Tuesday, 15 July 2008

Fabrizio Faniello

Fabrizio Faniello (born April 27, 1981) is a Maltese pop singer. He represented Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2001 and 2006. He is seen by many as Malta's hope in its fledgling experimental electronica scene, contributing to many international compilations and collaborating with well known artists as diverse as Jim O'Rourke, Fennesz, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Richard D

. James and Masami Akita.

Faniello has two younger sisters, Claudia and Miriana. Claudia Faniello is also a singer and has performed in various Maltese festivals already, including the Malta Song For Europe 2006 and 2007. Claudia also put up a show in Reggio di Calabria.

Faniello discovered his passion for music at an early age. His teacher advised him to take vocal lessons. However, Faniello was also interested in playing soccer. In 1997 he played for one year in Turin.

When he was 16 however, he chose to make music his profession and returned to Malta. In the meantime he has released 3 successful albums and several singles. Although he has seen the most success in Malta, his singles and albums have been released in many other European countries. He scored a Top 10 hit with "The Whistle Hit" in Sweden in 2004, followed by another small chart hit "Bye Baby Bye Bye" in Sweden in 2005. Faniello is mainly known for light Europop music.

He participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2001 and placed 9th and 2006 where he placed last. He also participated several times in the Maltese pre-selection for the Eurovision Song Contest (see below for additional information).

Faniello's management is located in Germany and a lot of his songs were written or co-written by German songwriters.

Faniello participated many times in the Maltese pre-selections for the Eurovision Song Contest:

1998 - "More Than Just A Game" (2nd place out of 20 contestants)

1999 - "Thankful For Your Love" (8th place out of 16 contestants)

2000 - "Change Of Heart" (2nd place out of 16 contestants)

2001 - "Another Summer Night" (1st place out of 16 contestants)
(Placed 9th in the Eurovision)

2004 - "Did I Ever Tell You" (3rd place out of 16 contestants)

2005 - "Don't Tell It" (12th place out of 22 contestants)

2006 - "I Do" (1st place out of 18 contestants)
(Placed last in the Eurovision)

The songs "Change Of Heart" and, of course, "Another Summer Night" were later included on his debut album ''When I'm Dreaming''. The songs "Did I Ever Tell You" and "Don't Tell It" were released on his 2005 album Believe.

The first time he won the pre-selections with the song "Another Summer Night". He represented Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest 2001 in Copenhagen, Denmark and managed to achieve 9th place. This was the start of his international career.

A lot of controversy surrounded his participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006. He placed last, receiving only 1 point, from Albania, as opposed to the 292 votes given to the winning song, "Hard Rock Hallelujah" by Lordi from Finland, barely avoiding the embarrassment of receiving the fabled nul points.

2001: ''While I'm Dreaming #1 Malta
2004: When We Danced #1 Malta
2005: Believe #1 Malta
2007: Hits & Clips #1Malta
2001: "Another Summer Night"
2001: "My Girl"
2002: "Show Me Now"
2002: "Let Me Be Your Lover"
2002: "Just 4 Christmas"
2004: "When We Danced"
2004: "I'm In Love (The Whistle Song)" #1 Malta, #7 Sweden (15 weeks Top-20), #11 Finland
2005: "Love On The Radio"
2006: "I Do"
2006: "Believe"
2007: "Love Me Or Leave Me"
2007: "I Need To Know"

source : http://www.artistopia.com/fabrizio-faniello/biography

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