AN­DREA’S STILL GO­ING STRONG

Woman’s Day (NZ) - - Be Entertained! -

Ital­ian singing leg­end An­drea Bo­celli was blind from the age of 12, but that didn’t stop him from chas­ing his mu­si­cal dreams. He’s gone on to win nu­mer­ous awards, record 16 al­bums, and sing with the likes of Ce­line Dion and Ari­ana Grande. We caught up with the star to cel­e­brate the re­lease of his lat­est al­bum, Sì.

You re­cently per­formed at Princess Eu­ge­nie’ s wed­ding. How was it?

I have been friends with Eu­ge­nie’s mother Sarah Fer­gu­son for some time and we have col­lab­o­rated on many phil­an­thropic ven­tures. It was there­fore nat­u­ral for my wife Veron­ica and I, to­gether with my sons, to be at her daugh­ter’s wed­ding. And singing for this cou­ple, promis­ing to love one an­other in front of the world and in front of God, was a pleasure and an hon­our, just as it was to share such a spe­cial day.

Your new al­bum fea­tures a du et with Ed Sheer an. What was it like work­ing with him?

Ed con­firmed my be­lief that, amongst the newer gen­er­a­tion, there are ex­tra­or­di­nary tal­ents. He is one of them. He is a true artist, both sen­si­tive and com­pe­tent. It all came about be­cause of a phone call – he asked me to sing his new edi­tion of “Per­fect”. My older sons are both fans of his and be­cause of their en­cour­age­ment, I ac­cepted. A friend­ship was born, a pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ship for both of us that I am happy to say is on­go­ing.

There’ s also a du et with your son. Have you al­ways loved singing to­gether?

This is a fairly re­cent ven­ture. Ap­par­ently Mat­teo was em­bar­rassed to sing in front of me, so he used to duet with record­ings without me know­ing. Luck­ily, he then made up his mind and asked me to lis­ten to him. I frankly think he is gifted. It was a greatly emo­tional ex­pe­ri­ence for both of us, record­ing a song to­gether. Mat­teo con­trib­uted to the lyrics and the re­sult­ing song is about a son who is grow­ing up, on the verge of adult­hood, and a fa­ther who sup­ports him and re­as­sures him.

What would your younger self think of where you are now?

He prob­a­bly would not be­lieve it. I have never aban­doned the dream of liv­ing and sus­tain­ing my fam­ily through my mu­si­cal pro­fes­sion. Af­ter a num­ber of at­tempts, I was vir­tu­ally cer­tain that I would need to make a liv­ing as a lawyer. Each day, I am pro­foundly grate­ful.

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