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Giorgia Todrani
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Giorgia Todrani, best known as Giorgia was born in Rome, Italy on April 26, 1971. She is an Italian female singer, known for her soulful voice, which is aided by a wide vocal range, high belting register and great vocal abilities. She is one of the most iconic and famous Italian singers. She has released ten studio albums, which all enjoyed good commercial success in Italy. She has sung duets with artists such as Andrea Bocelli, Ricky Fantè, Ronan Keating, Ray Charles, Herbie Hancock and Elton John. Billboard magazine called her "one of the most popular Italian singers" and stated that "she could have made it in the USA too".

She performed from an early age at several roman Jazz clubs. She grew up singing soul and jazz classics by artists such as Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, among others. She recorded her first live album in the early 1990s, called "One More Go Round".

Her debut was on the stage of the Ariston theatre for the 1994 Sanremo Music Festival when she sang "E Poi" in the category Nuove Proposte (New acts). At that festival she won 7th position in the final New act chart - losing to Andrea Bocelli who praised her in his winning speech. But, after the stunning performances she made, she quickly became one of the most popular Italian singers. "E Poi", is still nowadays one of her most famous songs.

Her debut-album Giorgia sold more than 160,000 records. A few months later Luciano Pavarotti asked her to perform with him in a duet at the annual Pavarotti & friends show in Modena, Italy where she astonished the audience with a performance of Queen's "Who Wants to Live Forever". In 1994 Giorgia won the European Award as "best Young Italian artist".

In 1995 she returned to the Sanremo Music Festival, singing "Come Saprei". She won the competition and the critic's award too, becoming the second artist to achieve that - the first being Domenico Modugno. Her second album "Come Thelma & Louise" sold more than 300,000 copies. In this same year, Todrani recorded the song "Vivo per lei" with tenor Andrea Bocelli.

In 1996 she entered the Sanremo Music Festival for the third time with the song "Strano il Mio Destino" and ended in third place. Strano il Mio Destino - Live & Studio 95/96 is the title of her third release, which included live tracks - the Sanremo single and another studio recording. The album sold 270,000 copies.

In the summer of 1997 she released a cover of an old Italian song by Ornella Vanoni called "Un'ora sola ti vorrei", with a new music sound r&b oriented and a new image; later that year, her 3rd studio album "Mangio troppa cioccolata" was released and started a new dimension on her career, with less ballads and more uptempos, focusing more on the sound and in the interpretation than in the vocals, something that will become kind a prerogative in her following releases.

After the release of a song from another soundtrack movie called "Il Cielo in Una Stanza" in the spring of 1999 she released her 4th studio album called "Girasole", one of the top selling Italian songs of the summer of 1999.

In 2000 she realised one of her biggest dreams: Ray Charles invited her to one of his concerts and asked her to sing on the stage "Georgia on My Mind" after she told him that her father named her Giorgia in honour of the song.

In 2001, she returned to Sanremo Music Festival finishing in second place with the song "Di Sole e d'Azzurro" written by Zucchero and included in her 5th studio Album "Senza Ali" , which features jazz icon Herbie Hancock as special guest in the "Il Mare Sconosciuto" track. Previously Giorgia had already performed with Herbie Hancock during his European tour dedicated to George Gershwin in 1999, and during a concert at the Royal Festival Hall of London along with Youssou N’Dour in 2000.

In 2005, Giorgia was the first Italian artist to release an MTV Unplugged recorded in Milan. The live cd includes acoustic versions all of her major hits. The album has been certified 3xplatinum in Italy and gained Giorgia many awards. She was supported by the band of Prince, Terence Blanchard and during the concert she did a duet with soul star Ricky Fanté.

In 2007 she released her 7th studio album, Stonata. The album debuted at the second position of the Italian chart and was certified 2xplatinum. The album featured a duet with one of the most influent Italian singers of all time, Mina. The song was Poche Parole and was the first female duet for Mina, in all her fifty-year long career.

She was nominated as Best Italian act at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2005 in Lisbon for the Italian hit "Gocce di Memoria". One of her most loved duets of all time is 'Vivo per Lei', which she sang with Andrea Bocelli. She is also the only Italian artist to have sung with Elton John. The British singer called Giorgia one of the best voices in the world.

On the 21st of June 2009 Giorgia was involved in the extraordinary concert "Amiche per l'Abruzzo" organized by Laura Pausini at the San Siro Stadium in Milan for the people hit by the earthquake in Abruzzo. She had duets with Elisa, Laura Pausini and other of the greatest Italian female singers.

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