Italian pop singer/songwriter Tiziano Ferro became involved in music while attending a local conservatory, taking guitar and piano classes in addition to improving his vocal skills. At the age of 16, he joined a gospel chorus, uncovering his passion for Afro-American music. In 1998, he began working with producers Alberto Salerno and Mara Maionchi, composing his first songs. Three years later, EMI Italy released his debut album, Rosso Relativo, featuring the hit single Xdono. The album put his name on the map, but it was the 2003 follow-up, 111 -- named for the number of pounds his weight "ballooned" to while he suffered bulimia as a teenager -- that launched him to stardom, eventually selling over a million copies. Despite being panned by critics as a manufactured pop confection, he went on to a highly successful career not only as a recording artist -- scoring numerous platinum records and winning armloads of awards -- but as a songwriter for other artists, including Michael Bolton and Blue. Ferro recorded extensively in numerous European languages including Spanish, French, Portuguese, German, and English, most notably with the single Universal Prayer, a duet with British R&B star Jamelia, which was the official anthem of the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. In 2006, he effectively scotched his career in Latin America with a series of spectacularly ill-advised comments about that region on a chat show; his gaffe did nothing to hurt his career in Italy, however, with his next three albums, Nessuno è Solo (2006), Alla Mia Età (2008), and L'Amore È una Cosa Semplice (2011) all going to number one there. In 2010, after years of denial, he finally came out as gay in an interview with Vanity Fair. In 2013, he helped produce the debut solo album by Italian female rapper Baby K; Ferro has also worked on production for material by Giusy Ferreri and Alessandra Amoroso. During late 2014 and early 2015, his hits compilation TZN: The Best of Tiziano Ferro spent several weeks at number one. Driven by a pair of new singles and a stadium tour, it continued to chart highly throughout 2016.
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Pop - Released January 1, 2008 | CAPITOL MUSIC
Tiziano Ferro rose to international chart-topping success with an youthful mix of contemporary R&B and Latin pop, a style he moves away from on his fourth album, Alla Mia Età, whose primary highlights are power ballads. One of Italy's biggest stars of the new millennium, Ferro experienced success at a young age, topping the national charts with his debut album, Rosso Relativo (2001), and its smash hit single, "Perdono," when he was just 21 years old. That first album, the most straighforward R&B effort of Ferro's career to date, remains a favorite among many fans because of its spryness and vigor. The follow-up albums 111 Centoundici (2003) and Nessuno è Solo (2006), and their respective smash hit singles "Xverso" and "Stop! Dimentica," more or less followed in the same direction as Rosso Relativo, albeit with growing ambitions and an increasingly greater mix of Latin pop. Alla Mia Età once again finds Ferro mixing contemporary R&B with Latin pop; however, it's the first of his albums where the pop overtakes the R&B by a clear margin. The primary highlights of Alla Mia Età are all ballads, starting with the majestic title track, which is sequenced after the atmospheric album-opener, "La Tua Vita Non Passerà." Besides the title track, the other primary highlights of Alla Mia Età are "Il Regalo Più Grande," an emotionally moving story of love as the greatest gift in the world; "La Paura Non Esiste," a Laura Pausini co-write that befits her soaring power ballad style; and "Scivoli di Nuovo," another powerhouse ballad that begins sparely with piano and quickly builds to towering heights. Alla Mia Età isn't all ballads. There are quite a few uptempo songs. Sequenced third and fourth, between the aforementioned standout ballads "Alla Mia Età" and "Il Regalo Più Grande," are a couple of good songs with kick. The first, "Il Sole Esiste Per Tutti," is driven by guitar, strings, and a propulsive rhythm track, while the second, "Indietro," boasts a big thumping beat. The album's most danceable moment, "Per un po' Sparirò," is sequenced second to last, bringing the album to an energetic close. Alla Mia Età, whose title translates in English to "At My Age", could be described as a turn toward maturity by Ferro, who was on the verge of turning 30 years old at the time of the album's release. The emphasis on ballads, as excellent as several of them are, will surely disappoint fans hoping for a return to the style of Rosso Relativo. On the other hand, those who have welcomed Ferro's growing ambitions as a singer/songwriter of adult-oriented Latin pop should find plenty to enjoy on Alla Mia Età, another impressive effort by one of Italy's greatest pop music talents of the decade. © Jason Birchmeier /TiVo
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