle cattive abitudini
tornerò all'origine

torno a te che sei per me
l'essenziale
L'amore non segue le logiche
Ti toglie il respiro e la sete

Mentre il mondo cade a pezzi
mi allontano dagli eccessi
e dalle cattive abitudini
tornerò all'origine
torno a te che sei per me
l'essenziale
THE ESSENTIAL



Heroes say

When the game gets tough

It’s time to play

Bless them when, though

They mistake offenses for good acts

Happens to us too

To make war and then long for peace

And then in my silence

I annihilate your every single pain

And now I appreciate

What I wasn’t able to choose



As the world falls into pieces

I craft new spaces and needs

That belong to you too

You, whom I believe to be the ESSENTIAL



I won’t accept another

Wrong decision

Love can hide behind loving words

That I uttered before

they turned empty and vain



As the world falls into pieces

I craft new spaces and needs

That belong to you too

As the world falls into pieces

I move away from excesses

And bad habits

To go back to the origins



Going back to you

You, whom I believe to be the ESSENTIAL

Love won’t abide any rules

It takes your breath away

and quenches your thirst



As the world falls into pieces

I craft new spaces and needs

That belong to you too

As the world falls into pieces

I move away from excesses

And bad habits

To go back to the origins

To go back to you, whom I believe to be the ESSENTIAL